The Lazy Person’s Guide to Rehabbing Boring Slides

Mike Taylor
Mike Taylor // May 16, 2017
The most common pitfall when designing presentations is putting too much text on the slides. As we discussed in a previous post, visual slides are better than slides overloaded with text. Lots of text leads to an excessive amount of thinking by your audience as they constantly switch back and...

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Working with web-based visuals? Then you need to check out TinyPNG

Pete Brown
Pete Brown // April 18, 2017
Have you ever liked a service so much that the best you can do when recommending it is to blurt out its name and mime a mic drop? As if its usefulness transcends the feeble words you’d otherwise try to summon? I never thought I’d wholeheartedly recommend any modern web service...

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Let a handout take your presentation to the next level

Mike Taylor
Mike Taylor // April 4, 2017
Last time we met here, I touched on a couple of things you should do before you start crafting your presentation. Before we start down the path of building slides, we need to touch on the difference between presentation slides and documents. The biggest problem with most slide decks I...

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Rock your next presentation: don’t skip these critical offline steps

Mike Taylor
Mike Taylor // February 28, 2017
What does your presentation process look like? Far too many people jump directly into PowerPoint and just start spraying bullet points all over the place. ...but some of the most important steps you can take to be a successful presenter should happen before you do any work on your slides. Here...

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Think your slides are great? Ask the audience

Mike Taylor
Mike Taylor // February 1, 2017
Picture this: You’re running a meeting. You project a Word document onto the wall and basically lead a read-along session. What would everyone do? They would snore. So why do we build presentations that do the same thing? Most people creating slides suffer from the presentation version of the Lake Wobegon effect (named...

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MSD Podcast, Ep. 11 (Tool Time): A new option for online meetings

Mindset Digital
Mindset Digital // January 19, 2017
Few things can ruin your day like a terrible webinar or online meeting. In this week's Tool Time edition of the Mindset Digital podcast, Mike Taylor says there's a new option that's worth checking out. [embed]https://soundcloud.com/mindset-digital/ep-11-tool-time[/embed] Zoom Meetings https://zoom.us/ Video Conferencing in Real Life [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMOOG7rWTPg[/embed] Follow us! Mindset Digital @mindsetdigital Mike Taylor @tmiket Pete Brown @petebrownsays Briavel Schultz @beevel7 Jessica James @jessjames4   Email us: podcast@mindsetdigital.com ...

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Presentation fast fix #3: say dog, see dog

Debra Jasper
Debra Jasper // August 13, 2014
So you’ve followed the advice in this blog series and added a killer opening to your presentation, divided your content into chapters and reduced the text down to what’s most essential to share. Now all that’s left is to throw in some photos to “pretty it up.”  Right? Actually, findng the right visuals...

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Presentation fast fix #2: simplify

Debra Jasper
Debra Jasper // July 30, 2014
Think Less Text, More TED. We’ve all seen it—speakers racing through their densely packed presentations because they only have 10 minutes left and 43 points left to make. It’s one of the biggest and most common presentation mistakes in business today: the data dump. And it happens everywhere—from sales meetings to the conference stage...

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Presentation fast fix #1: structure your talk

Debra Jasper
Debra Jasper // July 17, 2014
At the end of a Breaking Through the Noise keynote talk recently, a man came up to the podium and asked a critical question. How could he convince his boss that his company’s sales presentations have to be faster, crisper and straight to the point? All of our clients are crazy busy, he...

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Turning a report into an infographic

Rob Messinger
Rob Messinger // August 12, 2013
As we preach at Mindset, there are many ways to tell a story, and you need to pick the right format for each medium and message. We have spent the past few months working with the Columbus Education Commission, which was commissioned to chart a better future for children in our...

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