The Battle of the Principals of Design

What captures your attention? Check out how the principals of design are at play in Lucia’s photo. Susan says: This is a photo that Lucia and I have discussed many times. It may look quite innocent, but we have a strong disagreement about what is important here, what...

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Foto Friday – Let’s Talk About Point of View

This is photo depicts Point of View with a bit of humor. At least, it makes me laugh. Two photographers on the beach, each seeing something of interest in opposite directions. But wait, where am I? What about my point of view? I noticed them and laughed as I lifted my...

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Use an Atmospheric Photo to Add Impact to Your Story

I attribute the success of this photo to the staying power of Hollywood’s 1930s and 40s Film Noir. Noir featured atmospheric crime-laden drama with a heavy emphasis on sexual tension: fog, darkness, betrayal, loneliness, fear. All these emotions are easy to feel in...

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Do You Ever Think About Fairy Tales?

Today’s post will be different. Instead of checking the news for indignities suffered by women in male-dominated workplaces, I thought I’d look at classic fairy tales to see what truths lurk there. I devoured fairy tales as a kid. Cinderella, Three Little Pigs, Jack...

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Recognize Arrogance. It is Not Confidence.

We are constantly urging women who work in male-dominated occupations to develop self-confidence. It takes confidence to advance and lead in a masculine work environment. But, there is a big difference between confidence and arrogance. Confidence will help your...

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Work: Maybe It Is Just a Game.

For many men, the way a workplace should function is like a team sport. Often, they see themselves and behave as athletes with all the expectations and obligations of players on a team. While I would never recommend trying to think like a man as a way to get ahead in...

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Design with Secondary Colors for Emotional Impact

The colors you pick for your presentation are the most powerful design choices you make. The strong primary colors - red, yellow and blue -  are often selected without much thought to other options. They are bold, brassy and obvious. But take a moment to consider the...

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How do you tell a story in a presentation?

We all know what a story is. A story has a protagonist Frodo Baggins, for instance), the protagonist has something big to do (put the Ring into the fires of Mount Doom), the protagonist has someone trying to stop him (the wizard Sauron and his Ringwraiths and Orcs)....

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