Posts By: Scott Schwertly

Slide Design 101: The Rule of Thirds

I am often asked how one can make slides look more engaging and visually appealing. Today, I want to offer up one simple technique that does not require a background in design, or expertise at programs like Photoshop or Illustrator: the Rule of Thirds.

What is it?

Imagine splitting up …
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How to Present Data and Numbers

Aristotle often discussed three principles: pathos (passion), ethos (character), and logos (evidence). All three are the foundation to a great presentation, but today I want to unpack the topic of logos.

If you examine most business presentations, you will likely find an abuse of logos. You’ll see a …
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5 Presentation Predictions for 2014

I often get asked what is on the horizon in the world of presentations. Surprisingly, a lot has changed, but a lot has also stayed the same. If I quickly glance at the clients we serve at Ethos3, 7 out of 10 presentation design requests are still in PowerPoint. …
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Favorite Presentation Apps

The new year is about new beginnings, fresh starts and clean slates. I don’t know about you, but I love to use this time to truly evaluate what needs to stay or be deleted on my devices. If an app hasn’t been unused for more than one month, it’s time …
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How to Present to Millennials

If you find yourself giving a presentation anytime soon, there is a large probability that a significant part of your audience will be comprised of millennials. These are individuals who were born between 1980-2000, and this group recently surpassed Boomers as the largest and likely most-influential generation in America.

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Why Enthusiasm Matters so Much

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

When teachers are passionate about what they’re teaching, it’s infectious. When the barista tells us to “have a good day” with a genuine smile, we can’t help but smile back. And when a presenter is enthusiastic, the energy fills …
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How to Get More Social With Your Next Presentation

Let’s face it. Social media isn’t going away anytime soon. Having a Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and even Pinterest and Tumblr account aren’t recommended these days — they’re required. We live in a world that demands and desires transparency, sharing and collaboration. We must all be social. This same rule now …
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