Business Charts: A Typology of Business Charts & How To Use Them

Michael SmithUncategorized

To effectively communicate with data, we must select the appropriate chart type based on the data relationship we wish to communicate. This post provides an overview of the 8 types of data relationships we can communicate with data and explains the best charts and graphs to use to illustrate each of these data relationships.

SlideHeroes Partnering with Seneca College

Michael SmithUncategorized

We are thrilled to have partnered with Seneca College to make the SlideHeroes Presentation Excellence Certification course a core element of Seneca’s ‘Presenting Complex Information’ curriculum. In the video above, Seneca students and instructors describe how SlideHeroes is helping teach students to slay their presentation audiences with structure, story, substance and style. We are looking forward to working with Seneca … Read More

BCG Presentation Review: Consultant’s Tricks Exposed

Michael SmithUncategorized

In this post we conduct a ‘teardown’ of a presentation from Boston Consulting Group, exploring what it does well and making some suggestions in areas where there may be room for improvement. BCG and McKinsey presentations have a particular style which you can read about more here. They tend to be highly structured and analytical. This presentation is made available … Read More

Presentation Tools 2019: 4 Powerful Tools to Improve your Presentation

Michael SmithUncategorized

4 Powerful Tools To Improve Your Business Presentation

Over 1,000 professionally designed slides. Fully editable. Multiple color versions. Your presentation is your value-add. It is how you are representing yourself and your ideas to the world. There’s no escaping the effort required to create a great presentation. There’s no shortcut (learning the ins and outs of structuring and writing a McKinsey-style presentation can help). But there are tools … Read More

Presentation Tips: 10 Mistakes That Will Get You Fired or Ignored

Michael SmithUncategorized

10 Startling Business Presentation Mistakes

The vast majority of business presentations suck. We know this. Usually we blame bad PowerPoint. This article provides presentation tips on 10 mistakes we should avoid accidentally making. There’s lots of presentation tips out there meant to help us. But if you work in corporate America, I would suggest you ignore most of it because most ‘business presentation advice’ doesn’t … Read More

Public Speaking Anxiety: 8 Steps to Conquering the Fear

Michael SmithUncategorized

Controlling Public Speaking Anxiety

It often begins with butterflies. In the pit of your stomach. Then, your heart begins to race. Your head starts to swim. Your palms start to sweat. Not the first-blush of love. Not the excruciating climb to the top of a roller-coaster. Public speaking anxiety. For near 30% of Americans, it doesn’t get worse than public speaking. In fact according … Read More

Bad PowerPoint: In Defense of PowerPoint Presentations

Michael SmithUncategorized

A Defense of PowerPoint Presentations

PowerPoint has a bad rep. In some quarters it is hated (there is a political party working to ban it in Switzerland).
As business presentation creators we can’t lay our presentation failures at the feet of PowerPoint. We commonly make three crucial mistakes that ruin our business presentations.