Monday, July 30, 2012

Build-A-Slide with Me at the Presentation Summit

That's right, folks!

October 7th-10th in Scottsdale, Arizona, I'll be giving a Build-a-Slide Workshop at The Presentation Summit. We will take your biggest slide challenges and work on them together in real time to create better slides, better graphics and better presentations.

Need more reasons to attend? Maybe you're wondering (like this lovely lady at the right) just how The Presentation Summit can help you. Whether you're in proposals, marketing, training, graphic design, sales, or just love creating presentations, The Presentation Summit will have what you need. I guarantee you will learn something new! Here are the top reasons, I love The Presentation Summit:
  1. Not only are industry experts speaking at the conference, but they are attendees as well. You may find yourself having a drink with Rick Altman (the conference host himself and writer and presentation guru), lunch with Connie Malamed, dinner with Dave Paradi, or a late night snack with the developers at Microsoft. Not to mention me and a host of others attending the conference all who would love to talk to you about presentations and offer any advice. What other conference gives you this kind of personal access to presenters in a laid-back, fun environment?
    The Makeover Maven
    from Rick Altman on Vimeo.
  2. It's not just about the slides. Although I and several others will be teaching about graphics and building better slides, that's not the only ingredient to creating memorable presentations. You'll learn techniques to take amazing photographs, speak like a pro, and tell a story your audience will remember. Through keynotes and workshops, you'll learn expert presenter secrets. The Presentation Summit shines a light on the four pillars of presentation success: message, design, technique, delivery. Beyond the Software from Rick Altman on Vimeo.
  3. Ask a Microsoft guru. Microsoft MVPs will be on hand to personally answer any questions regarding PowerPoint including special tools and any other features about which you want to understand. The Help Center from Rick Altman on Vimeo.
  4. Fun and learning. The Presentation Summit has the atmosphere of a retreat, yet the experts and accomplished speakers only found at large conferences. With after-hour PowerPoint games, cocktail receptions, group outings, and a beautiful setting in Scottsdale, The Presentation Summit offers something for all levels of presenters. True Audience Engagement from Rick Altman on Vimeo.
  5. Discount for our BDG readers!!! Rick Altman is offering $75 off registration throughout the month of August. Just enter GMG75 in the Comments Box of the registration page.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Updated Graphic Cheat Sheet

Two years ago, we created a Graphic Cheat Sheet to help our readers find the right graphic to communicate their ideas. We didn't realize how popular it would become and how our audience would grab up Graphic Cheat Sheet posters at conferences and workshops. We've since revamped the layout and added new icons. You can download a FREE pdf of the sheet here:
Get My Graphic Cheat Sheet
The Graphic Cheat Sheet offers you suggestions for graphic types that best convey various concepts in simple, complex, and quantitative ways. For example, if you want to show Synergy, scroll down the far left column to the row labeled Synergy. Under the Simple column (for information not too intricate), you will see suggestions like a building block graphic, chain graphic, or pyramid graphic. For more robust concepts of Synergy, you can look under the Complex column and find suggestions like a funnel graphic, vee diagram, collage, or a stacked graphic. For numeric concepts of Synergy, look under the Quantitative column to find a pie chart and dashboard graphic. Whenever you're stuck with how to visually communicate your ideas, break out this cheat sheet! I created the sheet to give you new ideas for graphics and force you to consider different ways to show your information. Maybe for Hierarchy, you always used a pyramid graphic. However, in reviewing the sheet, you notice that a stair graphic or a temple graphic might work better and offer another way to visually communicate your information and keep your presentations and marketing materials fresh. Hope this sheet helps you find better and more creative ways to communicate your ideas. As always, you can email me at with any suggestions for articles or other helpful resources or graphic questions.

Want to learn more about choosing the right graphics and how to improve your presentations? Check out The Presentation Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona, October 7th-10th. I'll be giving a workshop as well as exhibiting our new Get My Graphic site. There will be amazing experts on presenting like Rick Altman, Julie Terberg, Connie Malamed, Dave Paradi, Geetesh Bajaj, Carmen Taran, and many more. We'll also be giving out printed copies of our Graphic Cheat Sheet during our session and at our booth at The Presentation Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona, October 7th-10th, so stop by our booth and workshop to say "hi!"