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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)

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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Posted: March 20, 2017

History Holds the Secret To Great Slides

History Holds the Secret to Great Slides 

From the early years of our existence, we relied on more than just words to communicate. Maybe this started because two cavemen were mad at each other and implemented the silent treatment.  Or, they might have been really bad at Charades and preferred Pictionary!

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Posted: March 2, 2017

What are your slides saying about you?

What are your slides saying about you?

Over these last two weeks, I’ve conducted two 3-day leadership and communication courses.  I was extremely conscious of the fact that as soon as I walked out in front of the group, they started to form an opinion about me.  I chose what I wore with care, made eye contact, and started to speak.  I knew that in that moment, my opening story was important, but 93% of the communication about who I was had already been formed.  The words I carefully planned to say would only amount to 7% of their opinion!

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Posted: October 24, 2016

The Gifts Of A Mentor

The Gifts Of A Mentor

Dictionary.com defines a mentor as “a wise and trusted counselor or teacher” and as “an influential supporter”. I have been very blessed throughout my life to have mentors show up in my life who have helped me become the person I am today.

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