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Posted: October 17, 2016

When The Pressure Is On: Presentation Design for the Nixon Presidential Museum and Library

When The Pressure Is On: Presentation Design for the Nixon Presidential Museum and Library

Last weekend I got a call from my colleague Jason Lawrence from Advanced Media Works to help put a presentation together for the relaunch of the Richard Nixon Presidential Museum and Library. The details were thin but the pressure was on! I was to drive up and work on site starting Monday and the presentation was on Thursday.

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Posted: October 3, 2016

3 Quick Fixes to Common Mistakes Speakers Make When Preparing Their Presentations

3 Quick Fixes to Common Mistakes Speakers Make When Preparing Their Presentations

Last week we covered the 3 most common mistakes that speakers make that torpedo their otherwise strong presentations. This week let’s fix those mistakes and improve our presentations in a dramatic fashion.

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Posted: September 27, 2016

3 Common Mistakes Speakers Make When Preparing Their Presentations

3 Common Mistakes Speakers Make When Preparing Their Presentations

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.

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Posted: September 12, 2016

Use S.M.A.R.T. Goals To Earn A Standing Ovation

Use S.M.A.R.T. Goals To Earn A Standing Ovation

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.

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Posted: August 31, 2016

Who Gets Your Best?

Who Gets Your Best?

This past weekend I had the opportunity to speak at the PTCA (Patient Treatment Coordinator’s Association). As always, I was struck by the passion that the other speakers have for their topic and for giving the audience the opportunity to grow.

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Posted: August 15, 2016

Presentation Design Trick: Create a Custom Background

Presentation Design Trick: Create a Custom Background

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)

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Posted: August 9, 2016

The Most Important Presentation Of My Life: Creating My Daughter’s Wedding Video

The Most Important Presentation Of My Life: Creating My Daughter’s Wedding Video

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.

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Posted: July 25, 2016

Presentation Design Trick: Eliminate Your Bullet Points

Presentation Design Trick: Eliminate Your Bullet Points

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.

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Posted: July 19, 2016

3 Tips to Unify Your Hodgepodge Slides

3 Tips to Unify Your Hodgepodge Slides

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.

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Posted: July 11, 2016

Layout - when less is more

Layout – when less is more

I believe layout is the chief culprit for the phrase “Death By PowerPoint”. Endless identical slides of text, bullet points and a plain background.

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