We discussed the importance of nonverbal communication in a presentation two weeks ago in “First Impressions: Nonverbal Communication Tips.” What happens when your commonly used American hand gesture offends your multicultural audience? Audience analysis and nonverbal communication are hugely important, and the folks at Daily Infographic explain why in “Hand Jive,” below.
Don’t be a Comic Sans Criminal! Instead of using a boring font in your slideshow that everyone has seen a million times, try a font that is more visual and matches the theme of your presentation.
DaFont.com is my favorite font website. Please watch my brief Jing tutorial on how to find a font you want, how to save it onto your computer, and how to put that font into your Keynote presentation.
Now that you know about DaFont.com, please take the Comic Sans Pledge today! A great rule of thumb for beginning presentation designers: if your audience knows the name of your font, it’s not necessarily a good thing. Fonts to avoid are Times New Roman, Arial, Helvetica, Gill Sans (Keynote’s standard font), and Comic Sans unless they are appropriate for your presentation. Put thought into your font, and always think like a designer.
PowerPoint users: email me! I can talk you through the steps.
With our examination of Simon Sinek’s philosophy of The Golden Circle and left-siders yesterday, I thought it was time to introduce his 2011 book: Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. Though I haven’t read Start with Why yet, I know it will be a wonderful text based upon Sinek’s TED Talk and the articles on his beautifully-designed website, Start with Why.
What do you think about Sinek’s ideas? Have you read Start with Why?