How to use PowerPoint to Force Attention

Have you ever seen a bad PowerPoint presentation? (Have you ever made one?!) Think about how you use PowerPoint. It can be used to engage, to annoy, to inform or put people to sleep. Many argue that to use PowerPoint itself is bad and should be avoided. But if there is a problem with a PowerPoint More…

Prezi versus PowerPoint for presentation visuals

Have you heard of Prezi? Sometimes called the ‘zooming’ presentation software, Prezi is an online program you can use to create presentations that are considered more dynamic than PowerPoint because of its Zooming User Interface. What does that mean? The presentation or story is laid out on a virtual canvas and the scale of the viewed area More…

PowerPoint blows up Space Shuttle

Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off July 8 on the final flight of the shuttle program. A video of the launch here. Seeing a Space Shuttle in the news reminds me of the TWO Space Shuttle explosions (Challenger and Columbia) and the conclusion that poor communication via PowerPoint contributed to both disasters. Some of the blame for the Columbia disaster More…

3 quick tips: Presentation visuals

1. Lights Up Avoid turning the lights down during a presentation.  If your visual support requires a darkened room, ensure it’s not long enough for them to take a nap! 2. ‘Be’ the visual… Use your arms and eyes and expression to show us the size of the fish you caught or how quickly your More…