Since we have been speaking this week about creating a “body of work,” I wanted to share with you three superstar student visual resume examples. The projects below were the culmination of about two weeks worth of work.
Alejandro Cabrera focuses on story right off the bat, and I enjoyed his hook leading into his “roots.” Alejandro is good at applying the picture superiority effect and, of course, he is great at storytelling.
Bree Martino’s combines strong, detailed content and beautiful design in her Visual Resume. Bree is a passionate, hard worker dedicated to live music.
Lance Smith has an eye for blending text, color, and images. One of his fellow classmates remarked that this deck of slides was the best slideshow he had ever seen in his entire life.
I have about 30 total students this term, and I wish I could share everyone’s visual resumes with you! If you have time to peek at a few more for inspiration on how to design and to communicate your body of work to others, check out 3 more great slideshows designed by Yennylind Ortega Sardi, Andres Urquijo, and Catherine Rodriguez. Yes, I am lucky to work with such amazing, talented college students!
Which student visual resume do you like the most? Have you seen any other awesome visual resumes on Slideshare lately?
Gavin McMahon of Make A Powerful Point is one of my favorite bloggers and Slideshare connections. His most recent deck of slides makes an argument for visual literacy. Check it out below:
Do you think visual literacy will become increasingly important in 2014 and beyond? How do you think slideshow presentations will continue to change and develop in the 21st century?
After joining Slideshare, I became acquainted with a talented presentation designer from Budapest, Hungary named Orsolya Nemes. Through Tweets and emails, I came to know Orsolya on a more personal level, and I can attest to her professionalism, kindness, and passion for presentation design. In her latest “Top Presentation of the Day” Slideshare deck, Orsolya gives us tips to reduce our presentation anxiety:
See more of Orsolya’s work here.
What tips would you give for reducing presentation anxiety?
My blog post on public speaking tips we can learn from Kevin Hart was one of my favorite studies in presentation. While good advice and inspiration can come from anywhere, comedians – great comedians anyway – know how to balance engaging content; physical and verbal delivery; and props/visual aids to resonate with any audience. Re-read “Presentation Lessons from Kevin Hart” from February 2012 here.
In the vein of my Kevin Hart post, Digital Strategist and Entrepreneur Ross Simmonds gives us “Four Public Speaking Tips From Standup Comedians” on Slideshare. Check it out below:
We can really learn a lot from Simmonds’ presentation including the importance of story; learning from people you admire; working the room before hitting the stage; and developing “hustle” (Source).
What public speaking tips have you learned from watching stand-up comedians?
When we make our resolutions and our promises for 2014, in the back of our minds, some of us ask ourselves, “But what if I fail?”
When we consider public speaking and presentation, failure is often the ONLY thing we think about.
Slideshare superstar JesseDee released a new deck today which answers that very question:
I love this Seth Godin quote, and I love JesseDee’s simply designed slides applying the picture superiority effect to support the quote. One of my students asked me last week what Seth Godin book to read next. I am a huge fan of Godin, and my favorite book of his is called Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? I highly recommend it for the new year.
What happens if you fail at one of your 2014 resolutions? What do you do when you have a speech or presentation fail?
Nadine of We Are Visual created yet another gorgeous Slideshare presentation on why our presentations fail. Her three reasons for this include failing to inspire, not adapting your message for your audience, and giving too much information without enough insight. She also gives a variety of examples and tips for improving your presentations. Check it out here:
Nadine focuses on three reasons why our presentations fail. Can you think of any others?
Nadine Hanafi of We Are Visual Presentation Design and Training created a beautiful “Top Presentation of the Day” on Slideshare called “How To Harness The Power of the Pause.” Hanafi says, “The most telling sign of an amateur speaker is their inability to pace themselves and speak slowly. If you can learn to get comfortable with silence and pauses, the quality of your delivery will improve instantly. Here are 5 ways to help you use the silent pause effectively” (Source).
Check out Nadine’s fantastic deck below:
How do you use the pause in your presentations?
A few months ago, I was fortunate enough to teach four amazing students: Debbie, Reva, Rico, and Soffia. Because we had such a small class, we were really able to focus on developing our individual presentation and communication skills… This resulted in output that was out of this world! All 4 of my students earned an “A” (100% of the class made an A?!!). These students worked hard on growing their content, delivery, and design abilities.
The biggest and perhaps most daunting task that month was to create an Ignite presentation. Recently, Soffia turned her Ignite slides into a beautiful deck on Slideshare, and today, those slides were featured as a “Top Presentation of the Day!”
Check out “Why You Need To Travel” below:
Soffia is certainly a someone to watch and to follow on Slideshare! Check out her Slideshare page here, and be sure to “Follow” her and to “Like” her work.
What is your favorite thing about Soffia’s “Why You Need To Travel” presentation?
State of the Art Presentations, also known as S.O.A.P. Presentations, released a two-part Slideshare presentation called “How to Present Like A Pro.” Both parts of the deck are filled with important information and are beautifully designed. Check them out below:
I like the in-depth focus on content, design, and delivery. Learn more about S.O.A.P. Presentations by visiting their website here.
What great things have you seen on Slideshare lately?