Resources for Presenters

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Resources

This page is intended to help you find information that can you use to conceive and construct your presentation so that your message has the maximum impact. Each link below will take you to the individual section. Click on the “+” to open the list. 

If you have a suggestion for a helpful resource, please let us know in the form below. We’d love to hear from you!!

Each link below will take you to the individual section. Click on the “+” to open the list. 
(Re: Presentation Books - Due to the size of this section, the link will open a new page)

Presentation Blogs

If you’ve been living on a desert island for the past few years, first, welcome back. Second, “blogs”,  a contraction of “web log” are enormously popular outlets for people to write about any topic that tickles their fancy. Our collection of Presentation Blogs is an excellent mix of information, inspiration, and entertainment.

If you have a blog that you’d like us to add, please send us a note via our Contacts page

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Research Shelf

Research can be a “sticky wicket” for a busy presenter. In other words, in the effort to gather the most information, a presenter can easily get caught up in the minutiae of a topic and simply spend too much time researching and not enough time actually crafting the presentation.

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PowerPoint Blogs

This sounds like it should be under the “Presentation Blog Resources” category, but the sheer number and quality of these blogs make them stand out. PowerPoint is arguably one of the most popular tools used by presenters today and our collection of websites will help you use it to it’s fullest.

If you have a blog that you’d like us to add, please send us a note via our Contacts page

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PowerPoint Templates

You’re saying to yourself, “Slide templates? Seriously? I just read how you’re not supposed to use those”. Well, yes and no. The Better Presenter recommends that they may be used with restraint. They add to your slide deck by creating a unifying visual element, but if you have a long presentation, seeing the same template,  slide after slide can be dull.

Templates are ideal if you have a short time to prepare a presentation. A quality design allows you to present your information in a clear, professional format and gives you the time you need to focus on the other important elements of the presentation.

The Better Presenter’s Online Presentation Training Program has dedicated a chapter to creating your own template in “Unleashing Your Inner Designer”

There are many sites on the internet to find unique and inexpensive templates. There are also a lot of free templates. When choosing a template, keep in mind contrast, appropriateness to the topic, suitability of color scheme and branding (corporate logos etc). Another important consideration is whether a template is necessary for your specific presentation.

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The Writer’s Desk

There’s a great Latin phrase used in the study of art history; ‘Horror vacui’ meaning ‘fear of empty space’. At some point, most writers, staring at a blank page or screen will associate with that ‘horror’. You try to think of something to write and  …just …nothing …comes.

Our writer’s resources are full of articles and tools to inspire you and bust any blocks between you and an eloquent, engaging, engrossing, enjoyable, entertaining, enthralling, and exciting presentation (I found an alliteration dictionary!).

Helpful blogs, sites and pages for the presentation writer

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Image/Photo Resources

The human brain is remarkably sophisticated when it comes to processing images. Great images can evoke strong emotions or build memorable associations. The better the quality of the picture used in a presentation, the better the association made with the related material.

We highly recommend using the best photos and artwork your budget will allow. All of the images used to build this website and our instructional program come from this resource list.

Using Royalty Free Images is very important so that there is a one-time fee. It is important to review the terms of use to ensure it suits your needs. There are also sites that offer fully free images with perhaps the requirement to note the photo source when using the image. It is imperative you follow the guidelines of use for any image (ie. Editorial use only images). Some sites may require you to fill out a registration form.

Prices vary greatly for Royalty Free images, but generally, we find what we are looking for at a cost of about $2 per image at our top two sites noted below.

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Free Online Graphics Editing Tools

“I don’t have an artistic bone in my body”. Is that something you may have said in the past? Do you believe that’s what is standing between you and the perfect presentation slide or handout? It’s true that some creative people seem naturally gifted, but it IS a skill that can be learned. Our free, online graphics-editing tools and design resources will get you started. We have links to not only great software, but websites with educational videos, layout suggestions, and color schemes.

The Better Presenter’s Online Presentation Training Program has dedicated a chapter to creating your own template in “Unleashing Your Inner Designer”

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Font Resources

Have you ever had to sit at the back of the room during a slide presentation? Did you have to squint to try and make out the text on the screen? Designers know the importance of font selection. A well-designed slide with easy-to-read, suitable fonts can make the difference between engaging an audience and frustrating them.

These resources can explain some of the basic rules to follow when selecting a font as well as several websites for free and affordable font downloads.

With so many free fonts available online, it should not be difficult to find a suitable font for your presentation. Here are some sites that offer free fonts.

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