Slideshare for sharing survey results

January 24th, 2010

This slideshow brings together a range of my interests.

Regular readers will know that I have a thing for improv, and try and attend the annual Applied Improv Conference to get my dose of spontaneity, new ideas, laughs, connecting with old friends, meeting cool new people and a general injection of enthusiasm and potential collaborations.

In the last couple of years I’ve helped gather feedback about the conference, analysed the results and prepared a slideshow to share the results.

In making the slideshow I can indulge my passion for design, typography and photography (and try to bring them all together into something, well, Insanely Great!)

Check it out for yourself. It’s best viewed full screen.

From complex data to an understandable message

January 18th, 2010

Here’s a great example of explaining a complex concept simply. Hat tip to Nancy Duarte over at slide:ology where there’s more great examples of simplifying your message. I like this comment from Nancy:

“How would you explain your story to a friend who knows nothing about it? How would you get your grandmother to understand and be moved by your message? Before jumping into your next presentation, take a deep breath and remember that for an audience to comprehend your message, you’d have better luck by making it comprehensible.”

Insanely Great Slideshows

September 23rd, 2009

Frizbee DogSome of you might know that Geoff Brown and I have been playing with slideshows – learning ourselves how to make them insanely great and providing some training to share what we’ve learned with others. Two of our key influencers have been Garr Reynolds, Presentation Zen guru and Nancy Duarte, slide:ology guru

You can go here and see three short videos of them chatting casually about three key questioons they often get about slideshows:

1. How do your methodologies apply to scientific or technical presentations?

2. How many slides should I use?

3. If we simplify our slides using your methodology and then need to circulate the slides how do people know what the content of the presentation was?

Well worth a look.

Geoff has been facilitating a conference where we had an opportunity to work with the keynote speakers to help them develop insanely great slideshows. Apparently they did a fantastic job and the audience was wowed! Importantly, the audience is more likely to remember their messages.

At some facilitation training I delivered recently in Indonesia I used a slideshow where I incorporated much of what I’ve learnt. Even without additional training this influenced people present to try their hand at simplifying their messages and using more images.

Both these examples are great feedback for us and is what encourages us to continue to offer this low-key, and seemingly impactful training. Okay, that’s the sales pitch – the real reason we do it is cos we can make some money and have fun while doing so. Oh, and work together too. That’s always fun.

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