Housekeeping Slide of Icons

“Housekeeping” slides are a standard for many large events. The info and content varies, from location of restroom to silence your mobile device. From a recent meeting I liked this icon driven style for the housekeeping slide (vs. bullet list of text).

Troy @ TLC

By |December 7th, 2023|PowerPoint|

Dr. Carmen Simon on The Presentation Podcast!

Don’t miss episode 187 of The Presentation Podcast for a conversation with Dr. Carmen Simon on how presentation information is retained by attendees!

There is a science to the art of presentation design. Troy, Nolan and Sandy talk with Cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Carmen Simon about presentation information retention and her latest study findings. Listen here!


By |December 5th, 2023|Resource/Misc|

Lots of BIG LED Walls

Ending the month with a few photos of an amazing event I was part of last month. All content has been removed from these amazing floor-t0-ceiling, curved layout LED walls that created an amazing event. Presentations looked amazing spanning this canvas!

Troy @ TLC

By |November 28th, 2023|Resource/Misc|

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving for those of us in the U.S.!

The fun and timely note about this post, and image, is I leveraged Microsoft’s newly released Windows OS Co-Pilot. I entered the prompt “Create an image of a Thanksgiving turkey giving a presentation.” 4 image options offered, all created by Dall-E-3, and the above is a royalty-free, good resolution (original image was 1024x1024px), creative and something no else has.

Troy @ TLC

By |November 23rd, 2023|Resource/Misc|

Hotel Room Art Out of Balance with the Room…

Have you ever looked at a slide that’s clearly been repurposed and feels unbalanced? Modifying existing slides for new content is a great shortcut and time saver, but step back and look at the slide. Is the layout balanced? Are elements aligned to each other? Does the slide look “correct”?

I had the immediate feeling of looking at a repurposed slide when I stepped into my hotel room (this is really a hotel room I recently stayed in – but no brands or cities named). Instead of noticing all the nice things this hotel is offering, my mind was distracted (like an audience member being distracted by a poorly designed slide):

  • Why is the art not centered on the wall?
  • Did the room originally have just one bedside table on the right so the bed would be centered under the art when the furniture was centered on the wall?
  • Was this just a bad art installation, or was the art here first and a new bed installed later?
  • If the art was here first, what was the furniture like before that would make an off-center art piece look good?
  • Wait…is there a problem with the wall that it cannot support the art if mounted in the center? Am I safe sleeping under this unstable art!!?

Moral – don’t create slides that let your audience get distracted with formatting questions. And don’t question the hotel room furniture and art choices, you are there for a short stay and will soon forget it (unless you use a photo of it for a blog post and then can be reminded of how odd it was for years-and-years!).

Troy @ TLC

By |November 16th, 2023|Personal|
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