#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 by… 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

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 glad they think I fit this category. 😉  The above presentation gives some quick tips on what a Keynote Author is, what they benefits receive, and some general  tips on how to be a rockstar on SlideShare!