DEC
2019
12

Ending First Worksheet

Creating a captivating presentation can be intimidating and sometimes overwhelming. You’re confronted with a blank page, the cursor blinking at you relentlessly, daring you to try to put your words and thoughts together into something coherent and compelling. Where do you even start? Should you try to craft an interesting introduction? Nail down all the main bullet points? Pull together interesting anecdotes? Let me suggest something that may sound a bit counterintuitive: start with the end in mind. The next time you sit down to work on a presentation, start by figuring out what you want your audience to do100

OCT
2019
24

The Problem Of Reading From Slides

It’s one of the most common mistakes people make when presenting in front of an audience: reading directly from their slides.  It’s certainly understandable why it’s done.  Maybe you’re uncomfortable with public speaking and reading from your slides makes it feel less scary. Or maybe you didn’t have much time to prepare for your presentation and are forced to rely on the slides to guide you. Or maybe you weren’t able to practice developing stage presence, leading you to just stand on stage and look at your slides. Or maybe you don’t know how to properly craft notes so that100

SEP
2019
04

What To Practice When You Don’t Have An Upcoming Speech

In the first post of this two-part series we talked about how to focus your practice time for an upcoming speech. But most of the time you probably aren’t seven days away from presenting. That’s a great time to work on the parts of presenting that aren’t dependent on the words you’re saying. Even if you don’t have an upcoming speech, it’s still incredibly valuable to practice your delivery. When the time comes to give a speech, you’ll be fully prepared and comfortable with your own delivery style.  What specifically should you practice? Here are a few things.  Stand Without100

AUG
2019
22

How to Become a Great Speaker in 10 Minutes Per Day

The classic maxim, “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail,” is extremely true when it comes to public speaking. If you have to deliver a speech and haven’t practiced your delivery, you’re going to fail.  Here’s the stark reality: You are the presentation.  Yes, your arguments, illustrations, facts, and anecdotes certainly matter. But if these things are delivered in a flat, uninspired way, they won’t resonate with the audience. Your speech will fall flat, failing to motivate your listeners and becoming mostly forgettable.  Stage presence is vital to motivation and audience and just as important as the presentation itself.  The good news100

JUL
2019
24

How to Catapult Your Career

We live in an age of shareable content. From memes that go viral to TED talks that rack up millions of views, if a piece of content is entertaining, informative, or highly compelling, it can generate thousands of shares and be seen by millions of people.  And those that know how to create compelling, enthralling, shareable content can generate massive amounts of exposure for themselves. For example, Brene Brown catapulted her career through powerful presentations she gave at various conferences. Her talks have been viewed millions of times on YouTube and have propelled her to the top of the best-seller lists. She100

JUN
2018
26

Title: The Trail Youth Featured on Returning The Favor

This episode of Returning The Favor hosted by Mike Rowe (who you may know from the show Dirty Jobs) features our client, The Trail Youth, who are working with at-risk teens in North Bend, Washington. Watch Mike and his team give back to this incredible organization that is doing so much for kids in our community. To learn more about what they do, visit their website: http://www.trailyouth.com/

MAR
2018
22

Seattle Spring Art Events 2018

Spring has sprung in Seattle and there are a plethora of art events coming up soon! While most of us Seattleites are itching to get outside, our Spring weather can be iffy but most events happen rain or shine! Here are a few great events we found in a wide variety of mediums: Issaquah Wine & Art Walks The Downtown Issaquah Association’s annual Wine & Art Walks continue this year on Front Street, close to our office! You can enjoy galleries and pieces by local artists while sipping on wine and enjoying live music and performances. The events are happening100

NOV
2017
18

The Link Between Behavioral Science and Graphic Design

You may think that behavioral science and graphic design have very little to do with each other. However, behavioral science elevates design to a higher and more cohesive level. Here are three tactics that designers and marketers use to create more cohesive material: The Power of Simplicity Ever heard the saying, “less is more”? That’s what this technique is all about.  The design is presented so that “the most important concepts and key takeaways [are put] in an easy to understand manner that does not get lost in the ‘fluff’”. While you may think giving the consumer the most information100