Posted: September 27, 2016
I’ve been working with speakers for almost 20 years now. Recently I was at a conference and as I walked by various lecture rooms, I saw what I always see… awful slides being read by otherwise very smart people.
Posted: September 12, 2016
What delights an audience? Certainly a speaker that keeps our attention through entertaining stories and brilliant content. But I recently attended a conference where the speaker had both of those, and yet I was left feeling uneasy and unfulfilled. Why? I realized that he neglected to tie everything together and so I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do with this information.
Posted: August 31, 2016
Posted: August 15, 2016
Have you ever noticed that one set of slides looks like every other one? When a standard slide template goes onscreen, the audiences’ brains say, “oh I’ve seen this before…” and they don’t pay as close attention. Instead, send a message right from the get-go that your slides are something special! (read more)
Posted: August 9, 2016
Last week my daughter Megan got married. We had an intimate destination wedding up in the mountains of Northern California, and upon our return, I had one day to put together a 10-minute montage of photos and video clips for a larger reception. I was asked to create this in such a way that the 80+ guests that hadn’t been at the wedding felt part of the event while not overdoing it.
Posted: July 25, 2016
Death by Powerpoint is NOT due to using slides, it is due to using bullet points to write out everything you are going to say. But there are times when we need a list of topics or data on our slides.
Posted: July 19, 2016
Have you ever seen an English manor house that has various additions and remodels that portray the styles of various generations? If this similar to your core slide deck that you have been adding new sections and slides to over the years, you might have a hodgepodge of styles that can look dated at best, and convoluted at worst.
Posted: July 11, 2016
Posted: June 28, 2016
Did you know that almost 70% of the population are visual learners? Recently I was checking into a hotel and the reception desk told me how to get to the elevator. I turned around and realized I had not remembered anything she said past “go down the hall.” When she saw my confusion, she pulled out a map and drew a line from where we were to the elevators. Boom, I had it!
Posted: June 20, 2016
Last weekend I had the absolute pleasure of attending the 20th Speaking Consulting Network’s (SCN) Annual Meeting. The organization, founded by Linda Miles and now owned and run by Lois Banta, is for Speakers, Consultants and Writers in the dental space. Over 150 people eagerly arrived in Santa Fe, NM for a 3-day bonanza of workshops, Keynote speakers and speaking competitions.