Presentation Skills – Proper Slide Delivery

Frequent readers know that the only way to assure your presentation audience will stay with you every step of the way is to maintain proper eye contact throughout your presentation. Proper eye contact involves delivering your presentation as a series of one-on-one conversations with each member of the audience, and holding eye-contact with members through to the end of a thought or complete sentence. Most presenters hold eye contact with any one person no more than one second – to effectively bond with your audience, you need to pump that up to a range more like three to eight.

The image to keep in mind here is that you are never delivering to a group of individuals, but rather to individuals in a group. (When people ask me what’s the largest number of people I’ve ever spoken to, I always answer, “one”.)

When delivering a PowerPoint presentation, maintaining proper eye contact becomes difficult if your slides are structured like most we see in the corporate world today – with way more information than the audience can digest before the speaker feels compels to start speaking. In order to maintain constant eye contact with members of the audience, you must restrict the volume of information that you toss up on the screen at any one time. Otherwise, you will do what most presenters do, which is to spend much of the presentation looking at the screen. In fact, you must restrict each new parcel of information to that which can be absorbed by both you and the audience in just a few seconds – ten at the very most.

That will set you up to then smoothly and coherently transfer the information from the screen to the audience. We call the procedure for doing this “Absorb, Align, and Address.”


When new information appears on the screen, all eyes will follow it, and at this point it is OK, and desirable, for you, too, to look to the screen. By doing so, you “give permission” to the audience to get prepared for what’s coming next. That’s all the screen info should include, too: just enough information to set the stage for what you are going to discuss. At this point, because you are not looking at any individual in the group, you must be silent.

Rule Number 9: If your eyes aren’t locked, your jaw must be.

When you have absorbed the data bite, you can now think for a moment on how to phrase what you want to say to start off. This would not include expounding on the point, but merely filling out the talking points to make a grammatically correct statement.


Once you and your audience have had the opportunity to take in this info, you then need to turn your attention away from the screen, and lock eyes (align) with a member of the audience. This is the most difficult part, physically, to perform, as the natural tendency is to begin speaking as soon as you have formulated your statement.


Locked on, you finally can address your selected member of the audience with your version of the talking point.

Understand that if what you’re addressing is a bullet point, this address should not be the actual words. You may always say more than the line on the screen, but never, never any less. Keep in mind that the group will read everything that’s on the screen, so if you put words up there but don’t speak to them, you are actually insulting your audience: These words aren’t important enough for me to bother with but I wanted to take up your brain’s time and effort just the same.

How many times has this happened to you: You go to a presentation and see slide after slide with all kinds of footnotes and small type, or graphs with legends and data to which the presenter never refers? You’re looking at all the elements on the slide trying to figure out which stuff is most important, and then the presenter never even mentions half the stuff you’ve read. How does that make you feel? For most people, the first slide that contains more information than the presenter chooses not to discuss is the point at which they check out, deciding to figure it all out later from the handout, which, of course, they trash at the first can they see outside the presentation room.

Once learned, the Absorb, Align and Address system is a beautiful thing to behold. Slides designed with this system never suffer from TMI, and thus never have too much for the presenter to deal with. Presenter confidence is high, and the audience feels this big time. The audience is forced to turn their attention to you, because there’s not enough information to allow them to jump to their own conclusions. By the same token, you are now able to direct all of your speaking to the audience and not the screen.

But here’s the really fun part: When you follow this simple plan for both design and delivery, almost anyone can look and sound like an expert on their subject, regardless of how much prep time they’ve put into rehearsing the presentation! We prove this in our corporate training classes by having participants deliver other participant’s presentations that we have edited and revised to comply with the “rules” (next chapter). Preferably, off course, you would have a good background in the subject matter, so that you can deliver the “meat on the bones” part effectively. But if you know to what the talking points refer, and you also know that no more material than you can deliver in just a few seconds will appear, you can actually give a presentation for the very first time and sound like you know what you’re talking about!

What Links Cash Advances To Stress? Looking Beyond The Present Problem

Do you stress about paying off the online cash advance or about what caused the financial problems in the first place? A short-term loan is not set up to fix long-term financial problems, but rather a quick fix to an emergency cost.

I would think that the only people stressing about a cash advance are the ones who have taken one out and now cannot pay it back. Since each financial situation is different, it is hard to make that call as an outsider. Money management takes some knowhow and common sense. If a person does not have enough income to make their ends meet then it would be tough to pay off a cash advance in one payment. A short-term cash advance then evolved into a long-term high interest problem.

Other causes started the cash flow problem before a cash advance came into the picture.

*Medical expenses

*Loss of employment

*Hours cut back



*Poor money management

*Living beyond means

*These are some of the leading reasons given for debt problems. A cash advance rarely starts the financial problem. Each one of these listed reasons begin the stress which slowly builds over time and creates desperate situations for emergency finances.

Credit counseling is a great way to help someone get a handle back onto their budget. If the problems are severe enough there are many financial opportunities to explore with the counselor. Before a decision is made, the counselor will want to rework the budget and see how much can be improved upon in the expense area.

Once the credit counselor had stripped your budget down to bare taxes, the process to rebuild it will begin. Take an honest look at your income and what you can do to improve it. How much more money would it take to not have to live paycheck to paycheck or to pay off a few bills in order to make the monthly finances more streamlines.

Once you work on the income side of the problem, dig into the cutting back. Many monthly costs are not necessary living expenses, but rather luxuries. What would we do without our movie channels, endless magazine subscriptions, take-out dinners or fancy coffees? You will live just fine with a few minor adjustments. It i more the state of mind than going without some perks which at the present moment you cannot afford. Of course, there are those who have nothing left to cut back on, but in their case, there should be other solutions used rather than a cash advance offer which seems so comforting at the moment. Stressful times may block some of the common sense rationalism behind making financial decisions.

All income levels carry financial stresses as personal money matters are relative to the situation. If you find that your stress is primarily caused from money troubles, dig deeper to the cause. Taking care of the surface problem is not going to stop whatever problem created it. Solve those problems as soon as possible so your money stresses do not affect your long-term health.

Masonic Groups Losing Ground in Present Period; Can they survive to Future Periods?

The Masonic Groups are losing ground currently and they are losing political influence. But why is this? It is because the population of the United States of America is now at 300 million people and no matter how they play politics behind the scenes there are just too many people and the media is just too powerful and they are losing control of their power base.

The use of networking, storytelling and spreading rumors can only go so far when the masses of people have turned over their mind to the constant bombardment of mass media. The Masonic Groups have their buildings in a state of disrepair and in this state of material wealth desires of the general population and with the image of those Masonic decaying buildings, well they simply do not look like anything substantial enough to be taken seriously.

Additionally many of the people in the Masonic groups who have been taken in as members are under whelming in their level of intelligence. I speak without ego and only exact observations. I have been to every single city in the United States of America in the last four years and I have sat in coffee shops and talked to people, Masons and listened to the stories and tales.

I fully understand the good old boy network situations in many towns, but things are changing and Masonic groups are losing ground because they no longer have the image, are not recruiting high IQ intellectuals or using the mass media to help their efforts. I believe the Masonic groups are losing ground in the present period and I do not believe they can survive future periods as they will be passed by.

They can no longer control people through their rumors or secrets. I have nothing against the Masonic groups and have friends who are masons, as well as understand their place in our society in their work in the past periods. But I do watch trends, I am a futurist and I definitely know what I’m talking about, so, if you are a Mason do not take this as a detraction, but rather a warning of an inevitable future. It is time for the Masonic groups to adapt or decay. What happens next is up to them. Consider this in 2006.