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Presentation Zen

Presentation Zen
Assembling talking points, lists, and tedious outlines is a rather drab exercise that neither challenges your creative abilities or leads to a rewarding experience for you or your audience. But if you are going to do something different, if you are going to craft a talk that engages, illuminates, and even inspires, then the preparation is going to take creativity. This is especially true for the creation of a short-form presentation such as a TED/TEDx talk, or an Ignite or Pecha Kucha presentation, etc. In spite of much our formal schooling's efforts to mold us into compliance seekers rather than curious and intelligent creatives, we are still at our core creative beings. Creativity is in all of us—in fact it's who we are. And yet, regardless of our professions, we can benefit greatly from being even more creative.

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Duarte Just a couple more stops until the Death Star. @sean_voegeli Many of our employees live a long way from the office. Six Minutes Six Minutes is a public speaking and presentation skills website. We offer regular feature articles on speech writing, delivery techniques, PowerPoint and visuals, and speaker habits. In these articles, you will find tips, insights, and strategies which help you become a confident and effective speaker.

Presentation Zen With all the excitement concerning the worldwide release of the new Cosmos series with Neil deGrasse Tyson this month, it's a good time to repost this piece from 2009 on the remarkable Mae Jemison. Young people need role models, and Dr. Jemison is a great one. According to The American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence: "Mae Jemison, with her perseverance and commitment to science, serves as a great role model for future scientists everywhere." Mae Jemison: The arts and sciences are not separate Empowered Digital Disruption is on everyone's mind. Netflix is replacing people's cable subscriptions. Simple apps like OpenTable and LoseIt! are displacing businesses like Zagat's and Weight Watchers.

The power of the visual: Learning from Down Under promotion videos The legendary Yogi Berra had a unique way of stating the obvious. Yogi once said "You can observe a lot by just looking around." Obvious perhaps, yet profound in its truth. People are always asking me, for example, how they can learn about graphic design or photography or make better visuals, etc. The first step, I answer, is just to look around you and really see what there is to see.

Get-It-Done Guy Jane writes in: I'm a grad student. I do a lot of online research. How do I keep track of all the links and material I find when researching? Pasting it into one massive word processing document doesn't seem like the best idea, and my Internet bookmarks are out of control. The information revolution is wonderful, isn’t it? Perceptual Edge We typically think of quantitative scales as linear, with equal quantities from one labeled value to the next. For example, a quantitative scale ranging from 0 to 1000 might be subdivided into equal intervals of 100 each. Linear scales seem natural to us. If we took a car trip of 1000 miles, we might imagine that distance as subdivided into ten 100 mile segments. It isn’t likely that we would imagine it subdivided into four logarithmic segments consisting of 1, 9, 90, and 900 mile intervals.

Lessons from Steve's Keynote I attended Steve's keynote address at Macworld Expo San Francisco this morning, and I took a picture of most of the slides that he used. I couldn't capture them all because of the special effects he was using. You can read about these announcements all over the place, but here's a good summary on MacNN. The Measurement Standard: Blog Edition Daphne Gray-Grant's Rapid Writing It's April. And in many parts of the world that means only one thing: Tax season. (Cue scary music.) This means I've been busy flattening out crumpled bits of paper, desperately trying to locate missing receipts, and wondering, why, exactly, I spent $169.95 at Office Depot on August 19, 2013. But finally, after more than a week of alternating between despair ("this is awful; I'll never get it done") and giddiness ("hey, my columns actually balanced!")

10 Tips on how to think like a designer Most people do not really think about design and designers, let alone think of themselves as designers. But what, if anything, can regular people — teachers, students, business people of all types — learn from designers and from thinking like a designer? And what of more specialized professions? Can medical doctors, scientists, researchers, and engineers, and other specialists in technical fields benefit in anyway by learning how a graphic designer or interaction designer thinks? Is there something designers, either through their training or experience, know that we don't? I believe there is.

Geekpreneur One of the problems of working online is keeping track of your life. It doesn’t matter whether you are researching for an offline job or are a hardcore web worker. In the past, a lot of us have used paper day planners, but if a significant part of your day is spent online, you likely have digital information to track. One of the most powerful and flexible ways to do this and stay productive is with a Personal Dashboard.

Top 25 Web 2.0 Search Engines Online search is now a multi-billion dollar industry, with Google alone grossing over $3.5 billion in profits last year. It’s no wonder why so many newcomers are hopping on the search bandwagon, hoping to become the next Google. And those new search engines that may stand the best chance to become the next Google all share one common element — the use of Web 2.0 technology that they hope will increase search result relevance. We’ve picked out of favorite ones for college students so try them out for your next paper, online college rankings search, project, accredited online schools search or personal entertainment. Here are 25 such engines.

Andrew Lark I'm not sure about the logic that says a company that provides a free service - Facebook, Twitter, Quora -- should also provide free telephone support. Users shouldn't confuse them not doing this with not listening - I suspect it is pure business economics. What drives me mad is when companies like eBay and PayPal, who charge for a service can't be bothered providing easy to access support.

From design to meaning: a whole new way of presenting? My favorite book of the summer is Daniel Pink's A Whole New Mind. A simple book in many ways, and a most profound and well-researched one as well. At 267 pages (in paperback), it's a quick read.

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