Foto Friday – Winter Landscape, Light, and Dogs

Last weekend my friends and I went to, what we call, the 1000 acre dog park. It was a bonus day. The sun was shining, not too cold, lots of dogs. It was fabulous. Winter can offer some beautiful landscapes of subtle colors and muted tones. The sky puts on a show with...

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Use Uncertainty to Build Engagement

Do you know what you are looking at? There are a few hints, but it is tough to know for sure. Uncertainty is a great jumping off point for a presentation on many, many topics. Susan says, "Lucia took this photo at the annual Portland Winter Light Festival. It's quite...

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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 disposable...

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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 much activity in...

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