Lucia’s 12th photo contains interesting ideas for presenters.
This photo has a subtext that can generate interesting ideas for your next presentation. For one, the pattern created by the metalwork holding the glass is oddly incomplete. That creates some mental curiosity. By looking closely, you will eventually see the Star of David found in this stained glass window of the Beth Israel Synagogue. Lucia decided not to include the entire Star in her photo, but our brains are piqued to tease out the mystery of what lies beyond the frame. Our curious and analytical visual brains work to create meaning from chaos, mystery or tidbits of information. Secondly, the glass itself holds more information in an unclear and puzzling way. Again, looking carefully reveals that the wavy reflection in the stained glass window are houses and cars from across the street.
How does this relate to presenting? Images are powerful components of a presentation. Images engage without filter in the brain. An image like this one stimulates the visual brain to look closely, to solve the puzzle. What is this? What is hidden in the details. By engaging the brains of your audience you create a closer connection with them and build longer-lasting memories of your presentation.
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