Transitions: The Missing Link in Your Presentation

Have you ever heard a presentation that was so engaging and informative that you couldn't help but pay attention? Or have you ever been bored out of your mind by a presenter who just clicked through slides without any clear direction?

The difference between a great presentation and a bad one often comes down to transitions. Transitions are words and phrases that help your audience follow along as you move from one point to the next. They signal the end of one topic and the beginning of another, and they help to create a smooth, logical flow for your presentation.

There are many different types of transitions that you can use, but some of the most effective include:

  • Bridge words and phrases: These words and phrases connect one idea to another, such as “furthermore,” “however,” “in addition,” and “therefore.”
  • Trigger transitions: These transitions use a keyword or phrase from the previous slide to introduce the next slide. For example, you might say, “In the last slide, we talked about the benefits of our product. Now, let's take a look at how it works.”
  • Questions: Asking questions is a great way to engage your audience and get them thinking about the topic. You can use questions to introduce a new idea, summarize a previous point, or transition to the next slide.
  • Flashbacks: If you need to remind your audience about something that you mentioned earlier in your presentation, you can use a flashback transition. For example, you might say, “Do you remember when I said that our product is the best on the market? Well, here's why.”
  • Point-by-point transitions: These transitions are used to signal that you are about to list a series of items. For example, you might say, “There are three main benefits to our product. First, it is easy to use. Second, it is affordable. And third, it is backed by a satisfaction guarantee.”
  • Visual aids: You can also use visual aids to transition from one topic to the next. For example, you might show a picture of a new product, or you might display a graph or chart to illustrate a point.
  • Pauses: Even a simple pause can be an effective transition. It gives your audience a chance to absorb what you have just said and to prepare for what is coming next.
  • Physical movement: Moving around the room or changing your stance can also be a way to transition between topics. This can help to keep your audience engaged and to emphasize your points.
  • Personal stories: Personal stories can be a great way to connect with your audience and to make your presentation more memorable. You can use a personal story to introduce a new topic, to illustrate a point, or to conclude your presentation.
  • The PEP formula: The PEP formula stands for Point, Example, Point. It is a simple but effective way to structure your presentation. To use the PEP formula, simply make a point, then provide an example to support your point, and then reiterate your point.

Using transitions effectively is an important part of creating a seamless presentation. By carefully planning your transitions, you can ensure that your audience follows along easily and that your message is clear and concise.

Here are some additional tips for using transitions effectively:

  • Use a variety of transitions. Avoid using the same transition over and over again.
  • Be specific. Don't just say, “On the next slide.” Instead, say something like, “On the next slide, we're going to take a look at the key benefits of our product.”
  • Be consistent. Use the same transition style throughout your presentation.
  • Practice your transitions. When you practice your presentation, be sure to practice your transitions as well. This will help you to deliver them smoothly and confidently.

By following these tips, you can use transitions to create a presentation that is engaging, informative, and easy to follow.

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!