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Below are the most recent articles or resources I’ve published. If you are looking for help on a specific topics, it would best to look at the topics in my Articles archive as I have grouped my recent and best articles by topic there.

  • Using Amazon Storybuilder to outline a presentation; Issue #303 January 21, 2014

    Late last year Amazon Studios introduced a tool that will be helpful for presenters. Amazon Studios is a movie studio that helps produce films for film makers. How would their tools relate to presentations? Like the stories that film makers tell, our presentations should tell a story. In this article I want to share how… Continue reading Using Amazon Storybuilder to outline a presentation; Issue #303 January 21, 2014

  • 3 Steps to Lead Presentation Change in 2014; Issue #302 January 7, 2014

    When I am delivering my workshops, a common concern is raised by the participants. They think that the ideas I share are great, they really like the slide makeovers I show them, but they are concerned that the new visuals they create won’t meet with management approval. So they don’t act on the information as… Continue reading 3 Steps to Lead Presentation Change in 2014; Issue #302 January 7, 2014

  • Proportional Object Collection Calculator; Issue #301 December 10 2013

    Earlier this year I created an online tool to calculate the sizes of two shapes based on values that you input. This allows you to create a diagram with two proportional shapes. I wrote about this calculator in the June 11 issue of the newsletter and gave examples of the background and other links about… Continue reading Proportional Object Collection Calculator; Issue #301 December 10 2013

  • Celebrating 300 newsletter issues; November 26, 2013

    Today I am celebrating the 300th issue of my newsletter. I have been writing this newsletter every two weeks for almost 11 years. I would not be able to keep writing if it was not for the support and encouragement that my loyal readers have shown. If you are not on the list yet, click… Continue reading Celebrating 300 newsletter issues; November 26, 2013

  • Treemap Diagrams; November 12, 2013

    At the Presentation Summit in September, Nolan Haims showed a diagram I had seen before, but did not know the proper name for: a treemap. A treemap is a type of visual that allows you to visually compare the size of different measured values using proportionally shaped rectangles that are arranged into an overall rectangle.… Continue reading Treemap Diagrams; November 12, 2013

  • Show steps in a process; October 29, 2013

    When you need to explain a process, whether it is a manufacturing process, process for handling expense claims, or process for installing a new system, there are steps you want to walk the audience through. The default template in PowerPoint leads many presenters to use a numbered list of steps: step one through to the… Continue reading Show steps in a process; October 29, 2013

  • Ideas from the 2013 Presentation Summit; October 15, 2013

    Every year when I speak at and attend the Presentation Summit conference I come back with great ideas from other presentation experts that I can adapt or use in my own presentations. Last month the conference was in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and in this article I want to share three ideas I picked up at… Continue reading Ideas from the 2013 Presentation Summit; October 15, 2013

  • Results of the 2013 Annoying PowerPoint Survey; Issue #296 October 1, 2013

    To see the results of the latest Annoying PowerPoint Survey, click here.

  • Donut Graphs; Issue #295 September 17, 2013

    For the last year or two I have noticed newspapers and magazines using donut graphs more often to show proportional data results. Donut graphs may look like they are hard to create, but they are actually built into PowerPoint, so any presenter can use them. Here is an example that shows how a donut graph… Continue reading Donut Graphs; Issue #295 September 17, 2013

  • Three uses for a black slide; Issue #294 September 3, 2013

    In a workshop last week in the Boston area a participant noticed that I effectively used black slides during the workshop and wanted to know more about how and when to use them. It is a topic I cover in the workshop, and in this article I will share with you what I told the… Continue reading Three uses for a black slide; Issue #294 September 3, 2013