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Ditch your tired old slides, drop those boring bullet points--and start reimagining your presentations for absolutely stunning results! Killer Presentations with Your iPad shows you how to open the ears, eyes--and minds--of your audience and ...
Ditch your tired old slides, drop those boring bullet points--and start reimagining your presentations for absolutely stunning results! Killer Presentations with Your iPad shows you how to open the ears, eyes--and minds--of your audience and keep them highly engaged from beginning to end.
"There are two ways of spreading light . . . to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it. This book combines both. Buy the book and learn how to brilliantly light up your audiences." -- Michael Michalko, bestselling author of Thinkertoys
"Packed with powerfully imaginative ideas, new techniques, and competition-beating strategies that will give more compelling, riveting, and most importantly, winning presentations!" -- Dan Poynter, Editor, Global Speakers NewsBrief
"Priceless information, ideas, strategies, and tips on how to greatly amplify the power of what you're delivering, especially using the iPad along with our iPresent app to become the ultimate Killer Presenter." --Phil Lenton , Founder and CEO, iPresent
The Big Picture: The World Has Changed. Have You Changed Your Presentations?
In 1970, Alvin Toffler wrote Future Shock, an international bestselling book that chronicles the impact of "too much change in too short a period of time." Toffler declared that society would be undergoing an enormous structural transformation—a revolution from an industrial society to a "super-industrial society" with unfathomable technological change. In the same year, Intel announced a DRAM memory chip storing more than 1,000 bits of data, IBM Selectric typewriters filled offices, and minicomputers were just starting to take off. Toffler called that "radical change." At the time, it was considered so.
Can you imagine how "change" back in 1970 would appear to us today when we really can't keep up with the lightning-quick onslaught of amazing innovations in science, medicine, aviation, engineering, and digital products that seem to come out overnight? Everything is spinning faster, more furiously, and often unpredictably in worldwide politics, society, the environment, and the global economy. People's sense of "future shock" almost 45 years ago now seems shockingly tame. You have heard the alarm about impending change all too often. What does it have to do with presentations?
If You Don't Change, You Will Be Changed—and You May Not Like It!
With the introduction of the iPad, new presentation apps designed especially for it, and our innovative P-XL Model, it's time to change or be changed.
The way your company gives important presentations can directly and indirectly affect its longevity and growth. Let's compare the list of Fortune 500 companies in the "future shock year" of 1970 with the 2012 list as a telling reference point. Only 78 companies appear in both lists. That means about 16 percent of the Fortune 500 companies in 1970 were still on the list 42 years later. Almost 84 percent of the companies were gone—they either went bankrupt, merged, became private, or fell from the list of companies ranked by gross revenue. That's a lot of churning and creative destruction—it's likely safe to say that new companies in new industries will replace many of today's Fortune 500 companies over the next 42 years.
Look at the computer industry in the 1970s. While Apple, founded in 1976, is still a dominant force, you probably don't remember or never heard of a group of big mainframe computer competitors known as the "BUNCH"—Burroughs, Univac, NCR, Control Data, and Honeywell. Only NCR is still around, and it was radically restructured. Then, there were successful minicomputer firms like Digital Equipment Corporation, Data General, Wang, Datapoint, and others. Recall them? They all went belly up. They didn't change when change was desperately needed. They shunned "planned abandonment" and clung tightly to yesterday's successes rather than seeing they were no longer relevant in a changing world. The signs were there, but many chose to ignore them and hoped they would go away.
IBM, which is now over 100 years old, has been through numerous upsets and some near-death experiences in the industry. The company not only survived, but thrived, because it adapted, innovated, and moved quickly to take advantage of new trends and new directions. Who made the list of most admired companies in the world by Fortune magazine in 2013 and why? Apple was number one. It, above all others, embraces and religiously practices planned obsolescence. Apple and other companies, such as Google, Intel, Boeing, and John Deere (which made the most admired list), master changes that others dread or ignore. These companies know a competitor can pop up suddenly with a potentially disruptive technology, product, or process and threaten their market share. They have to keep their lead and never be complacent.
The most admired companies and those that have longevity on the Fortune 500 list are continually reinventing themselves to own the future. Some in those companies gave stirring Killer Presentations—critical presentations at a critical time—that helped to bring about necessary change and innovation. Those Killer Presentations were so compelling and convincing that senior management bought into them, often in spite of initial reservations, doubts, or hesitancy to change course. Those presentations were the spark that made the difference between moving ahead as industry rock stars or falling back into oblivion. Just as companies need to change, so do presentations that are stuck in a time warp around the black hole called PowerPoint.
What Is Your Business, and What Is Killer Presentations About?
Peter F. Drucker, who wrote 39 books, is considered one of the greatest management gurus and business thinkers of all time. He said the two essential functions that business needs to focus on are innovation and marketing—innovation in products, services, business models, processes, management techniques, and overall operations. And who would disagree about the critical nature of marketing in a world where clever spin doctors can weave gold from straw?
One of Drucker's most important books is The Age of Discontinuity, which presents innovation and entrepreneurship as vital disciplines an organization must wholly embrace. Discontinuities are those unanticipated events that can suddenly shift and upset the landscape in an industry or for a company, requiring an immediate response either to mitigate loss or to capture opportunity. His books and advice were early warning systems, cautioning us to be the change and not suffer the change that is unrelenting and often unforgiving for those sitting on the sidelines. We know of companies that lost huge deals because their competitors outpresented them with innovative Killer Presentations, while they continued to use presentation models that were becoming increasingly obsolete.
Peter Drucker believed that the first responsibility of managers was to ask themselves a simple question: "What is your business?" He believed that only the customer could accurately answer that question from different perspectives. For example, a person might say her company is in the financial software business, while her customer might say that the company was in the business of helping the customer to simplify and better understand financial variables to make better, faster, and safer investment decisions.
Okay, what does all this have to do with our book? This question begets two more. First, what is this book about? You will find that Killer Presentations is all about how to create innovative presentations—how to move far beyond the dull, predictable PowerPoint presentations that are giving you mediocre or disappointing results. Innovation is at the heart of this book. Second, what is the business of this book, as Drucker might ask? You the reader (as customer) might tell us it is ultimately about:
* Closing more and bigger deals and gaining an increasing competitive lead
* Having your company buy into a new marketing program and strategy
* Convincing your management to adopt a new course of action
* Getting your executives to shine in the public eye as a result of their "Killer" speeches
* Persuading your management to develop exciting new products and services
* Showing how to get a greater return on investments in new ventures and projects
* Communicating a potential engineering solution that will solve a major problem
* Enlightening your customers about your company's new, improved value proposition
* Selling your team on creating new training programs to improve operations
* Communicating an exciting new vision for your organization that will galvanize and energize employees, customers, and other stakeholders
Following the advice in this book will transform your presentations into a powerful strategic tool to improve your business operations, affect your financials, and give your company that much-needed competitive boost. The goal of just "giving more effective presentations" will become a thing of the past. Killer Presentations will bring about much needed change and progress in your organization ... and in your career.
State of Presentations and How You Can Take Smart Advantage of It
If Killer Presentations can bring about numerous benefits for your organization, the converse is true: bad presentations will lose deals, cause missed opportunities, and otherwise negatively affect the chances of success in any number of organizational ventures and projects.
Besides being a waste of time for most people, bad presentations are costly, notes Dave Paradi, coauthor of Guide to PowerPoint. He says that, according to Microsoft, about 30 million PowerPoint presentations (of all types) are given every day. Assuming conservatively that there are four people per presentation, that each presentation takes on average a half hour, and that the time wasted in a poor presentation is one-quarter of the presentation time, Paradi calculates that bad presentations waste 15 million person-hours per day. Based on an average (conservative) salary of $35,000 per year for those attending the meeting, the cost of that wasted time is a staggering $252 million each day. And that does not include costly opportunities lost in other ways.
Ray Anthony's company conducted a comprehensive 25-question research survey with over 200 executives from 14 companies in which he asked mostly C-level individuals to rate presentations given to them. Keep in mind that presentations given to important decision makers are likely to be better prepared and delivered than those lower-priority talks done on an everyday basis. The question asked in the survey was, "Looking back on presentations that you were a member of, how would you rate the overall quality of those presentations?" Here were the responses from the survey:
8 percent Excellent
21 percent Good
38 percent Acceptable
23 percent Mediocre
10 percent Poor
Only 30 percent rated typical presentations given to them as excellent or good! Acceptable, mediocre, and certainly poor presentations (the other 70 percent) would not likely impress executives enough to encourage them to approve a project or commit to something important. When it came to rating the quality (design, type, other) of visual aids used by most people giving presentations to the executives, here were their answers:
* 0 percent Excellent quality
* 42 percent Good quality
* 53 percent Moderate quality
* 5 percent Poor quality
In this case, executives said that about 6 out of 10 presentations essentially had mediocre visuals that could adversely affect their understanding of the content and their decision making.
Ray Anthony's former company, Genesis Training Solutions, surveyed almost 500 salespeople and sales managers in 29 organizations from 9 industries on creativity in selling. Some key findings indicated that:
* 92 percent either agreed or strongly agreed that using creativity in selling is critical in today's market.
* 95 percent wanted to be more creative in their jobs.
* When asked, "How much creative potential do you use on the job?" the average answer for all respondents was 60 percent. Only 5 percent of people admitted they were using their full creative power at work.
* When asked which of 23 sales activities would improve with increased creativity, "Delivering Sales Presentations" was ranked first, with "Creating Competitive Sales Strategies" as second in importance.
The survey confirmed the overwhelming importance and competitive advantage of being more creative in selling and presenting from the perspective of sales professionals and their managers.
Do You Want to Grab a Huge Opportunity?
If a select percentage of presentations can be that important, and if most are bad, you may be wondering why more people don't deliver more Killer Presentations. One reason is that everyone is overworked these days, whether in Europe, America, China, Japan, or elsewhere. People are simply doing more and working longer hours; they find little extra time to devote to what they might perceive as a lower-priority task. Yet it really does not take a lot more time to put together a better talk and learn several key techniques and skills that will make you shine in front of a group.
Second, if everyone else is giving relatively shoddy PowerPoint presentations, why bother if managers don't seem to care? How many companies are pushing staff to improve their presentations? Third, many professionals (especially executives) don't believe they need presentation or speech training or coaching. Finally, most people don't appear to see anything really wrong about the way they give presentations, especially if they have not yet experienced consistently negative consequences. However, when people can experience the real difference a Killer Presentation can make, they wonder why they haven't jumped on board that bandwagon sooner.
Here's the huge opportunity to be grabbed: if most presentations are poorly done and you have to give important (sales, marketing, technical, or executive-level) presentations, you have a perfect chance to shine above other presenters, including your competition. Delivering an especially impressive Killer Presentation or speech will quickly elevate your professional image and status, perhaps putting you in front of people who could be influential to your career. With competition so (internationally) iFrenetic and iFerocious, giving superb presentations will assure you a leading edge in many outcomes. In that case, you and your iPad might stand for "I Produce Awesome Deliverables!"
How Presentations Have Changed over Time
Business presentations have come a long way over the last century. Visual aids came into widespread use in the 1920s and 1930s with the introduction of filmstrips and large charts, often called poster boards. The 1950s saw the frequent use of 35-mm slides in the ubiquitous Kodak carousel projector, overhead transparencies displayed through an overhead projector, and flip charts. Some training events and some rare presentations showed 16-mm film from a projector.
Now fast-forward to May 22, 1990, and the official launch of Microsoft PowerPoint as part of the Microsoft Office Suite. Instead of waiting days or weeks to get your 35-mm slides back, you could now create everything on your computer and use it immediately. You could print out your slides as handouts and make changes right up to the moment you got up to present. And you had all those fancy animations, transitions, sounds, and abilities to do much graphic or otherwise distracting damage to your presentation. In 2003 Apple introduced its Keynote software as an alternative to PowerPoint.
As powerful as PowerPoint and Keynote were, perhaps 95 percent of users still designed and presented as if the programs were simply digital replacements for 35-mm slides. Of course, there were new and impressive capabilities, but most of us shunned good design techniques and filled the slides with machine gun bullets, paragraphs of small text, crowded tables, and incredibly busy charts that could only be read with an electron microscope. The misuse of PowerPoint (and even Keynote) continues to this day, as you know. It's not that PowerPoint is the sole problem itself—it's how it is used and abused. Unfortunately, its many options led people to think that you should have some exploding or other fancy transition after each slide. And because they are available, why not mix a couple dozen different animations on slides that take up precious time and do nothing but add visual noise to clutter up one's presentation?
"The future has a way of arriving unannounced," said journalist and commentator George Will. And so it was on April 3, 2010, Apple ushered in a new era in giving presentations with the iPad, followed by the mini on December 2, 2012. New apps like iPresent were especially designed for the innovative new capabilities of the iPad. Now, instead of giving one-sided, sequential presentations with dated software apps, you could deliver more interactive presentations—the start of a revolution in presentations.
But just as laptops using PowerPoint and Keynote were a technological advancement over 35-mm slides, replacing your laptop with an iPad without changing your presentation style is merely another technical evolution. The iPad begs for a whole new model, a paradigm shift, in presenting (like the P-XL2 Model we developed and describe in the book) and for new presentation apps. Only then will the exclusive features, abilities, and power of the iPad bring about more than evolution. They offer the possibility for a revolution. Viva la revolución!
Use Killer Presentations as a Vital Strategic Asset and Tool
Killer Presentations that are creative, compelling, and strategically designed will give your company a decided advantage over your competitors and contribute toward your steady growth and long-term prosperity. Improving presentations internally will work wonders in your organization, association, government agency, military branch, or university. Companies that integrate presentations as part of a grand strategy can expect boosted business opportunities and the more efficient use of resources as a result. Whether justified or not, your presentations to audiences often appear as an impressionistic microcosm and reflection of your organization's branding and professionalism. Important presentations made by your organization's leaders are "executive visibility amplifiers" that can operate in both directions—helping or hurting one's image, career, and reputation. Killer Presentations will help people in your company grab the big deals you thought were out of reach. Your marketing professionals will promote your company and its products and services with renewed vigor. And your R&D, manufacturing, and product design teams will be able to give sharply focused internal presentations that help your higher-ups make favorable decisions.
Excerpted from Killer Presentations with Your iPad by Ray Anthony, Bob LeVitus, Barbara Boyd. Copyright © 2014 McGraw-Hill Education. Excerpted by permission of McGraw-Hill Education.
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CHAPTER 1 The Big Picture: The World Has Changed. Have You Changed Your
CHAPTER 2 Let's Face It—You Are the Winning Message!
CHAPTER 3 What Makes a Killer Presentation?
CHAPTER 4 The P-XL2 Model: Gearing Up the Power of Your iPad
CHAPTER 5 Creating Your iPad Presentation
CHAPTER 6 Expert's Corner: Advanced Ideas and Tips for Killer iPad
CHAPTER 7 Presenting at In-Person and Virtual Meetings with Your iPad
CHAPTER 8 How to "Prop Up" and "Model" Your Presentation
CHAPTER 9 Riveting Openings and Killer Conclusions