Editing

Marketing, Website, Writing

Spelling Errors Do Matter…and So Do Writers!


I was approached today about possible work that I found rather interesting. I watched a video on the company’s website to learn more. The first thing I noticed is that the narrator has no energy in his voice and his voice droned (definitely not good). The slide presentation also needs some serious editing.

Letters on board from FreeDigitalPhotos.netOne thing in particular jumped out at me…a title on several slides, which included the word “COMPAIGN.” Ouch. Of course, that should be “CAMPAIGN.” If I was hired by that company, I would suggest that they take down the video until they fixed that error and tidied up the whole presentation (and hired a new narrator).

I don’t know who put that video together, but it shows what can happen when well-meaning people who are not marketing people or writers step into those roles. If your small business is low on funds and you (maybe an engineer or administrator) are wearing many hats, consider hiring a writer even for a few hours to review your website and marketing collateral. (more…)

Evangelism, Marketing, Presentations, Talking to Customers, Writing

Three Easy Rules on Creating a Presentation or Speech


I was in Toastmasters for 13 years and learned an easy-to-remember framework of three rules for creating a prepared or off-the-cuff talk. Here it is:

Businessman pointing from FreeDigitalPhotos.netRULE #1 – TELL THEM WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO TELL THEM.
That’s what I just did in the first sentence above. I told you what I’m going to tell you. It alerts the listener/reader to what is coming and sets the stage for the rest of the talk or presentation.

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Marketing, Presentations, Talking to Customers

Ten Tips (No Nos) for Creating a PowerPoint Presentation


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With PowerPoint, anyone can create a presentation…right? WRONG. Some people just shouldn’t.

Before PowerPoint, presentations were only created by marketing people who worked with graphics professionals to create slides. These are people who know how to write and how to design and use color. Most people now who create presentations don’t have a clue.

Here are some things NOT to do when creating a presentation. (more…)