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Rich content


I usually use my own images for slides. This may sound rather egocentric at first sight, and it probably is, but I find that using my own material has several advantages.

  1. There are no more copyright issues.
  2. It saves me a lot of time. There is no one ??perfect picture?? and yet it is easy to spend hours searching for it. With a limited choice, finding becomes much easier.
  3. There are no more same-party-dress situations. My dress may be plain, but it is also unique.
  4. It creates a more personal atmosphere. And teaching public speaking is something very personal.
  5. But most importantly, with my own material I always carry a special something with my, a personal emotional anchor. It acts like an extra memory: It helps me say exactly what I want to say and sound like I mean it. You need to picture what you want to say to sound convincing.

I sometimes use this cake slide to talk about what a large country presentation land is. From voice to color, from rhetorics to learning psychology, you choose.

I can only offer you so much in the course of one semester, I say. You decide what you want to learn, you decide what you pick. It can be overwhelming, to have so much to choose from. But you can take one step at a time. It is no picknick. But you are not alone in this.

In that respect, the slide is pretty straight forward. It is all about choice and the ingredients of a good talk. Rich content.

Behind the image is a different story, the one only I need to know. I may never choose to share it in class, but there it is, right by my side and it is my own personal time machine. Stepping back, even if just for a second, to that day in the park when I could not share in the banana & chocolate cake, because my diabetes 1 was too difficult to handle that day, helps me to remember what it is like when something as simple as a piece of cake is simply not a piece of cake. But it was a good day, and I mastered it, and I was not alone.

And so my slide helps me to remember what it must be like for my class, and I have stopped saying: This is really easy.

Because nothing is, unless you???ve tried it.

Revisiting (SEE #5)


Still basking in the afterglow of the input and the discussions  at the SEE #5. Going there was so much the right thing to do.

Using a quiet Wednesday morning to revisit and redo my old presentation site that seriously needed a bit of a facelift.  And some spark of life. I was never happy with ready-made templates and blog software, and this was never more than a business card anyway, but right now I want something quick and dirty and bring this back to life. That’s what good real life meetings do to you: you appreciate everything web even more so.

In the meantime, my favorite quotes (as close as I recall them) :

  • The world is a reef. Dieter Brell from 3deluxe.
  • I studied to become a scientist. That never happened and I became a dancer instead. Chunkymoves.
  • A visualization is a persuasion in itself. We like looking at it. But when you ask people what they have taken away from it, they do not know. Andrew Vande Moere from infosthetics.
  • Understanding the numbers we live by is empowerment. Anke Tröder.

Slip sliding away


This was one of the SEE #5 few slides that actually had more than a few words on it (well, apart from the one talk that was completely illegible when it came to both verbal and visual content; but that one is a story in itself). After hundreds of images and impressions, it was quite refreshing to have this short, crisp and clean summary.

Easy to see, easy to read, easy to understand even though the majority of the audience was German. The parallel sentence structure and short verbs helped just as much as the generous white space and the formatting. And not a bullet point in sight.

Lists. They are loyal work horses. Just don’t try to win a race right from the start with one. This slide came when we needed it, into minute fourteen, when Andrew was talking about the main points of Morgan Kaufmann’s Persuasive Technology.

After that, many images and examples of his students’ work, including a dress that shows how nervous its wearer is.

Stage fright is only a topic when you let itself make it one, I always say. Some tells are just louder than others. I like the idea of a tell-tale dress and I am sure it will slip-slide its way into my classes soon.