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By now, many of us in the presentation business have heard the mantra, “visual is viral.” But just how seriously should we be taking it? Pretty seriously, it turns out. The proof is in the numbers. So how exactly do you reap the benefits of a highly visual presentation? Be Relevant The photos you select must be relevant to your presentation topic, high-resolution, and captivating. Relevancy is critical because as you would suspect, research shows that irrelevant pictures can complicate learning for your viewers instead of simplifying the comprehension process. For example, if you’re sharing stories from your experiences as a raving sports fan, don’t try to be clever and use a photo of a rotating fan that you use to cool your house. In addition, if you are telling a story about taking your kids to the beach, don’t settle for an image of a child doing something unrelated to your beach story. Choose Quality Aim for a resolution that is approximately 1024 × 768. Follow Copyright Laws 2. 3. 4. Related:  Social Media StrategyTeaching MaterialsTech tools for ed

Social Media Strategy in 8 Steps Subscribe to our new Definitive newsletter: High grade digital marketing guidance, topically sorted, and curated to the max. You pick the categories, we deliver the content. The best content from around the web, on topics you care about and need to be an expert in. Over the past four years at Convince & Convert, we’ve continued to refine our social media strategy process. Here’s one of the latest iterations, presented as a keynote speech to ESTO (Educational Seminar for Travel Organizations) last Fall. I’ve pasted the slides below, but also included a short summary of the 8 steps in our social media strategy process, as the slides are more visual than descriptive. Social Media Strategy in 8 Steps (Summary) One of the major theses we employ in our social media strategy process is this: Companies should focus more on how to BE social, and less on how to DO social media. Step 1: Build an Ark Nobody should “own” social media strategy in your organization. Step 2: Listen and Compare

Tabletop Whale Voice Typing Comes to Google Docs Google Docs now allow for voice typing. I use voice typing on my phone all the time, this is a welcome addition to Google Docs. I am amazed at how accurate the voice typing is. Make sure you talk at a slower pace, carefully enunciating each word. I find it helps to talk a little bit like a robot. This feature is truly amazing! This will open a floating microphone box off to the side of the document. I highly recommend learning the keyboard shortcut for voice typing. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2015 Like this: Like Loading...

Pixabay A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Social Media Strategy If you remember just one thing about social media this year, let it be this: you can’t just “wing it” anymore. When so much of your business is now influenced, even dependent, on your social media success, having a plan is essential. With this in mind, HootSuite University has created a simple, step-by-step Guide to Creating a Social Media Strategy. Download Now This 5-step guide will allow individuals and businesses to get the most out of their social media efforts by helping them identify, plan and execute their social media goals. The Guide to Creating a Social Media Strategy teaches you how to: Clarify your business’ social media goalsAudit your current social media statusDevelop your content strategyUse analytics to track progressAdjust your strategy as needed Start your year with a plan. HootSuite University also offers a comprehensive 30-minute online course on Creating a Social Media Strategy. Learn More

10 Most Common Rookie Mistakes in Public Speaking In this guest post, Terry Gault, Managing Partner and Vice President of The Henderson Group, provides insight into how to become a better presenter by avoiding a few common mistakes. Terry oversees all curriculum and services at The Henderson Group. In addition he is responsible for the selection, training and development of all trainers and facilitators for The Henderson Group, and has been an instructor with the Henderson Group for over 15 years. Having coached clients on presentation skills since 1997, I’ve noticed some clear patterns in the behavior of inexperienced presenters. Take a look at the prezi we've made to illustrate these 10 mistakes, and the easy ways that you can avoid them. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. a) Increase audience perception as well as your feeling of confidence and ease.b) Give your audience time to digest your key points and give those points greater impact.c) Give you time to formulate your thoughts into more succinct and cogent sentences. S-l-o-w d-o-w-n!

theconversation Google is the world’s most popular search engine and is by far the most popular search engine used in Australia. But our research suggests that most Australians do not understand how the Google search engine works or what they are clicking on when they use it. Most of us use the Google search engine every day, whether to find information for our work, study, shopping, leisure or for pure idle curiosity. This is the question at the heart of our research on Australian internet users, which seeks to shed light on whether they understand the different search results Google produces. These results include paid-for adverts, organic or natural results produced because they are most relevant to the search inquiry and results from Google’s other, affiliate services such as Google News, Google Maps and Google Shopping. User confusion Our results show that Australian consumers are confused about the different parts of Google’s search results pages, and why Google produces them. Legal context

A Complete List of Free Stock Image Sites for E-Learning The Internet is rife with free things, especially free stock image sites. However, there are usually three main issues with the free stock image sites: The free stock images aren’t really free. For example, free is confined to “free for personal use.” This is great when I want to build elearning courses for my family’s safety training but pretty useless when I need to do anything work-related.The free stock image sites are only there to point to for-pay stock image sites. You are enticed with free stock images, but when you click on the ones that look good, they turn out to be connected to a for-pay service.Most of the free stock image sites are irrelevant. In this post, we’ll look at free stock images sire that are mostly free for commercial use. Free Stock Images in the Community Of course, the elearning community has all sorts of free stock images. Free Stock Image Sites Startup Stock Photos: Unsplash Picjumbo: Stokpic Gratisography Jay Mantri Jeshoots Life of Pix: Magdeleine New Old Stock

Social Media Marketing: How to Use Social Media for Marketing Social media marketing is a powerful way for businesses of all sizes to reach prospects and customers. Your customers are already interacting with brands through social media, and if you're not speaking directly to your audience through social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, you're missing out! Great marketing on social media can bring remarkable success to your business, creating devoted brand advocates and even driving leads and sales. Social Media Marketing 101: What Is Social Media Marketing? Social media marketing, or SMM, is a form of internet marketing that involves creating and sharing content on social media networks in order to achieve your marketing and branding goals. Social media marketing includes activities like posting text and image updates, videos, and and other content that drives audience engagement, as well as paid social media advertising. With these tips, you can begin developing your own social media marketing expert plan.