The World Stage: A time to be Bold!

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The Winter Olympics is all about speed and grace. The slopes are daunting. The competition will be fierce. Anyone who straps on a pair of skis in Sochi is bold in a way that most of us will never experience. For the U.S., names like Ted Ligety, Bode Miller and Shaun White will be thrown around. The traditional powerhouses like …

Should I use 16:9 vs 4:3 for my presentation?

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You open up PowerPoint or Keynote, and the first thing you have to do is choose a slide size. You’ll see two or maybe three options to pick from, but which one should you use? Well, here’s the simple Cliff Notes version to help make a decision on if you should use 16:9 or 4:3 in your next presentation. 4:3 (Standard) …

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

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If you haven’t been paying attention, September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! What started as a silly idea among friends is now an internationally celebrated “holiday,” thanks to humor columnist Dave Barry and countless others who helped to spread the word. It’s a fun, irreverent way to be a bit different, if just for a day. Plus, …

The 87%: Content Uncovered

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After years of giving, critiquing, and developing good presentations, we at SquarePlanet have found that content, design, and delivery make up 87%, 13%, and 13% of presentations, respectively. As you hopefully noticed, those numbers do not add up to 100%. That extra 13% doesn’t need to be included, although the more pizza the better. You can give a perfectly good …

It’s Not About the Slides

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We develop memorable presentations. Yeah, we design cool looking and even animated slides, but that’s not the lynchpin of a great presentation, regardless of what Microsoft’s new ad campaign would like you to believe. Actually, your slides don’t matter. That’s not entirely true. Maybe I should say, “your slides aren’t what your audience is there to see.” Your slides, if …

Drinking From a Firehose

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I know we have probably mentioned this before, but MAN, it really can’t be over-stated. The easiest way for anyone to communicate more efficiently and in a manner that makes people engaged is to simply SIMPLIFY. What do we mean by that? Easy—if in doubt, leave it out. We don’t need to hear about everything you know. We know you …

Mini-Shamu makes a HUGE impact

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For this blog post, I’m going to ask you to please follow me down a long and twisted path for a moment, I promise it will lead to a real conclusion.  Okay, here goes… In advance of a large event we’re producing this fall, the SquarePlanet team recently flew down to Orlando, Florida.  The express purpose of our trip was …

Oh, oh, oh… we’re talking contrast!

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Even if you’ve never picked up a golf club in your life, it’s likely you’re familiar with the legendary golf tournament called “The Masters“. This is the home of the green jacket, the no-women members policy, the spectacular scenery along the course itself, the time-tested traditions of golf’s immortals, and now, 2012 Masters Champion, Gerry “Bubba” Watson. At SquarePlanet we …