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 the video below, I’ll show you how this effect can be used and in what circumstances it might make sense in which to use it.  Questions about how to apply or use this effect?  Leave them in… Read More

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 presenting.  An American transplant in Japan, his blog, Presentation Zen, is an excellent resource.  His unique angle on the topic is the way he incorporates elements of Japanese zen and culture into his work (hint: simplicity and harmony… Read More

Guest on Student Affairs Live: Building Innovative Slidedecks

I had a blast as a guest on the Student Affairs Live broadcast on Wednesday, April 24 at Noon EST.  We talked about how to design and give presentations.  I love this topic and frequently present on it, and media design in general, to my students.  If you’re curious about some of my work, you can check it out on SlideShare. The link to the show is here.  I’ve also embedded a recording below.

You’ve watched TED Talks, but have you read the new TED Books? [UPDATED]

This week, the folks over at TED just released a new initiative known as TED Books.  Available through apps for iPad, Kindle and Nook, TED Books are meant to be the eTextbook complement to the innovative series of TED talks we have all grown to love.  Following the TED tradition of brevity, they are all meant to be consumed in about an hour.  Their content also follows the TED tradition of unique, cutting edge and innovative content.