Try writing a logline for your next presentation

A dashing archaeologist must reunite with the ex he dumped if he is to beat the Nazis to find the all-powerful lost Ark of the Covenant.   Do you recognize this? It describes the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark; that is its logline.  Loglines are used by screenwriters to describe their film’s story in a sentence or two; the rule is 27 words or less. A logline answers the question, “So, what’s your film about?” Screenwriters create a logline at the beginning of the writing process in order to test their story concept.  They need to break down a complex book or story into simple components in order to fit… Read More

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Practical tips for a simple slide makeover

Do you have some slides with a list of bullet points on them? If so, why not select one for a slide makeover?  It’s a great way to simplify your slide and “recycle” it into a more engaging presentation visual. First, remove anything that is purely decorative (like clip art).  It is often distracting and does not add anything to your message.  Next, carefully review each phrase or sentence on the slide. Remove any words that are not absolutely necessary.  Remember the slide is there to amplify or enhance your words, not to repeat/replace them. Leave the most important numbers or words; they don’t have to be in full sentences.… Read More

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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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