Find the Center of Gravity for Great Presentation Design

Everyone knows that PowerPoint is the language of business. The problem is, most PowerPoint decks are nothing more than a series of overstuffed and often confusing slides that accompany nap-inducing soliloquies by presenters. Having developed thousands of presentations, we’ve identified best practices that are simple, yet rarely employed. To that end, we created Center of Gravity, a new framework for building presentations. The idea is that each deck, every slide, and every piece of content

How to Treat Your Public Speakers

This is a post that I should have written over a year ago, but I was motivated to write it tonight after an event that I spoke at. Last year, I traveled out to Rapid City, South Dakota and spoke at Concept ONE, a premiere business marketing event founded by Korena Keys, a regional entrepreneur, agency owner, and proud South Dakotan. Korena’s goal was to bring professional speakers in from out of state that could

Video: Kevin Spacey Discusses the 3 Elements of Storytelling

Storytelling is all the rage right now in the content marketing world. It was also the subject of discussion at Content Marketing World 2014 where Kevin Spacey did the keynote… on storytelling. Mr. Spacey walked through the three elements of great storytelling. I’ve added my own remarks here – you can watch the video of his keynote (which was carefully edited to cut out quite a collection of expletives). Conflict – Your business may not

Your Analytics is Missing the Mark

On Friday, I spoke at eduDEV, a conference of University educators and marketing departments, about the use of Analytics. Much of the audience utilize Google Analytics, so the presentation was modified for it. Rather than do another boring presentation on Google Analytics, I wanted to provide the audience with an impact of what their analytics applications were missing and what other tools were out there to fill the gaps. The tools that I made mention

5 Keys to Your Successful Personal Brand

I had a conversation with one friend today and got an email from another asking my advice on how to build their personal brand… and ultimately profit from it. This may be a topic that’s better answered by friend Dan Schawbel, a personal branding expert… so keep an eye on his blog. I’ll share my thoughts on what I’ve done over the last decade, though. Present yourself how you wish to be perceived – I

Web 2.0 for Business Presentation

I just wanted to share my presentation that I did with Sharp Minds. We had some great local companies who were looking to learn how they could deploy blogging and social media in their efforts to promote their business. Not a lot here in the presentation – most of it was me talking, along with flipping back and forth between sites and the presentation. It is a new Powerpoint/Keynote theme that I designed, though!