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Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck, And how you can make them better

I have focused some during the last few years on presentation skills. Here is a recording of a presentation that I wanted to share by Rick Altman, author of “Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck, And how you can make them

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Simple Design (from Slideshare)

Here is a great slide deck on simple design from Slideshare. Simple Design from Chiara Ojeda

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Storytelling for Presentations

I am a strong believer in storytelling! You can check out some of my previous posts and papers on narrative, digital storytelling, and effective presentation skills! Today Mike Pascoe shared this slide deck created by Alex Rister on Facebook. I

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Presentation 3.0 ??? Storytelling 3.0 ???

I have been interested in instructional communication and how academics present for some time. My interest began a number of years ago with my love for storytelling and hate for PowerPoint (or should I say the poor use of PowerPoint).

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Situational Qualities Exhibited by Exceptional Presenters

Joni Dunlap and I just published an ECAR research bulletin called “Situational Qualities Exhibited by Exceptional Presenters”. Bad presentations are commonplace, but rather than focus on what is wrong with bad presentations, the authors looked at what makes an exceptional

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“Best” Presentations

For years I have been interested in how people present (both face-to-face and online) and how they use technology to deliver effective presentations.  For instance, the following are a few things I have done over the years on this topic:

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Jing vs. Camtasia: Choosing the right screencasting tool

I got an email the other day from a colleague asking which was better — Jing or Camtasia?  Then later that day, a faculty member stopped by and wanted to talk  about whether she should upgrade from Jing to Camtasia.

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I am a huge fan of SlideShare ( and other presentation hosting tools. If for no other reason, these tools allow me — I no longer print out copies of my slides to handout (which by the way I have

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Lessons Learned Presenting at Conferences

I am a strong believer in attending and presenting at conferences for professional development.  Each year I try to attend the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) — — as well as the annual meeting of the

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The CU Online Handbook

Check out The CU Online Handbook! The CU Online Handbook Edited by Patrick R. Lowenthal David Thomas Anna Thai Brian Yuhnke Download the eBook Download the entire eBook (pdf) Download Individual Chapters Introduction Patrick R. Lowenthal Trends and Issues with

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