The Most Powerful Way to End a Presentation

The Most Powerful Way to End a Presentation

To start, let’s talk about what you shouldn’t do. You shouldn’t end a presentation with a slide that asks “Questions?” Everyone does and there is nothing memorable about this approach.

Ideally, you should take questions throughout the presentation so that the question asked and the answer given is relevant to the content presented. If you choose to take questions at the end of your presentation, end instead with a strong image that relates to your presentation’s content.

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Introducing Pixlr for Mac and PC

 

Introducing Pixlr for Mac and PCpixlr

 

Today, we’re quite happy to announce a brand-new app. Pixlr is now available as a downloadable app for Mac and PC. You can install it today at pixlr.com for Mac and Windows, or download directly from the Mac App Store.

If you’re already a Pixlr Express user, you’ll notice some familiar details in Pixlr for Mac and PC. You’ll also discover new tools like a double exposure option and Influence Masks that can be used to not just correct photos but to do more advanced editing or create photographic art. Pixlr for Mac and PC brings together the best tools we’ve built over time, including popular Stylize filters that turn your photos into sketches and watercolor paintings.

Capabilities depend on whether you are using the free account or a pro, which cost $1.99 USD a month or $14.99 USD a year.

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The Hidden Structure of the Apple Keynote

The Hidden Structure of the Apple Keynote

One of Apple’s most successful products—which rarely gets recognized as such—is made not of aluminum and glass, but of words and pictures. The Apple keynote is the tool the company uses a few times a year to unveil its other products to millions of people.

To understand their hidden structure, Quartz reviewed more than a dozen Apple keynotes, logging and analyzing key elements. Here’s what we found.
I’ve seldom seen a presentation more polished than an Apple event.

Two New Resources for Your Visuals

I have a couple of new resources for those of you looking for high quality imagery for your presentations.

  • Pexels – Pexels is a fantastic resource for searching for free-to-use images.
  • Iconfinder – Iconfinder lets you search through a vast repository of icons. Not all are free, but even the for-pay sets are reasonable.

I’ve also added both sites to my links for visuals, which you can currently find at the bottom of this page.

Change & the Art of Small Victories

Change & the Art of Small Victories

Making a small difference is reason enough to get out of bed every day. We do not always need—or even want—to make such a grand impact. Often we are just lucky to make a small change, perhaps influencing or making a difference in a few people’s lives that day. The speech (or presentation) itself is ephemeral and will soon be forgotten, but if we can make even a tiny influence, we can take satisfaction in that. If your presentation gets people talking—not about you necessarily, but about your idea—then this is at least a small victory.