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Timo Sorri is a presentation designer and the founder and CEO of Havain. He is an engineer by training and presentations are his passion. Timo’s background is in IT management consulting, and marketing and sales. Today he helps his clients—from small ones to global corporates and public institutions—turn their ideas into compelling and coherent visual stories and automated marketing campaigns. He is a husband, father of three and a big fan of basketball.
The best ways to know where you are today as a presenter
There are so many types of presenters, so it’s important to find the right benchmark for you. If you work in sales, benchmarking yourself with TED speakers might be the wrong way.
Your slides say a lot where you are today, how much you already value the use of visuals and how far you moved from the dated slides full of text.
One of the best ways is that you ask someone knowledgeable you know who can give you honest and constructive feedback.
Top resources for evolving as a presenter
Timo has three main types of resources that help him to evolve as a presenter:
Slidemagic Blog by Jan Schultnik
Ethos3 Blog by Scott Schwertly
Presentation Xpert (good webinars)
Presentation Guild (a community led by Sandra Johnson and Tony Ramos)
2) Sites with curated slide decks. You can see nice-looking slides and you can try to imitate. Do it yourself and you will improve your design skills.
note & point
3) YouTube channels.
PowerPoint Spice It has exercises, tutorials. For example: how to make Pokemon Go effect.
The best way to improve yourself is to imitate great slides, beyond absorbing knowledge.
Related: The Latest Trends in Presentation Design
“Be tough with yourself in the morning; but be merciful with yourself in the evening.” — Mårten Mickos
Cosmos TV-series by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Routine to Shine
Hug someone daily. Hug the people you meet.
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