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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


Win Over Your Audience in the First 2 Minutes

As a presenter, you will never have another chance to make that first impression. Your audience will decide in the first 2 minutes whether they are going to take you seriously or not. That’s why it’s vital that you focus your attention on winning over your audience in those crucial first 2 minutes. While the remaining content of your presentation is important, if your audience is not paying attention, none of it really matters. At Ethos3, we believe in preparing every presenter to deliver with e...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science, Presentation Design, Presentation Delivery, Presentation Development


Communicate Better: Grow Your Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence was first coined in 1985, but it wasn’t until 1995 that the concept was popularized after the publishing of psychologist Daniel Goleman’s book, Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ. Despite being a relatively new term, emotional intelligence is a topic that is become more and more popular in both the psychology community as well as the business community. In fact, many business leaders would argue that emotional intelligence is one of the most sought afte...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Daniel Goleman, Presentation Science, Presentation Design, Presentation Delivery, Presentation Development


The Power of a Minimalist Presentation Deck

Every time Apple releases new software or hardware, the presentations look the same. A black screen with a few images highlighting the new exciting features they’re bringing to market. As a brand, they have chosen to embrace a minimalist presentation style to highlight their presenters and the technology rather than showcasing the slide deck itself. While minimalist presentations are not for every presenter or every audience, there is power in the simplicity and minimalism of a black or white sc...
Tags: Apple, Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Minimalist, Speaking, Presentation Design


What to Ask Before You Present

As a thought leader, there are times when you will be invited to deliver your thoughts in the form of a keynote presentation. These are exciting opportunities and can be a powerful boost to your platform that help get the word out about your research, product, or idea. Upon receipt of this exciting invite, you may be tempted to accept immediately and move quickly into preparation mode. But we recommend fighting this urge so you can take time to ask some questions before you commit to ensure it’s...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science, Presentation Design


ProPresenter: Not Just a Church Software

ProPresenter is a well-known presentation software in the church world. With multi-function capabilities, it’s a great one-stop-shop for everything that goes into pulling off a glorious church experience. But what if we told you that ProPresenter is not just a church presentation software? The world of presentations is changing; no longer is it sufficient to simply place words on a screen. With increasing attention spans, presenters must constantly work to re-engage their audience. That is where...
Tags: Design, Software, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Design


4 Tips for Using Icons in Your Next Presentation

Iconography is an art form that can turn a boring presentation filled with information and facts into a beautifully designed and engaging slide deck. By turning facts into visuals, you will not only keep your audience engaged, but you will also increase their retention rate by a whopping 42%! Couple that with the fact that the most popular presentations today have 37 or more visuals throughout, and you can see why turning boring information into stunning visuals can set your presentation apart. ...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public, Recognition, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Design


3 Tips to Set the Stage for a Presentation

Whether you are hosting a large keynote presentation or creating an intimate space for a behind-the-scenes panel discussion, your stage design matters. The stage that you create, no matter how big or small, helps set the atmosphere and mood for the presenters and audience. In fact, studies show that a building or room can affect a person’s overall health and well being. Modern society spends 90% of its time indoors; that means as presenters and people who host presentations, it’s important that ...
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3 Thoughts That Are Holding You Back as a Presenter

As a presenter, it is sometimes difficult to detach personal worth from the feedback you get from your audience. You just stood in front of a group of people and shared an idea or proposal that you believe deeply in. When you’re met with anything less than a standing ovation, it can feel defeating and disheartening. That’s why it’s important to learn and believe that your self-worth is not directly correlated to your audience’s feedback. How good or bad your idea is does not hinge on whether or ...
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Leveraging Technology for Audience Interaction

As a presenter in today’s culture, you’re faced with an uphill battle against the distraction of technology. With a computer in everyone’s pocket and social media constantly pulling at our attention, it’s difficult to keep your audience focused on you. Allowing them an opportunity to interact with your presentation is a great way to ensure their focus stays off their Facebook and on your content. While the technology distraction is real, thanks to the new online platform, Kahoot, you can leverag...
Tags: Facebook, Design, Technology, Delivery, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Presentation Design, Kahoot


4 Keys to Presenting as a Team

Team presentations are becoming a more and more common medium for delivering content. Just look at Apple. They’ve adopted a team presentation style for every technology release they do. In fact, they have decided that no matter how long the entire presentation is, no single presenter will talk for more than 10 minutes at a time. Why, you ask? Why take the extra time to develop other presenters when you could have just one person do the task? The short answer: Neuroscience. According to recent st...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Unity, Presentation Science, Presentation Design, Presentation Delivery, Presentation Development, Team presentations


3 Keys to a Successful Brainstorm

As a creative who spends a large majority of my time coming up with fresh and new content, one thing I have learned is the importance of a good brainstorming session. In fact, brainstorming sessions are the place where great ideas are born and thought leaders thrive. Whether you are creating a keynote presentation or a business proposal, the starting point is always the same: brainstorming. Whether you are brainstorming by yourself or with a group of people, there are a couple of key factors to ...
Tags: Delivery, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Presentation Design, Presentation Develop


How to Embrace All 5 of Your Audience’s Senses

The mind is fascinating. For years, researchers have been trying to crack the code on increasing information retention and upping our ability to learn. You’ve heard us talk about the importance of using visuals in presentations for years, because visuals are the primary avenue through which our brain processes information. However, visual information is not the only way our brains intake details. In fact, all five of our senses are responsible for receiving and processing the information we expe...
Tags: Science, Design, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science, Presentation Design


Insights Into Technology and How to Come Prepared

Armed with an excellently crafted storyline, a beautifully designed slide deck, and a well-rehearsed delivery plan, you arrive at the event. You walk in with your presentation in hand only to discover the venue does not have the proper technology to allow you to present as planned. Panic sets in, and you immediately regret assuming the right technology would be available. All of your hard work and preparation is about to go down the drain. If that scenario doesn’t get your heart racing as a pres...
Tags: Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Presentation Design


The Secret of Boredom

According to recent studies, our distraction levels are rising at an alarming rate. A decade ago, we shifted our attention at work every 3 minutes; now we do it every 45 seconds! And, the average person switches tasks on their computer 566 times a day! Our culture has become one where the ability to multi-task is praised and eliminating boredom is a basic part of our everyday life. But what if boredom was actually the secret to creativity and intellectual growth? What if, by eliminating the crac...
Tags: Science, Design, Delivery, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science, Presentation Design, Manoush Zomorodi


Tricks to Embedding Videos in Your Next Presentation

I attended a keynote presentation recently. The presenter had clearly prepared and was knocking the presentation out of the park when he came to a video he wanted to share. What ensued was a slurry of confusion as the presenter attempted to switch between screens to locate his video. After what felt like several minutes, the video played, and you could see that rather than drawing the audience in, the distraction of the setup had left the audience disengaged. Videos are a great tool for any pres...
Tags: Google, Video, Design, Youtube, Public, Delivery, Public Speaking, Presentation, Speaking, Presentation Design, YouTube Vimeo


How to Nail the Most Common Presentation: The Interview

No matter who you are, there’s one type of presentation that you will definitely have to perform well at some point in your life: an interview. Most people forget that an interview is a kind of presentation, but you are pitching yourself as a valuable asset to someone else; if your presentation isn’t convincing, you won’t get the job. This particular presentation is potentially the most important presentation you will ever give since how you present yourself in front of a potential employer can ...
Tags: Design, Interview, Public, Presentation, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Presentation Design, Public Speak