Creativity

John Cleese is my new hero. His genius extends well beyond the confines of Monty Python. I had heard about his lecture on creativity from multiple sources, and finally watched it. In my opinion, he really nails it. Watch the video, and then we’ll discuss its connection to presenting better after the jump!

“Creativity is not a talent, it’s a way of operating.”

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Top 5 reasons to Prezi

Prezi’s are to presenters as 3D printers are to designers; no one really knows what they are or how they work, but everyone wants one! I get more questions about Prezi than any other presentation design tool. It is 100% unique, used by presenters all over the globe, and contrary to popular belief, quite easy to use.

Is Prezi worth all the hype? In my opinion, yes, it is, and here are the top 5 reasons why: Continue reading

Persuade with Stories (pt 2)

Oh, the Places You'll Go!In part 1 of this post, we learned about the power of storytelling, and why it is an important technique to include in our presentations. In part 2 we will consider some strategies for applying the technique of storytelling directly to your health sciences presentations.

Before we begin, however, let’s chat for minute… off the record, because I know what you’re thinking. Your presentations are very serious business, and no one will take you seriously if stop to tell a story in the middle of it all. Am I right?! 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

Present Like a 1st Grader

You have been presenting for much longer than you think. The first presentation you gave was a big success, despite the fact that you spent absolutely no time preparing, didn’t even consider building a PowerPoint slide show, and likely had SpaghettiO’s crust on your face during the whole presentation. Don’t you remember? It was one of the best days of the entire school year. It was show-and-tell day! I dare say that your presentation style has changed a bit since then.

In many ways, kids can teach us grow-ups a lot about being better presenters. Check out the videos below and then we’ll discuss after the jump.

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