Using word clouds to find the core

January 29th, 2009

I’ve thought of another use for wordle.

Geoff Brown and I have developed a training program called Insanely Great Slideshow Presentations. In this training we help people take all the information they want to present in a presentation and prune it to the core messages. For a lot of people this is very difficult. It’s a case of ‘can’t see the forest for the trees’. 

And while playing with wordle I wondered if it could be used to help highlight, at the very least, the key words – those ones that are repeated often (because wordle works by giving a larger font size to more often used words). So I took a paper I’d written about improv and spontaneity and tried it out. Here’s the result. It just may provide enough of a focus to kick-start the story-boarding process. Will keep experimenting – and if you try it out, please let me know if it’s helpful.







2 Comments so far

  1. Lynn Walsh on January 29, 2009 12:41 pm

    Delighted at the creativity this has set off (and am also distracted from the tasks at hand today). Thanks for the sparks from your blog. Am mustering courage to join the space I have in my diary next week with the aspiration to set up own blog when I rework my very staid website.

  2. Viv McWaters on January 29, 2009 1:07 pm

    All thanks to you Lynn. And regarding blogging, just do it! I find a blog SO MUCH better than just a web site and at a practical level it’s a place for me to record my thoughts, ideas, ponderings (albeit publicly) and that’s OK too cos I get lots of good ideas in return from people like you.

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