The Presenter’s Dilemma – 5 Ways to Make Your Training Stick

OK, so it’s time to talk about an ugly little secret that nobody who does presentations really like to talk about. What’s the secret? Most of the time what we tell our audience goes in one ear and out the other. It just doesn’t stick.

In fact, if you are presenting training or a new way of doing business to an audience, some studies have shown that only 10% – 40% of what you tell your audience will ever be used by them on the job. Ouch! What are we doing wrong?

Dr. Harry Martin teaches at Cleveland State University in (of course) Cleveland. He is an expert in both management and labor relations. He’s got some thoughts on what is going wrong here…

Take heart – it’s probably not all about you. When we try to train our audiences, we are really talking about having them change their lives. Change has the unfortunate side effect of creating anxiety in our audience and they will actively seek to avoid change at almost any cost. So is this a losing game?

Good news – the answer is no. However, you’ve got to start doing some additional work. You need to make sure that a workplace environment that will actively encourage your audience to continue to change is set up and exists long after your presentation is over. In a nutshell, this means that the training can’t end when your audience walks out the door. So what’s the trick to doing this?

It turns out that there are five simple things that you can either do during your presentation or cause to occur after your presentation is over that will dramatically boost the use of the information that you delivered:

  • Write It Down!: Everyone should recognize this one from all of those goal setting / time management programs that we’re always studying – just getting your audience to write an action plan on how they are going to use what you’ve covered makes it more likely that they’ll do it.
  • This Will Be On The Test: If you tell your audience that they are going to be tested on the material that you’ll be talking about, then they are much more likely to use what you are talking about. The test doesn’t have to be a written test, it can be as simple as having them observed and given feedback on their performance. I like it best when the audience is measured before your presentation and then two times afterwords – this always seem to produce the greatest results.
  • Peer Pressure Is Good: It turns out that having your audience get back together in “peer meetings” is a great way to have them self-motivate to use what you’ve taught them. What’s even more interesting is that this works even better when your audience’s management is only lukewarm in their support for your message.
  • Boosting Bosses: Having managers who are both supportive and actively involved does a lot to increase the odds that your audience will retain and use what you’ve taught them. This, of course, means that you are going to need to make sure that the bosses are involved in your training.
  • Ask The Expert: Finally, having the ability to reach out and ask an expert for help in solving a sticky issue or resolving a problem goes a long way in helping your audience use what you’ve told them. More often than not, you are the expert – make sure that you make arrangements so that you can be contacted after your presentation is over and done with.

Presentation Tips: Hide PowerPoint Slides

What happens when it’s time to create an updated PowerPoint presentation? Are you wasting time and spinning your wheels re-creating new PowerPoint files every time you make a presentation? Do you want to shorten a presentation without creating a new one? Instead of creating multiple versions of a core presentation, try the PowerPoint Hide Slide feature to hide slides you don’t need to show in a deck or presentation yet you’ll still have them available for future versions of your presentation.

Would you like to work more effectively with a presentation that provides different levels of detail on a subject, even perhaps for different audiences? Do you want to be prepared with more detailed supporting data and answers to possible questions about your topic? Do you work with colleagues who insist on including detailed charts, lengthy bullet lists, and statistics even though the audience probably isn’t interested? Simply hide the slides with the backup reference materials knowing you can quickly move to them if or when needed.

The PowerPoint Hide Slide option customizes your presentation and adds flexibility so you can reduce the length and timing of a presentation without creating a new presentation, add slides to backup data and answer audience questions, or provide additional information when time allows.

Note: Instead of hiding slides, some presenters prefer to move unused content to the end of their presentations so they can maintain a logical sequence within their core PowerPoint presentation.

How to Use the PowerPoint Hide Slide Feature

The Microsoft PowerPoint Hide Slide option can be switched on and off for any slide in a presentation. When you hide a slide, the slide remains in the file in sequence even though it is hidden when you run the presentation as a slide show.

To hide a slide in PowerPoint:

  1. Switch to either the Normal view or the Slide Sorter view.
  2. Next, do one of the following to hide (or un-hide) a slide:
  • Right-click the slide you want to hide, and then left-click on Hide Slide.-OR-
  • Select the Slide Show tab in the PowerPoint Ribbon and pick the Hide Slide option from the Setup group.

A hidden slide is indicated by the slide number with a diagonal line across it. Depending on the view, the number appears next to or below the slide you have hidden.

Move to Hidden Slides

One way to navigate to a slide-even to a hidden slide-while a slide show is running is to type in the slide number and then hit [Enter]. Of course, you will want to know the number you want to move to so it will help to have a handy numbered printout of your handout or slides.

Another technique to move to a hidden slide is to right-click on any slide while delivering your slide show. You can also bring up the list during a slide show by pressing [Ctrl] + S. (Outside of the slide show view, the [Ctrl] + S shortcut saves your presentation). Next, choose the option for your version of Microsoft PowerPoint:

  • PowerPoint 2016 & PowerPoint 2013: Choose “See All Slides” from the shortcut menu which displays all of the slides in your presentation including hidden slides. All hidden slides will show with a grayed out background and the slashed out slide number. Click on the slide you want to display.
  • PowerPoint 2010: Pick “Go to Slide” from the shortcut menu. Hidden slides will show up with parentheses around the slide number such as (18). Left-click on the slide you want to show whether or not it is hidden.

Note: Under most presentation setups, the audience will also see the slide list displayed from the menu.

Printing Hidden Slides

When you print a presentation in PowerPoint 2016 or 2013, the default is to not print hidden slides while PowerPoint 2010 prints hidden slides unless you change the setting. You can easily check and change your preference from the Print screen Settings. From the Print screen, choose the drop-down for Print All Slides and click Print hidden slides. A checkmark indicates this feature is currently enabled. You can also set a range or selection of slides or pages to print from this drop-down option.

Including hidden slides for your own printouts can be helpful. As more organizations are becoming green, consider the best options for finalizing your PowerPoint presentations in digital form. You may wish to create a version where you remove hidden content entirely from the presentation so you can share or post the final presentation.

Design and control your PowerPoint presentations to fit your audiences, save time without creating new presentations, and build in more flexibility with hidden slides.

Were these PowerPoint tips helpful? Discover more PowerPoint tips, techniques and shortcuts here and also download a handy cheat sheet of PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts.

Baby Girl Presents

Buying baby girl presents can be a lot of fun! Though in today’s era of gender-neutral gifting and avoiding gender-stereotyping by segregating gifts specially meant for girls like miniature kitchen, beauty-salon and bath sets, dolls and make-up sets, etc, it’s still possible to retain the unique characteristic of the feminine nature while providing equal mental stimulation and entertainment for the newborn baby girl. The color pink is universally held to represent the soft and delicate feminine nature and till today most parents choose the nursery and layette color scheme in this color if they have a baby girl.

If you’re looking for baby girl presents, you can find a wide range of unique, practical, affordable or luxury, entertaining, fun, quirky or decorative gifts for the little princess! If you’re thinking of gifting ideas for a newborn baby girl, it’s a wise idea to check with the parents whether they’ve registered with any of the baby-products stores in town. This would make your task simpler, as all you then have to do is to pick a gift from the registry list of items that the parents would themselves prefer to have for their baby.

Otherwise, you can choose from a range of other presents:

Clothing, jewelry and apparel: Where baby girl clothing and apparel are concerned, there are literally millions of things you can choose from. Ranging from sleeping-suits, snugglers, or soft fleecy coats and leg warmers, delicate lacy frocks, skirts and blouses, pretty sweaters, socks, bibs, jump-suits, crocheted caps and hats, ponchos, shawls, comforters, blankets and stroller blankets/sheets, travel suits and rain-macs, jersey dresses, soft shoes and fleece-lined boots, bonnets, bloomers, tutus, sleeping-suits etc are available in pretty colors and soft fabrics. If you want to give a luxury/expensive item, tiny gold ear-drops, chains, diamond and pearl pendants and bracelets are a great option.

Toys, games, music: There’s an enormous variety of toys, books, teething-rings, rattles, plate-and-spoon sets, soft-toys, bath accessories, fabric-books with different textures for early stimulation, audio-books, musical toys, etc. which are available in the big toy stores. You must ensure that the products are made from non-toxic, baby-friendly materials and designed not to cause harm or hazard to the baby.

Furniture and room accessories: Cribs, chest-of-drawers, cabinets, table-and-chair sets, high-chairs, rockers and walkers are some of the items you can gift for the baby’s room in pretty pastel colors. Accessories like wall-paper, blinds and curtains, rugs and sheets are always welcome when there’s a new baby in the house.

Based on your budget, unique gifting style and what you know about the preferences of the parents, you can choose a unique and memorable gift for a baby girl.