20 GREAT Sites For Free Stock Images

As visuals become more and more important to the way we communicate, finding great images is critical to communicating your message. There are a number of websites I use when putting together presentations and finding photographs for my website.  If I have very specific needs, I use the pay-per-download stock image site, shutterstock.com.  The benefit of…

#ACPA16 Presentation: How To Become Lord Of The Slides

I was pleased to present a Genius Lab session entitled, “How To Become Lord of the Slides,” at the ACPA convention this past week!  As the ACPA website describes, Genius Labs “are 20-minute skill-building workshops highlighting a number of practical activities (primarily focused on technology) designed for participants to learn about, experiment with, and implement immediately.”  My…

Simpler is Better in Presentation Slides

One of the constant reminders I have to tell myself when designing slide decks is to remember that “simpler is better.”  Rather than trying to load my presentations with bells, whistles, and animations that are more likely to distract, I have to remember to takeaway.  I designed this Slideshare (embedded below) to help illustrate the point…

Designing Kick Butt Presentations [VIDEO]

My friend and colleague, Dr. Laura Pasquini, asked if I could do a quick video lesson for her students on how to design and deliver great presentations. The end result was the video below.  Hopefully you will find this a practical, accessible, and easy how-to guide for your own work.  Enjoy!

5 Outcomes #PechaKucha Presentations Can Teach You

From the first ACPA PechaKucha session, to its adoption as a conference-wide event, a number of faculty have begun to utilize the presentation style as a class assignment for their students.  For a few years, I have avoided assigning this to my own students.  I thought it was just too hard.  That it required too advanced a…

Presentation Tip: Become a SlideShare Rockstar!

I’m a big fan of the website SlideShare.  Think of it as the YouTube of presentations.  You can upload your slides from a presentation to share them with others. I was recently selected to be a “Keynote Author.”  This is a designation given by SlideShare to select users who are recognized as “top content creators.”  I’m…

Your Ultimate Guide to Giving PechaKucha Presentations

PechaKucha is a special style of presentation that privileges short, powerful messages.  I’ve been experimenting with this style of presentation for almost 5 years.  In 2013, I along with a few colleagues were the first to bring this presentation style to student affairs in a session entitled, “The Future of Student Affairs in Six Minutes and Forty…