Transitions and Animations online? No!

Transitions and Animations online? No!

Presentations over the web are commonplace. Yet, there are still issues with internet bandwidth. Not all presenters are in a location where optimal internet speeds are available. Audience members may also be in locations where the internet connection is poor. The caution, therefore, is to reduce the amount of bandwidth you will use for your […]

Update your tools!

Update your tools!

A lot of presenters I work with are not using the latest and greatest version of their presentation tool. Occasionally, this is because they are unaware of updates from the software vendor. Often, it is simply that they are used to the tool and do not feel a need to upgrade. There are many reasons […]

Read this if you buy Getty images

Read this if you buy Getty images

Getty sent a letter to the a website owner informing her that she was using a photograph without the correct license. The website owner was the original photographer of that photograph, and had previously donated tens of thousands of photographs from her collection to the US Library of Congress for use in the public domain. […]

Watermarked images?

Watermarked images?

When preparing your slides, finding images is often a long task. Free images are usually not high quality or require accreditation stamped on them or on your slides. Quality images are rarely free, and permission must be received – usually in the form of a paid license. While you are building your slide deck, you may […]

More death by PowerPoint distraction!

More death by PowerPoint distraction!

One of the major concerns about PowerPoint is the distraction to the audience when animations and transitions are used. In the latest Update to the OS X version of PowerPoint, we are offered the amazing new feature that will allow us to: “Make your slides more dynamic by adding an animated background image.” Ouch! MORE […]

The cost of a single photo

The cost of a single photo

As professionals and artists, we would be concerned when someone – professional or amateur – uses our material. Certainly, plagiarism is not nice when it happens to us, and as professionals, we work to avoid it and credit every source of information that we use. This applies to ALL professionals. If we use audio, video, […]

It’s about the entire deck!

It’s about the entire deck!

Your slide show will not necessarily be improved by picking one slide and updating it. Nor will updating two or ten slides. A slide show will be stunning when the level of the entire deck has been raised. A slide show will be stunning when it represents your message elegantly. The dangers of changing one slide are […]

Stunning Branding

Stunning Branding

There is a debate when creating slides about using branding on every slide. I’m weighing in with my opinion. When you are presenting for an organization that has already hired you, it is unnecessary to brand stamp every slide. And in fact, depending on the audience, having your brand on anything but your opening slide […]