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A blog about saving the world from boring docs and presentations

July 21, 2017 / Brad Hawkes

How to create compelling Word documents in under 5 minutes

Do you spend too much time creating last-minute documents? We know the feeling, so here's 5 simple steps to help you create more compelling Word documents without hiring a designer. 

 

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July 13, 2017 / Anneli L. Tostar

Why your PowerPoint presentations may be lost in translation

Hygge. Schadenfreude. Je-ne-sais-quois. Sometimes we adopt words from different languages because they convey something our own language can’t. But sometimes a multicultural world makes it harder to communicate.

Let anthropology explain why...

 

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July 7, 2017 / Anneli L. Tostar

How your presentation images can support diversity in the workplace

Images are powerful tools. (Bet you weren’t expecting that from us.) But in addition to convincing your audience of your message or product, you can also create unspoken norms through the photos you choose. Psychological research tells us that people remember much more of what they see from a presentation than what they hear.

That means that presentation design matters, because each image you use to illustrate your work might actually say more than a thousand words.

 

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June 30, 2017 / Emma Jönsson

5 ways to take slightly better photos with a smartphone

Have you ever taken what you thought was the perfect picture only to realize the quality just didn't cut it? Do you sometimes want to use your own images for presentations, but don't know how to make them look good enough?

Well, I can't turn you into a pro photographer with one blog post. But hopefully, I can point you in the right direction so you can take slightly better photos with your phone–ones that are more than good enough for your next PowerPoint presentation. 

 

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June 27, 2017 / Brad Hawkes

How to balance text and presentation images in your PowerPoint slides

Do you sometimes wonder how to balance your content and get the image to text ratio right in your PowerPoint slides?

Here are a few quick tips to help you create clearer, more compelling presentations. 

 

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June 15, 2017 / Robert Dysell

Who would be the world's best CMO?

The world of marketing is notorious for its quirky characters—some easier to work with than others. But whether you think your marketing department is the bee’s knees or a flaming dumpster fire, most of us could take some pointers from the pros. 

We take a look at 10 of the world’s best CMO candidates.

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June 14, 2017 / Brad Hawkes

How to create an effective PowerPoint presentation in under 5 minutes

Do you spend too much time sorting slides and creating last-minute presentations? We know the feeling, so here's 5 simple steps to get delivering effective PowerPoint presentations and looking like a pro without even trying.  

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June 7, 2017 / Brad Hawkes

10 easy ways to make your work stand out in Microsoft Word

We’ve all been there—you send out a memo or brief to your colleagues before a meeting, and when it’s time to discuss… No one’s actually read it. Bummer, right?

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May 30, 2017 / Robert Dysell

How can CMOs empower employees without losing brand control?

If you're anything like most marketing managers and CMOs, when it comes to brand control, you're probably a bit OCD. You’ve likely got a hefty brand manual, a list of dos and don’ts and a long-held fear of clipart. But don't worry! We’re here to help.

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May 25, 2017 / Brad Hawkes

Reasons to localize images: lessons learned from big brands and small startups

Communicating well with customers means speaking their language, and that doesn’t just mean investing in a translator. Getting the words right is a good start, but we also need to make sure we’re using the right visual vocabulary and choosing pictures everybody can understand. That’s where localizing comes in.

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