Resources: Finding and Using Images

Presentation slides that are riddled with bullet points and text are deadly to an audience. You know the drill: The presenter reads the text aloud, while the audience attempts to read the text to themselves, and the end result is a broken connection between the presenter and the audience. By replacing large amounts of text with images that visually represent the topics being discussed, this problem can be avoided, and the audience is better able to recall this information in the future. This is a familiar concept.

We all strive to make our presentations more visually engaging, but quickly find this task to be difficult. We know that copying images from web searches is a bad idea, but aren’t sure where else to look. The UCSF Library has a great online guide that can help! Continue reading

Presenting Data Better

Many attendees of The Better Presenter workshop are doctors or research scientists, and their presentations are very complex and often contain a lot of data. Half-way in to the workshop, after they have a good understanding of my approach to presenting, someone inevitably asks the question, “If I can’t use bullets points or tables and charts, how am I supposed to make my case? I can’t replace my data with images from iStock!”

First of all, I’m not suggesting that you remove all of the complexity from your slides and replace it with downloaded pictures of puppies and sunsets. What I am suggesting… Continue reading

Better FONTS! (pt 2)

In part 1 of this Better FONTS! post, we learned about typography, design, and explored the font collection that we already have on our computers. Now we’re getting to the fun part – downloading and using new fonts! Continue reading

Better FONTS! (pt 1)

Most of us don’t put much thought into the fonts we use in our presentations. We just pick a template and accept the fonts that come along with the template. This is a good strategy if your goal is to create a presentation that looks common and typical. One way to spice things up is to create your own collection of fonts that compliment the subject and tone of your presentation. I have a lot of cool tips and resources to share with you on this topic, so let’s dive right in! Continue reading

Top 5: PowerPoint Alternatives

Contrary to popular belief, PowerPoint isn’t the only slide show creation application in town. There are other apps available, some that live in the cloud, and some that are free to use. PowerPoint is arguably the most powerful app with the most features, but it’s not necessarily the best tool for every job. Furthermore, most of these other apps allow you to “save as” to other formats, making it easy to port your presentation from one app to another with minimal compatibility issues. Here’s a roundup of popular PowerPoint alternatives! Continue reading

TED.com: A Doctor’s Touch

TED.com is a great resource for inspiration. TED (technology, entertainment and design) is a non-profit organization that facilitates a series of global conferences during which the world’s leading minds present their ideas. On TED.com, you can watch hundreds of presentations from the conferences for free. There are number of health and health care presentations to explore.

This one in particular caught my eye: TED.com – A Doctor’s Touch. I challenge you to explore these presentation videos, and then compare/contrast their delivery and design style with “typical PowerPoint” presentations that you are accustomed to. Please provide your thoughts in the comments area below!