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 sites like these is that the photos were often created specifically to be used as stock.  This means that if you’re looking for someone with a specific pose, or for a very exact concept, you are far more… Read More

#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 session focused on slide design tips.  If you’re interested, I’ve included the slideshare below along with links to these great books on presentation delivery and design:

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 that it’s better to subtract, than it is to add.  Easier said than done.  I hope you find it helpful. Furthermore, if you’re looking to dig in more deeply, I suggest you check out Presentation Zen… Read More

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 skill set.  I’ve since changed my mind and this semester I am assigning my students a PechaKucha assignment for the first time.  As I reflected, I realized there were just too many positive outcomes associated with the… Read More