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August 14, 2017 / Anneli L. Tostar

Field Guide to the Modern Office: How to Communicate Clearly with 6 Creatures You'll Meet

Business jargon, outdated fax machines—the modern office can be a complicated place to navigate. Luckily, you’ve got an anthropologist to give you a field guide to the six coworkers you’re most likely to spot around the water cooler. So if you’re finding yourself stumped trying to communicate clearly with the various species you encounter in ‘the wild’ (a.k.a. the cafeteria), we’re here to help.

 

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August 8, 2017 / Anneli L. Tostar

How to improve teamwork with images

Picture yourself in an office. (Which, if you’re reading this at work, shouldn’t be too difficult.) You’re working on a shared document and adding to each other’s comments, but when it’s time to hand it in to the boss you realize your coworker Joel didn’t contribute. Of course, he mentioned a few ideas during the meeting when your manager was in the room, but did no legwork behind the scenes. You’re left feeling frustrated and risk sounding petty if you complain to your boss.

Unfortunately, most of us can probably think of at least one coworker who doesn’t pull his or her weight on team projects. Worse still, we may find ourselves not pulling our own weight, even when we know we can.

What’s up with that? Why is it so easy to drop the ball? And how can we make teamwork work?

 

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July 27, 2017 / Anneli L. Tostar

Why even "non-creative” people need to use quality presentation images

It’s no secret that design matters. By now–thanks to companies like Pixar, Google and Apple–consumers have realized that the devil is in the details, and small tweaks to the look and feel of products can make a big difference. But many people don’t realize that design affects every aspect of our lives—everything from your workplace to your Word documents and PowerPoint presentations. In the same way you notice when stairs feel too far apart, everyone (even non-designer types) notices when sentences are too long and words start to blur together.

 

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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


Looking for tips on creating compelling Word documents? Click here


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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