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Creating a Presentation Video

Sometimes as a presenter, the last thing you want to worry about is when to click to the next slide. Whether it be the distraction of knowing when to click next or the inevitable brain blank that interrupts what comes next, clicking through slides can be difficult. If you are the type of presenter who is easily distracted, we have a solution for you. Trade out the need for a clicker by exporting your presentation as a video! Exporting your presentation as a video does require you to stick to the...
Tags: Presentation Design, Deliver, Design, Develop, Presentation, Presentation Video, Public, Public Speaking, Speaking, Video


How to Edit Videos in Keynote

Including videos in a presentation is a powerful tool to drive home your content and insert a different voice to break up the presentation. While they are a powerful tool, when not inserted correctly, they can become clunky and distracting. That is why every presenter who chooses to insert videos into their presentation must pay careful attention to the software they choose to use. No matter the presentation software, there is always an option to insert videos into your presentation. However, wi...
Tags: Videos, Video, Design, Editing, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Video Editing, Speaking, Presentation Design, Edit


Tell Better Stories: How to Grow Your Platform Through Storytelling

As a presenter, storytelling is the most important tool you have to grow your platform and set your presentation apart from the rest. And if you have followed us for a while, you have heard us talk at length about how to tell great stories within your presentation. But today, we want to unpack 3 instances where you should be deploying great stories and ensuring that your greater audience hears them. Social Media Social media is a great tool to build your platform and excite your audience. Howeve...
Tags: Design, Story, Storytelling, Stories, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science, Presentation Design


Creating Slides That Are Easy to Comprehend

As audience members’ attention spans shrink, so does their ability to comprehend complex slides. In fact, unless an audience member can understand your slides at a glance, chances are you are losing their focus and engagement. We live in a multi-tasking, fast-paced world, which means your audience’s focus is split between you, their cell phone, their email, and probably some other form of distraction. When they are focused on you, it is important to communicate as much content as possible in wha...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Design, Comprehension, Comprehend


What to Do When You Lack Motivation

Do you ever find yourself running at an unsustainable pace? With deadlines, presentations, and meetings stacking up, your life just seems to be spinning. When this happens, burnout and a lack of motivation are inevitably right around the corner. Burnout accounts for much of the loss of productivity in our culture today, which ultimately results in a vicious cycle that is hard to break. When burnout hits and motivations dip, it’s important that you not turn to the television and binge the latest ...
Tags: Motivation, Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Lack Of Motivation, Lack, Speaking, Of, Presentation Science, Presentation Design


Quick Tips: What to Wear on Presentation Day

We often talk about how important it is to look professional on presentation day. Your outward appearance is often equally as important as how you carry yourself, because your audience will make snap judgements based simply on what you are wearing. But if you’re anything like me, selecting and preparing the right outfit can be downright frustrating. With this in mind, we put together a few quick tips to help you look the part on presentation day. Dress according to your brand or objective. Peop...
Tags: Design, Dress, Professional, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Presentation Design, Professional Dress


Finding Your Passion and Sharing It with the World: Part 1

Passion is a word often used to describe leading entrepreneurs, high-level athletes, and fast-paced business leaders. It is the core heartbeat of Wall Street and what drives innovators to continually push the envelope in their discoveries. If you look at the top leaders in the world, my guess is you would use the word passion to describe one of their greatest characteristics. But the question is – if we were to talk to your friends and coworkers, would they use that word to describe you? Passion...
Tags: Design, Development, Passion, Public, Delivery, Public Speaking, Presentation, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Presentation Design, Presentation Delivery


Stay Connected: How to Follow Up After Presentation Day

You have just delivered a knockout presentation. Your audience, excited to take the next step, is lining up to talk with you. You’ve talked to a lot of people and collected a lot of contact information before heading back to your office to crash. The day comes and goes, and you are left wondering what to do with everything you have collected. When it comes to excellent presentations, the work does not stop when you leave the audience. In fact, it is at this point that the hard work starts, becau...
Tags: Design, Follow, Deliver, Public, Up, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science, Presentation Design, Follow Up


Introverts and Extroverts: How to Reach Them Both

In any given audience, half of the room will be introverted while the other half will be extroverted. If you’re not familiar with the difference between and an introvert and an extrovert, think of it this way: Imagine every person has a battery in the middle of their chest. When an introvert spends time in a large group setting or interacting with other people, that battery depletes. Then, if that same person spends time alone, their battery recharges. The opposite is true of an extrovert – if t...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Extrovert, Introvert, Speaking, Presentation Science, Presentation Design


The Surprising Mistake That Keeps Many Speakers From Getting Booked

In 2007, I was an agent at one of the country’s largest speakers’ bureaus, and I had a meeting with an aspiring speaker. During the meeting, he told me: “I believe anyone can benefit from my presentations. And if I just have an audience and a microphone, I can help people. My message is helpful to everyone, just give me the chance and you’ll see.” I smiled and nodded, said something polite, and closed out the meeting as quickly as I could. But I was really thinking: “Hmmm. So YOU are what the wo...
Tags: Design, Speaker, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, New York Times Best, Presentation Hacks, Presentation Design, Presentation Delivery, David Loy, Leverage Creative Group


Presentation Software: What’s Available to You

The presentation software market is nothing short of crowded. Gone are the days when PowerPoint was your only option. Instead, there are now countless options with cloud-based applications, online platforms, and built-in software. With so many options, selecting the right software can seem like an impossible task. Don’t worry. Our team has worked with many of the different options available on the market, and we’re here to help you make an educated decision on which software is best for you. Fir...
Tags: Design, Software, Harvard, Powerpoint, Deliver, Presentation, Develop, Keynote, Prezi, Speaking, Presentation Design


You’re Invited: Ethos3 Store Grand Opening!

At Ethos3, we believe in equipping presenters to deliver with excellence every time. We are more than just a design firm – we’re an all-inclusive presentation agency that will not only create beautiful slides for you but will also coach you through developing impactful content all the way to delivering with excellence. With over 12 years of experience, we have lead the way in developing the latest strategies for content creation, presentation training, and slide deck design. And this month, we a...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Prezi, Speaking, Online Store, Presentation Hacks, Presentation Science, Presentation Design, Ethos3


Tension: A Powerful Tool to Keep Your Audience Connected

Have you ever found yourself yelling at your television as your favorite show went to winter break? Or maybe you have leaned in as a storyteller brought you to the edge of a cliffhanger? Or how about the feeling you get when your friend is telling a big story, and you can’t wait for them to get to the end? In each of these moments, there is one common denominator: tension. Tension is defined as mental or emotional strain. It’s the feeling that grows in your stomach as the big game draws to a clo...
Tags: Design, Mental, Deliver, Tension, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Emotional, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Presentation Design, Strain, Mental Strain


3 Tips for an Effective Digital Presentation

Digital presentations are becoming more and more common in the presentation space. With improvements in technology comes the ability to present anywhere in the world without the cost and time delays of travel. However, in this format of presentation, it is far easier for an audience member to become distracted and disengaged from what you are sharing. That is why you as a presenter must lean in to mastering this presentation format which will ultimately lead to a growth in your message and platf...
Tags: Design, Digital, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Design, Digital Presentation


It’s More Than Chairs: Tips to Effective Audience Seating

As a traveling presenter, I have found myself speaking to audiences of all sizes and in rooms of all formats. I’ll never forget one particular presentation where I was speaking to 1,000 middle school students who were getting ready for an all-night party. Needless to say, sitting still was not something they were interested in doing. To make things worse, the auditorium chairs were set up in such a way that when the camera followed me on stage, the front row could see themselves on the screen. W...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Presentation Design


6 Steps to Presentation Success

We all know that feeling. You have just been asked to present at the next all staff meeting. Excitement about the opportunity quickly turns to fear as you start wondering Where do I even begin? If you’re anything like me, your process may have started by going to Google and typing in “how to create a presentation for dummies.” That may even be how you landed here. With over a decade of experience, the team at Ethos3 has seen it all when it comes to presentations. It is in that experience that we...
Tags: Google, Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science, Presentation Design


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


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


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


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


How to Create an Infographic Using PowerPoint

Did you know that users on Instagram pore through 80 MILLION photos every day? Couple that with the fact that visual content is now 40x more likely to be shared on social media, and all of a sudden, the emphasis on creating engaging visual content becomes critical. But sometimes as a presenter or thought leader, you don’t know where to begin with creating engaging visuals to post. With complicated software and limited time availability, we see many presenters settle for text-based posts rather t...
Tags: Design, Instagram, Visuals, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Design


4 Engaging Charts and When to Use Them

If you’ve spent time around the Ethos3 blog, you know we believe in visuals over bullets and that we have the science to back it up. 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, odds are the audience is disconnecting from the content, which means they’re not retaining the information. Experts have found that compelling visuals can increase information retentio...
Tags: Design, Visuals, Charts, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Design


How to Create Compelling Visual Data

I recently watched a presenter share a compelling pitch about the impact that cognitive bias has on decision making. The data was compelling and the presenter did a great job creating a case for his hypothesis. But as the presentation went on, it became clear that this presenter had made one fatal flaw: poor execution of his visual data. The graphs were confusing and difficult to comprehend on the fly, and the charts left you wondering what the intended purpose was. With visual information garne...
Tags: Design, Data, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Design, Visual Data


Determining the Perfect Rate of Speech

I once experienced a scientific presentation that was delivered in what felt like light speed. I tried my hardest to follow along, but no matter how hard I tried, with each passing minute, I found myself more and more lost. Eventually the presentation ended, and to this day, I could not tell you what was discussed. What I experienced that day was a poor choice in rate of speech. Scientists have proven that humans can understand speech at a rate of 400 words per minute, but does that mean we can ...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science, Presentation Design, Rate of speech


Practice Makes Perfect: 3 Steps to Practicing Your Presentation

Everyone knows the age-old mantra that “practice makes perfect,” but given my experience as a high school tennis coach, I believe this statement is not always the most accurate. Instead, I think a more realistic statement is “practice makes permanent.” You can practice over and over again, but if you are not practicing the right way, you can end up emphasizing bad habits and creating difficult patterns to break. Practicing using the wrong form can be even more detrimental than not practicing at ...
Tags: Design, Practice, Deliver, Malcolm Gladwell, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Presentation Design, Presentation Practice