Popcorn PPT

November 7, 2013

Alieke van der Wijk and Henk van der Steen have been turning up to Applied Improv Conferences for as long as I can remember. They have individually and together been a great inspiration to me, as well as often challenging my thinking. At this year’s conference they again delighted with Popcorn PPT. I loved it, […]

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Sharing information

March 21, 2013

Increasingly, I’m being asked this question of face-to-face meetings: “How can we make sure people have received our information unless we do a presentation?” It is a well-intentioned question. It is (usually) a genuinely curious question. Those asking it do indeed have important information that they have for others. Sometimes it is potentially life-saving information, […]

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Wish I’d thought of that!

September 7, 2012

Doesn’t really matter what it is, when I see something I really like, a great idea, a new use for something, I invariably wish I’d thought of that. I do understand that most good ideas are crowd sourced, or group generated – Keith Sawyer did a great job in his book Group Genius in debunking […]

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The centre of attention

June 28, 2011

I’m reading a book about humour, and one of the questions its authors are exploring is the biological imperative for humour and laughter. Apart from the obvious mating game where women are attracted to men with a sense of humour (unless of course they are attracted to women with a sense of humour, but I […]

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A different way of working

May 24, 2010

Here’s another cool RSA animation, this time by Dan Pink about his latest book, Drive. If you don’t have time to read the book you can at least watch this 10-minute video. It explores the paradox of rewards – that when we have enough money, more money is not a motivator. What does motivate us […]

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Introverts Rock!

January 24, 2010

I like this presentation on a number of levels. I can relate to the content! The internet has been a boon for me. I think there’s a lot of advantages in being an introvert, but being thrust into a room full of strangers isn’t one of them! And let’s not talk about sweaty palms at […]

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From complex data to an understandable message

January 18, 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 […]

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Help me with a pecha kucha presentation?

July 14, 2009

Pecha kucha. 20 slides x 20 seconds each = 6 minutes 40 seconds. You can read all about it here. I love this approach to presentations. I’ve yet to try it – but that’s about to change! I have to do a pechu kucha presentation on Thursday. That’s the day after tomorrow. I found out […]

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Insanely Great Slideshows – the story so far

June 26, 2009

Since the age of 16 I wanted to be an agricultural journalist. OK, that was after I decided that the prospect of becoming an astro-photographer was probably unlikely. I can still remember at about the age of oh, maybe 10 or 11, standing in the kitchen with my mum. She had on a green and […]

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The power of modelling behaviours

June 22, 2009

I’ve always understood the importance of modelling behaviours, although I’m not entirely sure where or how I learnt this. I do remember when I changed jobs, oh, 20 something years ago, and finding myself working with two amazingly talented people, Terry and Sarah (hi, guys, if you’re out there!). Terry was, and still is, a […]

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