To Convey Information: Chunk, Don’t Crowd
July 20, 2015

Most people have seen terrible presentations. They have a common phenotype: too much information cluttered on each slide, overlapping images that don’t seem to be connected, and too much monotony. All of these things together make terrible presentations, but even separately they can do damage to your presentation. It has…

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What’s the Best Way to Grab Attention?
July 14, 2015

  In the above episode of NBC’s Community, one of the characters tries to help another with her presentation skills. This escalates to some interesting tips, like using attention-grabbing words to refocus an audience. This strategy seems common-sense; people will be attracted to the unexpected words and pay closer attention….

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Do you want attention? Don’t Crowd the Screen.
July 1, 2015

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by information. We see it everyday in supermarkets, advertisements, and presentations. In the supermarkets, everything seems like a blur with the seemingly endless choices and similar-looking labels. Visual crowding is a well-documented phenomenon where too much activity in close proximity or peripheral vision will decrease…

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How Color Impacts Attention
June 23, 2015

by Adam Plumer If you ever have to remember a phone number or social security number, chances are you’ve condensed these numbers in order to think of them easily. “4152551303” turns into “415” “255” “1303”. We do this naturally in order to efficiently store information that we may need, but…

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What can virtual presenters learn from top athletes?
January 23, 2015

Dr. Carmen Simon – Think of athletes whose skills you admire. Who comes to mind? Nadal? Tom Brady? Beckham? Top athletes have an outstanding power of anticipation, which they use to quicken their responses and read the game. Take tennis players, for instance. If you’ve ever wondered how Nadal can…

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