Don’t forget to let some passion shine through.

On a number of occasions I’ve had the opportunity to work on presentations outside of my work environment. This has been a wonderful experience. As a consultant on these presentations, I noticed that the presenters are often so content-focused that they forget to let their passion for the topic shine through.  But it’s often the passion that will impact the audience the most. These presentations that I have worked on share a common denominator – passion by the presenter. The passion could be for someone they met, for sharing their knowledge and experience, or it could be compassion for animals or humans.  Here are a couple of title slides from… Read More

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Making an Impact with Images

A simple picture and a few words is sometimes all you need to connect your audience to your message. The sample slides in the collage below are a few of my favorites from presentations I have designed. Images connect us to a special moment, place, emotion, or idea.  With the right image you can add drama, emotion, or a sense of urgency to your presentation to reinforce your message.  There are stock photography web sites which have a great variety of images, my favorite is www.istockphoto.com.  You have to pay a little, but for important presentations I think the investment is worth it. You can also find royalty free sites… Read More

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Do you do this?

This week I was at a conference in the wonderful city of Barcelona.  There were a lot of presentations, I even gave one myself. One presentation stood out for me, it was the final one of the conference.  This presentation was high energy, used lots of full screen images, and it finished noticeably early.  The presenters used humor and had a definite theme (I like themes).  They designed their presentation to deliver a message (they called it a journey), rather than just presenting a large amount of information. These elements made it different from other presentations during the week, and I believe because it was different it was more memorable.… Read More

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