The Temptation of Templates

The Temptation of Templates

Are you the kind who sees the word “template” and runs screaming in the opposite direction? The kind who believes that everything must be invented from scratch to be brilliant? Our reaction to both these positions/questions is this: i) Some templates are...
Organizing Principles: going beyond chronology

Organizing Principles: going beyond chronology

In our last post we spoke of various ways of organizing presentation material within a chronological paradigm. Today, we look at some other modes of organization which answer 3 essential questions:: What’s it all about? What’s the difference? ...
Organizing Principles: how to play with sequence

Organizing Principles: how to play with sequence

As humans, we are programmed to doing things sequentially. A series of actions, carried out in the right sequence, is how we navigate our waking moments, our work and our leisure. Lists are one of our favorite means of organizing our lives. Organizing material for a...
Audience preparedness: some hints and helps

Audience preparedness: some hints and helps

In our last post we mentioned how professional presenters (especially speakers) are great at adapting their ready-made presentations to suit the audience they find themselves facing. But what happens if you are just beginning, and are depending almost entirely on your...
Audience understanding: some types and tips

Audience understanding: some types and tips

When talking about presentations and impressing your audience with a well-designed and effective set of slides, we often speak of the audience as if it were a monolith. Far from it. There are audiences and there are audiences. We’ve spoken on this blog about...