If you haven’t read the book, Boring to Bravo: Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve, and Inspire Your Audience to Action, here’s a sneak peak at the table of contents, the introduction and the first chapter!
The book shares a ton of ideas, tips and tools to help you make your presentations more engaging and interactive. Whereas this page has many of the tools you need to move your presentations from boring to BRAVO! And here’s the best part: They are FREE to you!
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Note: Most of the downloads are in pdf or word format – so you can choose to use as is, or customize it to your own preferences.
Technique Checksheet – (PDF) – Here’s a quick reference guide of all the techniques listed in my book, Boring to Bravo: Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve, and Inspire Your Audience to Action.
Energy Curves – (PDF) | (PPT) – When infusing your presentation with these techniques, you can use these energy curves to see if you are moving the audience from a high-energy, high-impact, or high-intensity technique to a less-intense activity. As you place your “technique cards” along the curves, you will be able to see if the flow makes sense to you.
Response Cards – (PDF) | (DOC) When taking a straw poll, print out these cards to quickly assess the audience response. I print “yes/agree” on green card stock, “maybe/undecided” on yellow card stock, and “no/disagree” on red card stock.
Countdown Timer – (PPT) – When on a break, start the countdown timer so all know when you will reconvene. This timer is in PowerPoint format, so you can easily customize it with your own color scheme and photos!
Footprints – Black | Blue | Green | Orange | Red | White | Yellow |
– Engage the audience even before they step into your room with these colorful footprints! Just print out a bunch of the left and right footprints on a full sheet of clear labels, cut out the footprints and slap them on the floor leading into your room. (Note: Pick a contrasting color so they don’t blend into the floor!)
Inclusive Language Checksheet – (PDF) | (DOC) – Use this checksheet to count the number of times you use inclusive language (personal pronouns and some form of the words “you” and “we”) vs. the times you use the imperial “me” and “I”. If you are truly engaging the audience, you should, at a minimum, be 2:1. Ideally, you should aim for 4:1. Remember, it’s about them, not you!
Presentation Self Assessment – (PDF) | (DOC) – Want to get better? If you really want to improve your presentation skills, go the extra mile and critique yourself using this form – instructions provided!
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