10 reasons to take a fresh look at lists

I just love Monty Python!  And since I blog, I’m always looking for new ways to improve and enrich my work.  Loved this slideshare by Nick Kellet:

What do you think?

+Alesandra Blakeston

Tips for presenters – How I met your mother style

A very stylish presentation by esPrezo aimed at helping you to grab your audiences attention in the first 60 seconds of your presentation.  The SlideShare gives you 6 tips:

  1. Personal story opener
  2. The energy opener
  3. Humour opener
  4. Question opener
  5. Situational opener
  6. Tricky opener

Which is your preferred way to start a presentation?

Hi, guys! I’m Barney. Barney Stinson. Stand up and look down at your feet, because I’m going to drop a little bit of wisdom on how to open up your presentations.

So just try it out it’s going to be legen…
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…dary!

+Alesandra Blakeston

Made to stick

Once again I saw an amazing SlideShare in my feed this morning!  I have to say that since LinkedIn took over SlideShare, the content has improved dramatically!

This SlideShare, by Happy Marketer Private Ltd, is based on Chip & Dan Heath’s bestseller ‘Made to Stick’.  The deck illustrates how to make our own messages “stick” by applying 6 simple rules or SUCCES.  It contains YouTube videos and case-studies from McDonalds Gol! World Cup Brasil commercial, P&G’s #LikeAGirl campaign, Dumb Ways to Die and more. Overall a really effective presentation.  You could even call it sticky!

Enjoy

+Alesandra Blakeston

What is innovation?

I’ve been in my current role for 10 months now and have learned a lot about innovation as a result. One thing that I have noticed, is that there are many different definitions out there for innovation.  DBD International has one definition in the slideshare below, which really caught my eye.  Not only is it a great example of animation, it tells a great story and defines innovation easily and quickly!

Do you see the dots that other’s don’t see?

How would you define innovation?

+Alesandra Blakeston

What are your presentation fears

Do you create great PowerPoint or Keynote slides?  If not, why not?  This SlideShare by Esprezo looks at 5 of the main fears people have when making presentations that lead them to creating just awful slides.  What’s your greatest presentation fear?

  1. Fear of short content
  2. Fear of simplistic design and whitespace
  3. Fear of experimenting
  4. Fear of stealing from others
  5. Fear of feedback

Hope it helps!

+Alesandra Blakeston

The Future of Work

Just loving the bold bright design of this SlideShare by SprintBiz:

http://www.slideshare.net/SprintBiz/future-of-work-35928727

In addition to the great design, it has some really powerful messages:

  • When we go to work, we look for meaning; for autonomy; for recognition and affirmation.
  • And yes, for fun.
  • Only when you’ve hired the right people… Then – and only then – can you think about how to deploy new technology and to reinvent work
    • New collaboration tools can turbo-charge your teams.
    • New data, analytics and tracking tools can make you smarter.
    • Better tech can improve every process.
  • Change.  How well can you pivot?
  • Competition.  If they zig, can you zag?
  • Complexity.  Who will be the first to lighten up and simplify?
  • [It] always comes down to how well you engage your people.

What do you think?  Do you agree? +Alesandra Blakeston

Create Awesome Slides with Free Pictures

As a visual person I am always looking for new places to find “free” pictures for my presentations and blogs.  I came across this slideshare by Pauline van Goethem with tips on making the best out of the pictures you use and thought I’d pass along the message.  Incidentally, you can do most of the tips mentioned inside PowerPoint.  Write a comment below if you don’t know how.

Hope it helps!

+Alesandra Blakeston

Better PowerPoint – quick and dirty tips

Found this in my SlideShare feed this morning and loved it so much I had to share it!  Which is your favourite tip?

Personally – I always tweak existing decks to make new ones.  Why start from scratch if you don’t have to?

Great presentation deck!

+Alesandra Blakeston