Yearly Archives: 2008

New Blog: Breaking Murphy’s Law

Following Bob Befus’ recent example (House Warming for Presentation Facts) I’ve also started a new solo blog project. Like Bob’s new blog, it’s continues in the Visual Being tradition of serving the presentations professional but it focuses on a single area of interest. It’s called Breaking Murphy’s Law and it’s about all the things that can go wrong when you’re a presenter or when you are supporting someone else’s presentation efforts. Some recent posts include “Jedi Knights With Frickin’ Laser Pointers”, “Blinded by the Light”, “Don’t Give a Pigeon a Perch to Poop From”, and “The Valium Bubble”. Please stop on by and check it out. I hope you find it interesting as well as useful.

Think Visual or Die – A Visual Communication Conference Launches in S.F.

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. –Marcel Proust

This post should not be written.

It should be depicted. A video. A slideshow. Sketches on a cocktail napkin. Charades. Anything other than letters, words and sentences. Why? Because, according to the nearly 400 people who gathered at the first annual VizThink conference in San Francisco, we comprehend better, learn faster and communicate more effectively when we do so visually. Writing about a visual thinking conference is like singing a P&L statement, or designing an integrated circuit using mosaic tiles. It’s not the right medium for the message.

But, having no immediate access to a camera and lacking the drawing skills to make even a stick figure look like a stick, words must suffice. Or, here’s an idea. Stop reading right now and visit www.vizthink.com. The website, wiki and blog have plenty of visuals. Lots of color. Even some video.

The timing of VizThink, a first-of-its-kind conference for visual communication specialists that launched in January, is non-coincidental. It didn’t just happen because a bunch of visualistas wanted it to happen. It had to happen. Its rationale is so obvious it almost sounds silly when spoken out loud: to promote a global community of visual thinkers.

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InfoComm International Presentations Council Webinar: Screen Capture

Please join us on Friday, March 14 at 2:00 PM ET for a discussion of screen capture tools and a demonstration of the latest version of TechSmith’s Camtasia Studio. We will cover screen capture and how you can use it for training and production and take a look at the new features of Camtasia 5 with Troy Stein, Camtasia Studio Product Manager.

Please RSVP to Rachel Melnykovich (rmelnykovich@infocomm.org) at InfoComm if you wish to attend.

Details on how to join the webinar will be sent to you.

……………TD

House Warming for Presentation Facts

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Thanks Lee for launching Visual Being and thanks to VB readers for letting me make a small contribution to this site over the years. Really hard to belive it has been about three years already. In 2008 I am renewing my committment to post on presentation-related research and have decided it is a big enough topic to warrant its own blog. If you are so inclined, stop by and visit me from time to time at the new home for Presentation Facts.

It’s not a fancy place but I hope to fix it up as we go along. Mostly I hope it is full of interesting and engaging discussion and debate about a topic we all care about… presentation effectiveness.