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3 Keys to Excellent Presentation Etiquette

I was 21 years old when I landed my very first paid presentation opportunity. I was asked to speak in front of a small audience of middle school and high school students about the importance of understanding who they are. I was so excited for the opportunity and spent weeks preparing. The day came for the event and I could not wait to get on stage. However, what I didn’t know, was how little I knew about the professionalism and etiquette that was expected when you are asked to present. At Ethos3...
Tags: Design, Etiquette, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Northwestern University, Presentation Science


6 Steps to a Cohesive Presentation

We recently worked with a client who was preparing for an upcoming company-wide meeting. They had decided that this night would focus on inspiration rather than just information. Their goal was to have roughly 30 different presenters share on different passion areas of their brand as well as tell stories to inspire the audience. However, in order to pull this off effectively, they had one major obstacle to overcome: Cohesiveness. As you add different presentations together to build one larger pr...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science, Cohesive


What to do When You’re Asked to Present on the Fly

I will never forget walking in to a room full of 200 of my colleagues and being asked to give a 10-minute presentation on the fly. That’s right – with no preparation or forethought, my supervisor asked that I share about a new idea that my team was implementing. My stomach dropped and anxiety quickly began to rise as I frantically tried to come up with something to say. The meeting seemed to move at a rapid pace as my time to present quickly approached. They called my name, and it felt as though...
Tags: Design, On The Fly, Deliver, Last Minute, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science


The Importance of Inspiration and How to Draw it Out of Your Audience

Inspiration is a key component of every presentation. If your audience does not feel inspired by what you are sharing, the likely outcome is less excitement which, in turn, means less long-term engagement with you, your idea, or your product. But the question is how? How do you inspire your audience to action and keep them coming back for more? At Ethos3, we believe the answer lies in the ability of a presenter to connect the head with the heart of their audience. In his book The Sacred Enneagra...
Tags: Design, Inspiration, Inspire, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science, Chris Heuertz


Wonder: The Key to Unlocking Your Best Ideas

As a storyteller, your job is to bring great ideas to life to show your audience that there is something beautiful behind the curtain that they can’t see. However, in our busy schedules and hectic lifestyles, it’s difficult to find the space needed to do just that. With the start of a new year comes more goals to hit and emails to send. But what if this year, rather than racing to the next event, you chose to slow down and take time to wonder? Wonder is defined as a feeling of surprise mingled w...
Tags: Design, Tim Burton, Deliver, Delivery, Wonderland, Presentation, Develop, Alice, Speaking, Wonder, Presentation Hacks, Presentation Design, Creative Presentations


3 Techniques to Get Your Audience Involved in Your Next Presentation

In a recent presentation, I found myself speaking from a stage that was 15 feet away from the closest audience member. Due to this unfortunate layout of the auditorium, my audience felt literally and figuratively disconnected to everything I was sharing. As the presentation started, I became very aware that I had to break down this stage-to-audience barrier and reconnect with my audience on both a personal and professional level. In that moment, I made a decision: it was time for some audience p...
Tags: Design, Development, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Audience, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Presentation Design, Involvement, Presentation Development, Audience Involvement, Presentation Deliver


Surprising PowerPoint Features That Will Elevate Your Presentation Design

Designing a visually engaging presentation can seem overwhelming and time consuming if you’re not technologically inclined. For many presenters, the task can become so daunting that they would rather settle for a boring deck that’s less appealing and hope that their presentation skills make up for it. However, studies show that a visually appealing slide deck increases information retention by 42%. That means that taking the time to create an engaging design is not only important, but it’s actua...
Tags: Design, Powerpoint, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Design


Create Clarity Across Communicators Using These 3 Tools

In recent blogs, we’ve discussed the importance of clarity, because at Ethos3, we know that clarity is the cornerstone of great communication. If you’re not communicating clearly, your audience will not understand clearly, and your message will quickly turn into a muddied story of confusion. While gaining clarity in your personal presentations is crucial, what happens when your message is being delivered by someone else is just as – and maybe even more – important. Our team designs many presenta...
Tags: Design, Communication, Collaboration, Deliver, Clarity, Delivery, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Presentation Design, Presentation Delivery


Communication Skills That Will Earn You the Title of Leader

Communication is a skill that everyone is born with but only some learn to master. In a world that is constantly distracted and on the go, it seems to be getting harder and harder to communicate clearly. However, studies show that the ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing, is in many cases the most important factor leaders look for when promoting employees. Whether you are just starting out at a company or have been in your role for a long time, learning to communicate in ...
Tags: Design, Leadership, Communication, Development, Deliver, Leader, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Presentation Design, Presentation Development


Creating a Culture of Creativity: Why It’s Important and Where to Start

A healthy culture is a vital piece of any functioning organization. Culture is what keeps employees engaged and companies moving towards their goals, and in a climate where just 32% of employees would say they are “engaged at work,” it is more important than ever to create a healthy culture. At Ethos3, we come across companies of all shapes and sizes and have worked across the spectrum when it comes to company culture. But there is one unique trait we have seen in the most successful companies: ...
Tags: Design, Creative, Creativity, Culture, Deliver, Public, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science, Creative Culture


How to Tell a Great Story in Five Simple Steps

A good story can increase an audience’s memory retention by 65%. That is not a small number when it comes to the effectiveness of your presentation. However, many of us fall into the trap of underdeveloped stories. The key to great stories is understanding an age-old formula to storytelling and using this formula to create your own. If you want to experience that 65% jump in memory retention, start by understanding the Arc of the Story. Check out these 5 steps to telling a great story. Inciting ...
Tags: Design, Storytelling, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science


Leveraging Clarity to Inspire Your Audience

One of my favorite presenters once said, “Words change worlds.” This phrase drives home the power of our words and the way they affect our daily lives. But in today’s political climate, I think this quote becomes especially poignant for anyone who finds themselves presenting. Whether you are presenting keynote addresses in front of thousands of people or sharing your passion with a room full of friends, your words have the ability to change the world we live in. As a presenter, you must learn to...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Donald Miller, Presentation Hacks


Leverage Clarity to Inspire Your Audience

One of my favorite presenters once said, “Words change worlds.” This phrase drives home the power of our words and the way they affect our daily lives. But in today’s political climate, I think this quote becomes especially poignant for anyone who finds themselves presenting. Whether you are presenting keynote addresses in front of thousands of people or sharing your passion with a room full of friends, your words have the ability to change the world we live in. As a presenter, you must learn to...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Donald Miller, Presentation Hacks


A Simple Exercise can Make 2019 the Best Year Yet

As the holidays wind down, leaders across the world are heading back to the office with wide eyes and excitement for what 2019 will hold. Armed with resolutions and goals, these leaders walk into their offices ready to tackle the world head on. However, something happens when they walk in the building – the stress of old deadlines, unfinished projects, and missed quotas is waiting. Before they know it, those new goals begin to fade and the wheels of the old start turning again. If you’ve ever fe...
Tags: Design, Leadership, Goals, Uncategorized, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Stanford University Graduate School of Business


When to Present Without a Slide Deck

We live in a world that is inundated with technology. Everything from our phones to our watches are competing for our attention. That is why more often than not presenters come, armed with a slide deck full of bullet points and moving text in a last-ditch effort to maintain our attention. But today we would like to propose a new paradigm. Not one that should be used for every presentation, rather one that can be implemented on occasion to unplug from the technological world. What if every so oft...
Tags: Design, Powerpoint, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Design


Create a Memorable Presentation in 3 Easy Steps

If you have ever experienced a memorable presentation, you know what it is like to have a presenter inspire you to a point of action. Whether it is a sales pitch that leads you to the purchase of that new car or a nonprofit presentation that pushes you to make a trip overseas, there are a few unique qualities that every memorable presentation contains. And as presenters we must learn to harness these 3 steps in order to take our presentations to the next level, because, let’s face it, there are ...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Boston Consulting Group, Memorable, Presentation Hacks, Memorable Presentation


Setting Goals: Why It’s Important to Do It Now

I still remember the day I decided I wanted to make a living out of public speaking. It was a dream that, at the time, I thought could never be achieved. As a young, 18-year-old college freshman, I had no idea where I needed to go – let alone where to begin. So I did what every good millennial does and conferred with the all-knowing Google where I found tons of resources to help me navigate the industry. The most useful of all those resources was an article I read about the importance of setting...
Tags: Google, Design, Goal, Goal Setting, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Jon Acuff, Presentation Science, Setting


Creating New Develop Preset Folders in Classic

Happy holidays everyone! One of the most asked questions of 2018 had to be those related to creating new Develop preset folders. It is not really surprising considering that Adobe removed the ability to create preset folders from all the places it used to exist. So, it’s not that you’re crazy, it’s that in the move to the new way of using .XMP presets they fundamentally changed how they are organized and managed. Unfortunately, the only method I know that works from within Classic is as follows ...
Tags: Photography, Featured, Best, Group, Develop, Presets, New Group, Lightroom Classic


Social Media: The New Presentation Space

With the rise of social media and constant access to HD cameras in everyone’s pockets, sharing your thoughts and ideas has never been easier. With a simple email and password, you quickly gain access to the minds of people you would otherwise never cross paths with. Whether you are selling your brand or looking to get your ideas and thoughts out into the world, social media is a great platform to bring your presentations to the masses. Don’t get us wrong – becoming a rockstar at social media tak...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Design, Instagram, Social Media, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Facebook Facebook, Presentation Hacks, YouTube Couple


Things You Can Mark as Favorites in Lightroom Classic

Like whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles, and warm woolen mittens, it turns out there are a number of things you can mark as a “favorite” inside of Lightroom Classic. The core logic around why you would mark something as a favorite is that it is something you use often and want to have faster access to it again in the future. Favorite Folders If you’ve got a folder or two that you’d like ready access to from anywhere in Lightroom, consider marking them as a favorite. This process was ma...
Tags: Favorites, Photography, Featured, Library, Develop, Matthew, Lightroom, Quick Develop, Lightroom Classic


The Psychology of Design and How to Leverage It

We’ve all drooled through a data-heavy presentation where our eyes began to tire and the facts and figures all begin to run together. While these decks are full of great information, the odds are the audience is not only disconnecting from the content, but they’re likely not retaining the information either. Experts have found that compelling visuals can increase information retention by nearly 42%! That’s why creating visually engaging data slides is a powerful tool to increase retention and im...
Tags: Psychology, Design, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Design, Gestalt Psychology, Gestalt Psychology Gestalt Psychology


Increase Information Retention Through Recap

Information retention is key to any successful presentation, but with our fast-paced culture, your audience has probably moved on to their next thought within minutes of your presentation. One way to ensure your information is both heard and retained is through the use of recapping. Recapping your information will continually reinforce the key ideas you’re sharing and lock in that information for your audience to recall later. At Ethos3, we believe in the power of the recap and have found 3 ways...
Tags: Design, Information, Deliver, Recap, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Retention, Presentation Design, Information Retention, Increase Information Retention Through Recap


3 Keys to Overcoming Presentation Anxiety

Thousands of presentations later and I still get that pit in my stomach every time I step on stage to present. Though I wish I could say after a while it just goes away the reality is that presentation anxiety is an emotion most great presenters experience. I would argue it is completely normal for someone to experience anxiety before stepping in front of a group of people. We are after all humans and the opinion of our peers matters deeply to us. The difference though between an average present...
Tags: Design, Anxiety, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science


The Fatal Flaw to a Successful Roll Out: Rushing

I remember the first time I rolled out a new deck to a team of young professionals. I arrived at the boardroom armed with a clean and classy new presentation that I believed would help take our team’s sales to the next level. I was confident that my team would love the new deck as much as I did. As I began to unveil the new deck, I could see in their faces that they were unenthusiastic about what I was sharing. The look in their eyes said they had no desire to learn a new pitch; after all, for s...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Feedback, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Roll Out, Rushing


The Role of Feedback and How to Manage It

“You can leave a comment in the box by the bathroom if you’d like.” That was the response I received after a particularly poor experience with a potential vendor. As I slid the feedback into the ambiguous box, it felt a bit like it was disappearing into the abyss. Will they ever read it? Do they really care? Why did I waste my time? I still don’t know if my input, which I considered valuable, was ever heard or addressed. Feedback is a vital part of any new roll-out process and should be present ...
Tags: Google, Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science


6 Keys to Engaging Your Audience

As a presenter, it’s your job not only to share your ideas but to compel your audience to action. Once you understand yourself, you must focus on understanding your audience and what they need to leave them feeling empowered and ready to take action. The key to engaging your audience and moving them to action is your ability to build and maintain trust. In fact, studies show that 79% of buyers say it is vital that they purchase from a trusted advisor rather than an unknown sales rep. Increasing ...
Tags: Design, Harvard, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Engaging


Free and Easy Tools for Creating an Impactful Visual

Creating visually compelling data may seem like a daunting task, but thanks to modern technology, there are tons of free tools to help you create custom graphs and infographics. All it takes is a little time online to find the right tools for your need. Before you set out on your search for the right tool, be sure that you have collected all your data and selected the best layout to deliver your data visually. By preparing ahead of time, you will be able to compare your data and needs against ea...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Canva, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Don, Canva Canva, Piktochart, Presentation Design


Understanding Your Presentation Persona

Understanding who you are as a presenter is arguably the most important step in developing your presentation skills. Self-awareness allows you to create a presentation that is customized to your specific strengths and weaknesses as a presenter. We at Ethos3 have created a proprietary presentation persona assessment called Badge – think of it as the Meyers-Briggs for presenters. Badge is based on a 4-quadrant system that allows you to identify not only your strengths and weaknesses as a presenter...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Martin Luther King Jr, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science, Meyers Briggs


The Important Role of Buy In

According to a 2017 Gallup poll, 70% of employees are disengaged at work. As disengagement arises productivity falls and your bottom line will begin to slip. As a leader it is your job to create buy in from your team that will keep them engaged not just in their role but in you. Buy in from your team means that they will stand behind you and as their leader and will fight to stay engaged. If your team is bought in they are far more likely to engage with any project you give them which will lead ...
Tags: Google, Design, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Gallup, Presentation Fun Facts, Buy in


5 Tips to Create a Mobile Friendly Presentation

We live in a mobile-based culture. With $1,000 computers in our pockets, the average audience member expects that your presentation is not only available on their mobile device but also optimized for their mobile device. As a presenter, you’re probably focused on creating an engaging slide deck, but you may not be thinking about how it will look on a mobile device for your audience members on the go. That’s why we’ve put together 5 tips to optimize your slide deck for not just a big screen, but ...
Tags: Mobile, Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Mobile Device, Develop, Speaking, Mobile Friendly, Presentation Hacks, Optimized