No Excuse For Scary Slides

Professionally Speaking...

New York Public Library Public Domain Images :: Over 700,000 photographs, maps, posters and prints including a collection of images of New York from the 1870s to the 1970s. Images from these sites are free and either have no known copyright restrictions (in the case of public domain images) or are offered under a Creative Commons license. Scary may be a good thing for Halloween decorations and theme park rides but certainly not for presentation slides.

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Format quotations to get attention

PowerPoint Tips

Click it and you’ll see that it’s in the public domain. I see a lot of presentations with quotations on them and they’re almost always boring. Presenters use a blank layout, insert a text box, and type or paste the quote from some document. Quotes are an interesting feature in a presentation, so make them interesting! Here’s a slide that a client gave me. It isn’t terrible, but not very engaging either.

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The Shift Towards Open Startups


It is within this space that Open Startups emerged as a movement against the secrecy surrounding data sharing, while actively working towards making company metrics public. It builds trust in the company, as they are willing to put their numbers in the public domain.

Getting the line spacing just right

PowerPoint Tips

I was SO pleased to get a public domain image of a portrait of him — considering the quote was from 1628! I did a makeover of a slide that included a quotation from the man who discovered the circulatory system. But when I wrote his name and other information below the portrait, the line spacing was all wrong. There was too much space between the lines. This is common when you copy and paste text from another source.

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Thought Leadership - Anything Less Than Openness Erodes Trust

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Secretary of State out of the public domain.  If you are unwilling to align with that value, then you can't take on that public mission. Run    Branding careers Current Affairs Games Generational Divide Media Personal Musings Politics Public Speaking Selling Television Values Web/Tech There was a time, and it wasn't so long ago, when comprehensive secrecy had been a strategic objective.

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Icons are hot now — how to get, make, and use icons

PowerPoint Tips

Almost everything is in the Public Domain (CC0 in Creative Commons terminology) so you don’t have to give attribution. Iconography is hot in design now. Here is an example from one of my websites. The above icons are colorful and have some depth to them, but you often see icons that are flat and monochrome. Here’s an example from I often see icons that are all gray. What is an icon and why are icons so popular?

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Keys to Developing Presentation Content for Women

DeFinis Communications

As a public speaking coach and owner of a presentation skills training company, I give and listen to presentations every day. You can use stories that are in the public domain or stories you’ve heard from others. Elegant Skills for Powerful Presentations Executive Speech Prep presentation skills training for women Public Speaker Public SpeakingNo matter what industry you’re in or what type of presentations you give, chances are you have women in your audience.

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Read a Book Through Email or RSS

More than PowerPoint...

And further, because Frankenstein is in the public domain, subscribing to this book is free. Many books not in the public domain are available at DailyLit for a small fee.) Get caught up on your reading! Daily Lit lets you read a book online, one chapter at a time. Here's how it works: Search the site. Go to Daily Lit , and find a book that you've been meaning to read -- but somehow, you haven't quite found the time.

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Winning the Future: Reflections on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

DeFinis Communications

Of course, the response to his speech from pundits and the American public was mixed. He also gave us some highly quotable moments and phrases that are sure to become part of our public domain database. I love the pomp and circumstance of the State of the Union address. Anytime our leaders gather together to celebrate our history and our future, I am moved and inspired.

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Why is Mr Brown bothering to speak to the TUC?

Max Atkinson

All of which raises the question of why Mr Brown is bothering to go to all the expense and trouble of going to Liverpool to repeat things that he and his aides have already put into the public domain Regular readers of this blog may have seen my previous comments on the way in which speeches feature less and less prominently in British media coverage of political communication (e.g. HERE , HERE and HERE ).

PowerPoint Tip: Government Photos You can Use

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

We can use the sources that we usually use, and we can add great public domain photos like the ones on the sites above to enhance our message. In almost every workshop that I do, someone asks where you can get great photos to use in your presentation. I always mention Microsoft’s online library of images that is accessible through PowerPoint, stock photography sites such as and pictures you take yourself.

Exquisitely Great Marketing Plus Lousy Follow-up Equals NO SALE.

Communication Steroids

Skip to content Follow: RSS Twitter Home About Contact Us Current Programs Inner Circle Newsletter Products 20 Presentation Skills That Kill: Audio CDSeminar Social Media and Public Relations: Audio Task Oriented Teams: Audio CDSeminar What We Do Exquisitely Great Marketing Plus Lousy Follow-up Equals NO SALE by Tim 'Gonzo' Gordon on March 24, 2011 About a year ago I started getting the phone calls.

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'Telegraph' or 'Sleazygraph': the ethics, uses and results of covertly recorded conversation

Max Atkinson

My initial reaction was that it hardly seemed news that politicians say things in private conversations that they wouldn't dream of saying in public. Scientific and public interest as legitimate defences? I also remember a sense of relief from any such worries when I first started studying recordings of political speeches - which had the advantage of already being in the public domain.

Politicians and broadcasters in the UK: collaboration or capitulation?

Max Atkinson

As a trailer to one of my main themes, I gave a presentation at this year's annual EPOP (Elections, Public Opinion & Parties) conference at Exeter University earlier this month, entitled Our Masters' Voices Then and Now. And that's why I think that the current situation not only does matter, but is also something that we should be worrying about - and why I also think that it's high time for a serious debate between everyone involved, including and especially us, the general public.

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