Transitions: The Missing Link in Your Presentation

Transitions: The Missing Link in Your Presentation

When was the last time you heard or witnessed a great presentation? Of the presentations you've seen in the past few months, how many would you rate 8-10, 5-7, maybe less?

Creating a great presentation takes time. You can't expect to quickly throw some slides together and then roll through them without any practice on what you're going to say expecting to convert a client.

You'll instantly know when someone is unprepared based on how and what they say when delivering the message. Or they may have taken some time to practice, but they have left out one key element-the transition sentence between slides.

Individuals who don't use transitions will use phrases like, ‘on this next slide… , here on this slide… , on this next slide I want to talk about… After a while, all the listener hears is next slide and not the intended message.

Transitions are an integral part of a smooth flowing presentation, yet many speakers (presenters) forget to plan their transitions. The primary purpose of a transition is to lead your listener from one idea to another.

The following are 10 examples of transitions that work well:

1. Bridge words or phrases (furthermore, meanwhile, however, in addition, consequently, finally).

2. Trigger Transition (same word or idea used twice: “a similar example is… “).

3. Ask a question (How many of you… ?)

4. Flashback (Do you remember when I said… ?)

5. Point-by-Point (There are three points… The first one is… The second one is,… etc.)

6. Add a Visual Aid as a Transition (Many times it may be appropriate to add a visual between your regular visual add for the sole purpose of a ‘visual' transition. Sometimes a clever cartoon used here can add some humor to your presentations.

7. Pausing (Even a simple pause, when effectively used can act as a transition. This allows the audience to ‘think' about what was just said and give it more time to register.

8. Use Physical Movement (The speaker should move or change the location of their body. This best done when you are changing to a new idea or thought).

9. Use a Personal Story (The use of story, especially a personal one is a very effective technique used by many professional speakers. Used effectively it can help reinforce any points you make during your presentation). Note: You don't have to be a professional speaker to use this technique.

10. Use the PEP formula (Point, Example, Point). This is a very common format used and can also be combined with the use of a personal story. Make sure stories and examples you use help reinforce your message.

With more product and service pitches happening virtually, you need to take your presentations up a notch or two. Add transitions as part of your message to indicate that you've ended that topic and you're moving onto the next. Transitions allow you to create a seamless presentation.

Pamela Wigglesworth, CSP is an international marketing consultant, speaker and the CEO of Experiential Hands-on Learning based in Asia. She is the author of The 50-60 Something ™ Start-up Entrepreneur and works with organizations across multiple industries to help them increase brand awareness, increase leads and ultimately increase sales.

To learn more about Pamela, visit the Experiential website at or email her at

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South Carolina to Offer Free Code Education for All Residents

South Carolina to Offer Free Code Education for All Residents
S.C. Department of Commerce Office of Innovation and Build Carolina to launch statewide SC Codes initiative

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The S.C. Department of Commerce’s Office of Innovation, in collaboration with Build Carolina, today announced SC Codes, a new statewide program designed to provide free access to code education for all residents. A first-of-its-kind, state-funded resource, the new platform connects students with experienced industry mentors and provides pathways for continuing education and employment in technology-related fields.

“The continued development of South Carolina’s digital workforce is critical to ensuring future economic prosperity within our borders,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “Our ability to compete in the global economy will rely on the availability of an educated, job-ready technology workforce in South Carolina. SC Codes will help us develop such talent, preparing the citizens of this state for the jobs of tomorrow.”

SC Codes is available to any resident with access to the internet; no downloads or special equipment are required. Interested participants can enroll in beginner to advanced curriculum, specifically designed with the demands of the state’s industries in mind. Additionally, cohort-style and classroom-led sessions will be available through local community partners. Those interested in becoming a student, a mentor or a community partner can find more information at

SC Codes was first established in 2016 as a pilot project under S.C. Commerce’s Innovation Challenge grant with BMW and the Greenville County Public Library System. Now, the statewide platform utilizes proprietary technology created by the leadership of the former Greenville-based Iron Yard Academy.

“The beauty of the platform is that anyone who wants to learn to code can access educational resources that are specific to the needs of employers right here in our state,” said Lelia King, executive director of Build Carolina. “South Carolina is leading the charge when it comes to removing barriers to technical education, which will have a direct impact on our workforce, our innovative employers and our economy.”

South Carolina’s tech sector continues to grow and opportunities for individuals entering the workforce with this type of training are vast. Employment in the state’s technology industry expanded by an estimated 2,520 jobs in 2017 and contributed $10.8 billion to the state’s economy, according to Cyberstates™ 2018, an analysis published in March by CompTIA. Including more than 6,600 tech businesses, South Carolina’s tech sector is responsible for an estimated 5.6 percent of the overall state economy.

Accessibility Services, Inc. Among 2015 Florida Companies to Watch℠ Honorees

Leading Provider of Environmental Control Units Chosen From Over 500 Nominees

Accessibility Services, Inc. (ASI) announced today that it is among 50 statewide companies selected from more than 500 nominees for Florida Companies to Watch℠, a statewide program managed by economic development group GrowFL, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation. ASI joins an esteemed group of honorees who will be recognized with this prestigious award on Thursday, November 5th at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida.

“We are thrilled to be part of the Florida Companies to Watch class of 2015,” says Maggie Thompson, President of ASI. “I applaud GrowFL and the Edward Lowe Foundation for taking time to recognize the hard work and sacrifices businesses such as ASI make everyday to contribute to the economic prosperity of our state. We are excited for all the winners!”

Thompson took the helm of ASI in 2009 when her husband and ASI founder, Fred Thompson, retired. Thompson made the decision to lead her company down an ambitious path toward becoming the leading provider of environmental control units (ECU’s) in the country. Her substantial investment in research and development paid off as the $800,000 company grew to become the $7,000,000 enterprise it is today.

“We were able to accomplish these goals because of the hard work of our outstanding team,” explains Thompson. “This award would not have been possible without our dedicated and committed employees.”

According to GrowFL, ASI’s management team, competitive market position and strong community involvement were among several factors that put them in contention for the award.

The 50 companies named the 2015 Florida Companies to Watch generated a total of more than $1.2 billion in revenue and added nearly 1,000 employees between 2011 and 2014.

Together, the companies project a 23 percent increase in revenue and 19 percent increase in job growth in 2015.

“These stand-out companies are all led by entrepreneurs, and have demonstrated their capacity and intent to grow,” said Dr. Tom O’Neal, executive director of the Florida Economic Gardening Institute and associate vice president for the University of Central Florida’s Office of Research and Commercialization. “They also all have critical intellectual property or a niche position that gives them a competitive edge in their markets.”


JW Machine in Orlando FL – New Website Launch

It is said that a photo is worth a thousand words. Check out the professional photos of work samples and manufacturing facility of JW Machine featured on the newly designed website!  The website was designed and built to meet the latest market demands of tech-savvy multiple device users today.

User Friendly Website

It is user friendly and easy to navigate so you can find the information you are looking for. Highlighted are features displaying work capabilities that you might find helpful the next time you are searching for a precision cnc machining contract manufacturer.

The “Quote” link offers convenience to quickly make contact with your specific requirements so they can quickly respond with a quote to get your project started.

Don’t have time to see all the pages? Use their handy search tool bar conveniently located at the top of the pages or click on the link to their Crushpath Pitch or electronic flyer at the bottom of the pages. Their capabilities are sure to meet the demands of the complex work and quality in the market your serve.

Connecting with JW Machine on Social Media is also simple. Just click on the links to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ at the top of the HOME page. And, don’t forget to “share” the website with your friends.

Navigate through the entire site to learn even more. Visit the “Quality” link to see the quality assurance statement as well as learn more about the Certified Calibrated Precision Inspection department. As always, if you have any suggestions or comments, feel free to send them a message via the “contact us” form. They look forward to and value your feedback!