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Slideshare of the Day: The ten worst body language presentation mistakes

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SOAP presentations is definitely among my top Slidesharers to follow. Their decks are consistently useful, well-designed and engaging. Today’s Slideshare of the Day features a topic that is important to both live synchronous presentations and asynchronous video presentations. While we can debate just how much we say through body language vs. verbal language, no one can deny that an audience makes certain decisions about a presenter’s credibility and relationship to them based on non-verbals. As Amy Cuddy asserts, our body language can speak volumes about how others perceive us (Source). Garr Reynolds in The Naked Presenter speaks about the honeymoon period of a presentation:

Even famous, well-established presenters–including celebrities–will only get a minute before audiences grow tired of their inability to grab attention.

Often, it is body language that can determine whether or not a presenter can truly grab an audience’s attention. Maintaing an open posture, facing the audience, maintaining genuine and consistent eye contact, moving with a purpose, and focusing on clarity in vocal delivery can all make the difference between an engaging, memorable presenter and a forgettable one. Pairing SOAP’s tips with Amy Cuddy’s “power pose” strategy can be a great starting point for stronger physical delivery. Check out today’s Slideshare below. For more on Amy Cuddy’s theories of body language, check out her TED talk.

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Slideshare of the Day: 29 Design Resources That Work Miracles

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Today marks the end of my two month break from classroom teaching. I’ve been busy writing up lesson plans for the Professional Communication and Presentation course reboot, revising assignment for the coming month, and tweaking my core slidedecks. As I am always working on minor or major adjustments to my deliverables, I am always looking for new sources of design inspiration and know how. A Tweak Your Slides reader, Richard Garber, who writes Joyful Public Speaking, shared the Assertion-Evidence format created by Michael Alley with me yesterday, and today, while browsing the latest Slideshare offerings on design and presenting, I ran across today’s Slideshare, “29 Design Resources That Work Miracles” by SEO.com:

The deck begins with a brief rationale–visual content today is one of the most powerful marketing tools for individuals and companies alike. But, like any good tool, it must be used in the right way, and this means placing the focus on good design and using good design resources. I was surprised at how many of the resources listed were new to me. Several are sources I wish I’d had in creating particularly difficult decks in the past and several others are sources I cannot wait to try this coming month. Here are a few of my favorites:

For Design Inspiration:

Creattica: though I already use Pinterest to curate designs I am inspired by, the added value of Creattica is that the site’s offerings are voted on and only displays examples of a designer’s greatest work–it’s a great way to filter inspiration down to great design for someone who is not a formally-trained designer.

For Image Editing:

Pixlr: I am lucky enough to have the entire Adobe Illustrator suite on my employer-provided laptop, but on my personal mac, I am limited to photo editing tools inside of Keynote and PowerPoint. Thankfully, user-friendly photo editing services like Pixlr are here to help. Available as a full online editor, express editor, and mobile app Pixlr is an easy to use tool for the novice designer

For Patterns:

Subtle Patterns: this is my absolute favorite new source. Again, as I am now teaching myself to use the Adobe Creative suite with the help of Lynda.com, my skills in creating depth through texture and patterns are limited to what I can find on image sites like compfight.com, ColourLovers, or what I can create myself using slide design software. As soon as I opened Subtle Patterns, I fell in love. The site contains hundreds of patterns available for download as .pngs and also features a Photoshop plugin similar to Kuler‘s that allows you to access the patterns without visiting the site.

Check out these and the other 26 awesome resources by scrolling through today’s Slideshare of the Day!

 

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Slideshare Debut: Ideate!

After several weeks of work designing, revising, and receiving critique, I am proud to launch my latest deck on Slideshare.net, “Ideate! Create and Develop World-Changing Ideas.” Check it out below or on Slideshare.net. As for me, it’s time to get back to grading and wrapping up the new PCP instruction sheets. Happy Wednesday!

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Visual Design Basics is a Top Presentation of the Day!

Thank you to Slideshare.net for choosing my quick and dirty guide to visual design as a top presentation of the day. While it is not as exhaustive as my Simple Design deck, I hope it helps encourage everyone to see that slide design is not a mystery, but a totally attainable goal! Check out the deck below:

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Tweak Your Slides Debut: What I Carry

noun_project_3359.015 Slideshare.net has recently launched a content sharing partnership with LinkedIn’s Influencer program, which allows LinkedIn users to gain insight from the top thought leaders in the world today (across a variety of disciplines).

click to learn more about LinkedIn's influencers.

Click to learn more about LinkedIn’s influencers.

One of the topics covered by LinkedIn is “The Things I Carry: My Everyday Tools for Success.” In conjunction with the LinkedIn series, Slideshare is running a special trend based on the same topic. They’ve called on Slideshare users to share their everyday tools for success, and I’ve taken up the call. Here are the things I carry (note: a cat is not a thing, but daily moments with my friend, Juana, makes for a happy Chiara):

So, what are your tools for success? What do you need to be a successful you?

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Slideshare of the Day: Ten Wise Lessons I’ve Learnt from Freelancing

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Today’s deck is for all of us aspiring frelancers out there. I recently chatted with budding presentation designer and maverick Eugene Cheng about his struggle with death-by-powerpoint and my struggle with getting a handle on how to start this freelance designing thing I’ve had in the back of my mind for years. Currently work keeps me pretty busy, but I also need to stretch and grow my tweak muscles by taking on non-educational projects.

For those of you who are like me and don’t have a clue where to start and what to watch out for, take a moment to check out today’s Slideshare presentation by Illiya Vjestica, better known as The Presentation Designer on Slideshare.net.  The deck is lovely–wonderful unity through type, color, and layout. I appreciate Illiya’s use of shape and type to convey the lessons, and the peppering in of relevant quotes and sticky images to go along with them. The lesson I found most immediately applicable was “Give Three Days Grace” for actionable tasks. Giving oneself a realistic three day window will help one not bite off more than one can chew in taking on a project, and can keep one from breaking a promise to a client (which I’d imagine is not too good for the client/designer relationship).

Presentations like today’s deck are another reason Slideshare has become one of the most powerful tools for presenters and companies today. Happy Freelancing, Happy Slidesharing, and Happy Tweaking!

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