Visual Aids: Make An Emotional Connection

I love Netflix’s posters for the resurrected series Arrested Development because they do a great job of showing how you can convey a complicated idea–or in this case a character–with a simple image. Fans of the series will immediately recognize … Continue reading

Visual Aids: The Danger of Oversimplifying with Bullets

I’m not going to touch the politics of whether the looming sequestration is a good idea or who is responsible for it. But I am comfortable declaring that this slide used by House Speaker John Boehner to summarize the issue … Continue reading

Presentation Tools: Prezi For Visual Aids

If you’ve never used Prezi to create the visual aids for your presentations (or even if you just haven’t worked with Prezi in a while) now is a great time to give it another look. They’ve rolled out a new … Continue reading

Visual Aids: Think Poetry, Not Paragraphs

Excellent advice, whether you’re using Prezi, PowerPoint, or a good old whiteboard. Simplify your visual aids and treat them as exhibits for your audience, not as your script. Limit the word count. Think poetry not paragraphs. RT @prezi: What do … Continue reading

Visual Aids: Cute Kittens Increase Attention and Productivity

Think all of those cat ladies browsing Cute Overload are just wasting their time? You’re wrong. They’re really preparing to out-compete you. A recent study shows that people are more productive when they’ve been looking at pictures of cute animals. … Continue reading

Visual Aids: Netanyahu’s Cartoon Bomb

Making sure that the tone of your visual aids match the overall message of your presentations is critical. If you choose fonts or images that look unprofessional or aren’t “serious” enough you risk undermining your entire talk. Comic Sans usually … Continue reading

Create Amazing Visual Aids For Your Presentations: Mars Rover Prezi

Here’s a great example of how you can use presentation software to create beautiful and engaging visual aids for your presentations. This illustration of the landing of the Mars Rover Curiosity created using Prezi is slick enough that it wouldn’t … Continue reading

Presentation Visual Aids: Some Fonts Are More Believable Than Others

It’s been a while since I’ve written much about designing visual aids. I’m more of a writer than a designer, but I’m completely intrigued by the impact that visual tweaks can have on the success of your presentation. Fonts are … Continue reading

Steps in writing presentations: Developing Visual Aids and Practicing

We’ve covered a lot of other steps in writing a presentation already. It’s only after you’ve worked on (or at least given some thought to) each of them that you should consider creating what many people mistakenly think of as … Continue reading

Don’t Ban PowerPoint: Learn to Create Thoughtful Presentations Instead

There are few things so irredeemably bad that they are banned outright, no exceptions. You would think that torture should be, but our own government has found a workaround for that by redefining the word when it’s convenient. Killing endangered … Continue reading