Picture Perfect Presentations

If you’ve read any recent book on improving your presentations, you’re probably already thinking that you need to get more photographs into your slides. Photos can add to your presentation’s message, connecting directly with your audience without having to wade through yet another slide of bullet points.

It’s compelling, and yet for so many presentation authors, a scary proposition.  Make no mistake, just inserting photographs in your slides is not a sure-fire cure for your presentation blues. And whether you’re creating or buying, eventually using photos as slide content is an art.

However, it’s not an art out of reach.

This episode we invite professional photographer and computer graphics expert Mark Jaremko to the mics for a roundtable conversation about the pitfalls of using photographs in presentations, and advice about how you can avoid them.  And as a bonus, we’re joined by Howard Cooperstein, another talented graphics professional and good friend who you may recall from our first episode!


Clockwise from left:
Ric Bretschneider and Howard Cooperstein at the mics, and Mark Jaremko enjoying our pre-podcast dinner.

Photo of Mark Jaremko by Ric Bretschneider.
(Which is why it’s not as good as the other photos which are by Mark Jaremko.)

It’s great to sit down at the mics with a couple of friends, and we had a terrific time putting together one of the best roundtable recordings yet.

Hope you enjoy this episode.  -Ric

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Links mentioned:

 Mark Jaremko Photographic
 MSN Mobile
 Photoshop Disasters
 Presentation Zen
 iStock Photo
 Photo Spin
 Vanity Fair

And for those who’ve been paying attention, the outtakes for this episode start at 56:30. 

Picture Perfect

Photographs lend much to any presentation. Watch the room relax as the presenter moves from their fifth bulleted list in a row to a full screen photographic metaphor. Most any presentation expert will comment on how people learn and respond more positively to illustrations, especially photographs.

Great, so you’re convinced.  You’ve decided to jump into using photographs as a substantial part of your presentation content.  So how do you avoid creating a presentation reminiscent of the neighbor who tortured your parents with those carousel rings full of vacation slides from Indiana? (No offense intended to our Hoosier friends.)

Well, next episode we invite professional photographer and computer graphics expert Mark Jaremko to the mics for a roundtable conversation about the pitfalls of using photographs in presentations, and advice about how you can avoid them.  We’ll be joined by… well, that’s a surprise.  This episode features the return engagement by a Presentations Roundtable favorite contributor. 

Join us in a few days for this Picture Perfect Podcast.

Mark Jaremko shooting off Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay
Photograph by Ric Bretschneider

World Wide Makeover… or Why You, Too, Should Kiss Your Frog!

This episode is the promised published version of the “live show” we did earlier this month with Geetesh Bajaj and Echo Swinford, authors of The Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 Complete Makeover Kit.

Yes, that makes two shows in a row about new books, and I really don’t intend for the podcast to focus on book reviews.  I think we’ll be looking at a change of pace for the next episode.

More on that in a few days…


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Links from this episode:

Echo’s Voice
Que Publishing
Julie Terberg, Terberg Design
Safari Books Online


Call in Tonight – Live Presentations Roundtable Broadcast

  Tonight, Monday March 10th, is the big experiment. 

We’ll be hosting an interview with Echo Swinford and Geetesh Bajaj about their book Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 Complete Makeover Kit over the Talk Shoe network.

Talk Shoe is a free conferencing system, and we invite you to call in and contribute with your comments and questions. Besides being accomplished authors, Geetesh and Echo are presentation specialists, Microsoft MVPs who specialize in solving user problems.

So join us.  The Talk Shoe address for the show is http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/14426

You can download the Talk Shoe client software and join via your computer, or simply call in from your land-line or cell phone.  See the links above for more information.

This is a real late-night talk show, starting at 8:30PM Pacific, 11:30 Eastern, and 9AM in Mumbai (that’s Tuesday March 11th in India!)  Why are we pointing out the time in India?  More on that during the show!

Hope to see you there.

Who Writes “Advanced” Books?

In our first podcast, Design and Dead Trees, we hosted a lively discussion that included viewpoints on the role of print books in the world of electronic document creation.

Well, in the next two episodes we will examine two unique new books that hope to help you be better presentation creators in two very different ways.

Today we sit down with Wayne Kao and Jeff Huang, authors of the new Que books publication Advanced Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 join us at the roundtable to discuss the origins of their book, and why they’re uniquely qualified to write an Advanced book on presenting with PowerPoint. 

Photo: Wayne Kao (left) and Jeff Huang (right)


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 Links from this episode:

Que Books
Wayne Kao’s PowerPoint Blog
Mr. Excel
Kathy Jacobs
Microsoft PowerPoint 2007

What Makes You Advanced?

  What makes an advanced user?  We think it mostly has to do with confidence and training, a thoughtful approach to the subject. 

What makes an “advanced” book?  Hopefully much of the same.

This week we’ll be posting our conversation with Wayne Kao and Jeff Huang, authors of the new book Advanced PowerPoint 2007.  We had hoped to post tonight, but unfortunately that’s been delayed by a day or so.

But Jeff and Wayne are worth waiting for.  They’re uniquely qualified among PowerPoint book authors to write an “advanced” book, and you’ll learn why in this entertaining conversation.

Also, watch this week for details on our first LIVE call-in show.  It’s truly a global event, and we’re looking forward to hearing you participate!  Sorry to tease, but we’re still finalizing details – we’ll get them out to you as soon as we know!

And finally, why am I using the “Royal We” style all of a sudden? 


And the winner is…

Title seemed somewhat fitting on Oscar night.

Thanks for all the entries in the contest.  The winner by drawing is Dan Mandle

Dan I’ll contacting you for your address so I can send you your copy of Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds.

And keep watching as I love running contests. I’m sure there will be another one along soon, for another fabulous and useful prize.


Reminder… Presentation Zen Contest Deadline this Saturday!

       Just a quick reminder that the contest for a free copy of Garr Reynolds’ book Presentation Zen ends on Saturday. 

To put a fine point on it, we’ll call the deadline Midnight, Pacific Standard time.  I’ll announce the winner in a post next week.

Remember, to enter all you have to do is add a comment to an existing blog entry: click the title of the entry, then scroll down to the comments section.   

Good luck!

Three Keynotes: PowerPoint Live 2007

Who are those people who speak first at confernces?  Those keynote speakers?  And why do they go first?

Could it be they know what they’re doing when it comes to crafting a message and talking to an audience?

Jim Endicott, Nancy Duarte, Julie Terberg and host Ric Bretschneider discuss the process and construction of superior presentations in the last of a series of podcasts recorded at PowerPoint Live in October 2007. You may have missed this fifth conference on presenting and presentation design, but you can at least listen in on the keynote speakers and learn a little bit about what sets their presentations apart from the norm.

Pictured above (inserts, from left): Nancy Duarte, Jim Endicott, and Julie Terberg.

This is the third of three podcasts recorded in October 2007 at PowerPoint Live.  The first is here. The second is here.

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Links from this episode:

Jim Endicot, Distinction Services
Nancy Duarte, Duarte Design
Julie Terberg, Terberg Design
PowerPoint Live

Soon… New Orleans Part Three…

Yes, it’s been delayed long enough. The final segment of the New Orleans trilogy will be posted shortly.  Just have to paste things together and post.  I’m currently lining up a new series of speakers that I’m particularly excited about… but more about that later.  Right now, a little peek into the final segment…

From left to right: Nancy Duarte, Julie Terberg, Ric Bretschneider and Jim Endicott.