Use a Photo to Spark Conversation During a Presentation

Is it possible that a photo of springtime in the orchard can be used to excite conversation on planning, anticipation, and patience? Abstractions can come alive and start engagement if connections can be visualized. What are we looking at here? Is this simply a...

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Foto Friday – Snow Day, Birds, and Reminder to Slow Down

You may recall, I use Foto Friday to remind you to slow down and enjoy the world around you. And I like to give you something fun, beautiful, funny, or light-hearted to see at the end of the work-week. I think this photo does both. On the last snow day in Portland, I...

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Design Lessons from an Oil Can

Are simplicity and utility valuable assets in a presentation? Sometimes. Structure and design the presentation to make it neither grander nor plainer than the task it is created to handle.   Susan says, “This is a very well-used oil can. In today’s...

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Foto Friday – Light and Dark

The Portland Winter Light Festival is an experience of light and dark. It’s full of light installations that become beacons in the dark of night. This photo is a very good example of a combination of ‘keeping it simple’ in a negative space. The umbrella above the...

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It’s a Survival Thing – Finding Patterns

Finding patterns is an ancient human survival skill. Put it to good use to engage with your audience in your next presentation. Susan says, “I found myself looking closely here. All those different random buttons. But, just for fun, did any match? Were there...

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Start an Argument with a Presentation Image.

Here’s a photo that puts the imagination to work. Invoking, even provoking, the opinions of your audience is key to giving memorable and engaging presentations. Susan says, “I don’t think you can just give this image a passing glance. There is too...

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Foto Friday – Using Photos to Depict Abstract Ideas

It’s pretty obvious that the abstract idea here is joy. And I don’t think it’s anthropomorphic to say that this dog exudes it. It’s a nice way to end the work-week, don’t you think? Last week I talked about color and texture. This week, color is almost absent. Except...

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Foto Friday – A Reflection on Color

The eye-catching colors dominate this photo. If not for the duck in the scene, this photo would be an abstract. There’s a contrast between the rich, dark colors on the duck and the pastels surrounding it. The colors of the duck are pristine and delineated, while the...

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Foto Friday – Motion in a Simple Scene

Foto Friday returns with capturing motion on a walk through a wildlife refuge. This Northern Harrier was flying around looking for food. I stood in awe as I watched him soar around or hover over possible prey. Because of the angle the sun was blinding, it difficult to...

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