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... Continue Reading →

#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."... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Presentation Tip: Using Fonts

Here are some quick tips on how to increase the visual impact of your slides through typography.  Including: Understanding the types of fonts Using color Breaking up and placing text Text size and bullet points Integrating text and images

Presentation Tip: Using The “Push” Effect

I wanted to share one of my favorite applications of a seeming simple slide transition, the "push" effect.  It is an excellent way to create the illusion of a camera panning across a large canvas.  Prezi presentations use a more smooth variation of this effect, but you can recreate it in Keynote or Powerpoint.  In... Continue Reading →

Presentation Tip: Books and Resources

Many people ask me about resources available to help them become better presenters and build better presentations.  There are two individuals that I think are doing particularly outstanding work.  I highly suggest checking out their blogs and books.  Links are provided below. Garr Reynolds Garr is perhaps my favorite author that speaks and writes on... Continue Reading →

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