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Metaphors series revisited: Opportunity

Last June, we had a series of posts brainstorming possible visuals for metaphors, including: growth, balance, and leadership.  In the beginning of this second series, we covered innovation.  In this post, I’ve put together a list of possible images for another theme that I’ve seen in tons of presentations:  opportunity. According to Merriam Webster, an opportunity is: A […]

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Metaphors Series Revisited: Innovation

Last June, we had a series of posts brainstorming possible visuals for metaphors, including: growth, balance, and leadership.  In this post, I’ve put together a list of possible images for another theme that I’ve seen in dozens of presentations:  innovation. According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of innovation is: 1.  The introduction of something new 2. […]

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Fonts & PowerPoint

If you’d like to have an edgier, moe sophisticated looking PowerPoint template, I’d suggest not using one of the following fonts:  Arial, Calibri, Tahoma or Verdana.  Everyone uses them.  The benefit to using them, is that anyone can then edit your pages.  If that’s not the concern, then consider using a different font. When selecting […]

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Killer pages

This is the name of a summary page using combined elements from data-driven and conceptual chart objects that you can base an entire conversation on. It could be one central concept, a filled-out framework, or a summary of your data (e.g., a dashboard). It’s a great idea to use a killer page, also known as […]

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Chart Design Course

I just shared the first part of the 2-part webinar series I designed for the now defunct Solvate.  The first part, shared last Wednesday, was about chart selection.  This one was about chart design for non-designers.  Various questions were asked, various questions were answered.  A lot of knowledge transfer occurred! Check it out:

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Metaphors series: Leadership

In continuation on my series of brainstorms for alternatives to “played out visual metaphors,” I’m attacking Leadership.  This is one where folks frequently show something at the top or somewhite man in a suit. But what is leadership, really?  Good leaders inspire other to follow, they have contagious energy, and a vision.  They’re good at […]

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Metaphors series: Balanced/Unbalanced

As noted in my last post, I love metaphors and am a huge fan of using them to presentations.  I am not, however a huge fan of the same metaphors being used over and over again.  In the last post, I brainstormed alternatives to a tree being used for growth.  Today, I’d like to conquer […]

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Metaphors Series: Growth

A great way to jazz up your presentation and make it resonate more with your audience is with metaphors.   In case it’s been a while since you’ve been in literature class, the definition of a metaphor, according to Wikipedia is:  a literary figure of speech that describes a subject by asserting that it is, on some […]

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“How to design a TEDx presentation” by EP

This is a presentation, designed by a firm out in Hawaii.  This is probably designed to be an on-screen, projected presentation versus a SlideShare presentation as there really are a LOT of slides, making you feel like you’ve got a lot of clicking to do.  BUT, it’s got some good tips in here that I […]

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Love thy slide master

Master template in PowerPoint, that is! I can’t tell you how many PowerPoint files I work on where the creator either doesn’t understand what a master is or just totally disregards it.  It’s a pain for me because then I have a lot fo clean up work.  So, that’s why I’d like to give you […]

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