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Posted: October 23, 2017

Should Professional Speakers Ever Use GIFs or MEMEs In A Presentation?

Should Professional Speakers Ever Use GIFs or MEMEs In A Presentation?

Linda Miles tells me that Zig Ziglar taught her that “you don’t have to use humor in your speech unless you want to be invited back.”  For those of us who struggle with telling funny stories, GIFs and MEMEs can give us just the boost we need to get our audiences laughing.

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Posted: September 25, 2017

The (Not So) Secret Way To Tell a Data Story

The (Not So) Secret Way To Tell a Data Story

In my last blog, “Show me the Data,” we talked about the importance of humanizing data and information by packaging it in a visual way. Charts, timelines, geo-maps and concept maps are all great ways to visualize data however, you can take it to the next level.

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Posted: September 6, 2017

Show Me The Data

Show Me the Data

Neuroscience tells us that decisions are NOT made based upon facts and data.  Sit with that for a moment.

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Posted: July 31, 2017

3 Proven Steps to Break A Bad (presentation) Habit

3 Proven Steps to Break A Bad (presentation) Habit

We all have bad habits we want to break… biting our nails, overeating, or what about that nasty habit we slip into around “throwing together some slides”? We know these things are bad for us, so why don’t we just do something about it? (read more)

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Posted: July 12, 2017

The 4 Font Families: Choose Wisely

The 4 Font Families: Choose Wisely

Fonts influence how our brain interprets and receives messages. My friend Janice Hurley, The Image Expert, talks about how it is so important to choose the right outfit for the right occasion.  I believe the same is true when picking a font for our slide deck.  The simplest way to approach this is to understand that there are only 4 basic font categorizes of fonts.  Select the one that matches your persona and you are off to a great start.

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Posted: June 21, 2017

The Dangerous Business of Font Selection

The Dangerous Business of Font Selection

That’s two words I never imagined together… dangerous and font. What if I told you that after all the time you put into creating your slide deck, you could lose your audience in the first few minutes?

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Posted: May 31, 2017

3 Ways to Supercharge Your Content Using the BEST Images for Your Slides

3 Ways to Supercharge Your Content Using the BEST Images for Your Slides

Yes, images can supercharge your content and presentation by boosting comprehension and retention by 25-60% (over words alone). But not if you’ve chosen the wrong picture!

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Posted: May 10, 2017

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Choosing the Right Ingredients for Stellar Visual Communication In Your Presentations

My daughter got married last summer and when I go to her house, I watch her and her husband learning to do life together.  I was startled however when I saw her cooking dinner and she was reading a recipe, literally following it step by step.  I can’t even remember the last time I even opened a cookbook!  Oh sure, occasionally I will glance at a new recipe in a magazine as inspiration for future use, but mostly I do things by instinct and memory.

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Posted: April 24, 2017

Presentation Design: Embrace the Yin and Yang

Presentation Design:  Embrace the Yin and Yang

One of my favorite things to do as I travel the world is to look at the creative male or female restroom signs. Some of them are very memorable and make me laugh (the high heel vs men’s dress shoe, the faceless long curly hair vs the faceless short hair and goatee), but others require thoughtful consideration before I select the right door.

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Posted: April 3, 2017

The WHY of Visual Communication

The WHY of Visual Communication

Which do you remember better, what you HEARD, READ or SAW?

Would you be surprised to learn that at least 75% of our learning occurs through visuals?(Allan Paivio’s Dual-Coding Theory (1971) And, that visuals increase the “stickiness” of our content by over 50%!!

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