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  • Blog Post: Hello World!

    Howdy, my name is Dave Karle but friends call me DK. For the last five and a half years I have worked extensively with senior executives from hundreds of companies around the world in the IT industry. During that time, I have written hundreds of presentations for a variety of purposes. I have worked...
  • Blog Post: MPM Step #3: Build & Refine Your Presentation, an Overview

    Sorry about the break. I got a nasty cold and had to take a couple of days off. Today I will give an overview of S tep 3 of the Modern Presentation Method: Build & Refine. In this step, we will take a slide drawn up on your storyboard, refine it and add content, and bring it to life. Here's quick...
  • Blog Post: The Science behind MPM - The Picture Superiority Effect

    Visual communications are here to stay! Don't take my word for it, here is the scientific data. People will remember 10% of what you say to them three days later. If you communicate primarily with visuals (such as PowerPoint slides), your audience will remember 35% of what you show them. That...
  • Blog Post: Time For A Tease - Upcoming Posts

    Hello everyone. I've been off the grid working on a military map symbols set for the US Army Graphics Library. If everything goes as planned we will have a test version of the library available in the next two weeks. Also, tomorrow is template Thursday so I will have a new Super Template, this time...
  • Blog Post: The Science behind MPM - Overcoming Omission Bias and Loss Aversion Bias in Your Organization

    I was reading a fantastic book on my flight this week. It's called Scorecasting and was co-written by University of Chicago behavioral economist Tobias Moskowitz and Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon Wertheim. They take on cherished nuggets of sports wisdom like "defenses win championships" and using...
  • Blog Post: Post 1 Today - Game Postponed On Account Of Snow

    Sports fans, our Colonel (O6) presentation taste test has been postponed because of snow. On Wednesday night, it snowed approximately 2 - 3 inches in the Seattle area and accordingly the population panicked, with the result, being roads clogged with spun out Prius's, buses, and bicycles. Therefore, once...
  • Blog Post: Leaving on a Jet Plane (Part Deux)

    Whirlwind trip with a ton of meetings. CAC, CAC-T, BCTP, CGSC, MC COE and even ABC. Looking forward to how Microsoft can help the Army save time and money using MPM. More Posts soon. DK
  • Blog Post: How to Visualize a Great Presentation - Part One

    Let's dive into the Modern Presentation Method (MPM) and cover how to Visualize a great presentation. I'm going to do it in three posts. This one, the first, introduces Visualization and covers the first three steps. The second post will be about something I like to call the Presentation Spectrum, which...
  • Blog Post: The Dirty Half-Dozen - Today's Most Common Presentation Problems and How The Modern Presentation Method Helps You Outflank Them.

    It's been a couple of weeks since my last blog post as I've been on the road to see the Doctrine and Training experts for the US Army and the US Marine Corps. Had lots of productive meetings and I think we are making progress on how both branches can use the Modern Presentation Method (MPM) as a model...
  • Blog Post: Come "Like" ModernPresenter on Facebook!

    Just back from almost four straight weeks of traveling! I am exhausted. Big thanks to the folks in Fort Leavenworth Kansas; Quantico Va; NJ; NY; Pennsylvania; and everyone else who sat in training or one of my speeches. It was a great success and high scores on the speeches and training are rolling in...
  • Blog Post: Visualization Checklist

    Whew, I know that was a lot of content. But, Visualization does not have to take much time. To help you walk through it, here is a simple checklist that I fill out anytime I have a presentation to do. It is simple and walks you through each of the Visualization steps. It also includes a sample...
  • Blog Post: Presenter Tools - Part One

    So first off, what software should you have? Well for all presenters, Microsoft Office 2010 of course. I have found that for the majority of presentations, whether on screen or on paper, I will use PowerPoint, Word, and/or Excel at some point in the process. PowerPoint, in addition to being...
  • Blog Post: Dark Room = Dark Slide Background

    Saturday afternoon and I'm going to take a few minutes away from the first bowl games of the year. As a result, this post will be pretty quick. Today I want to riff on slide backgrounds. People ask me all the time, should I use a light one or a dark one? Well, the answer is really simple...
  • Blog Post: Leaving On A Jet Plane!

    Big day for the ModernPresenter. Got up at 5:40am to leave for Fort Leavenworth to pitch the Army on testing and adopting the Modern Presentation Method. Step #1 - Take a picture of my parking spot so I remember where I parked. Stay tuned. DK
  • Blog Post: Time Management and MPM

    If you are like me, one of the top things you worry about whenever you start a project, is how much time should I spend on each item in my work back schedule? This is a difficult question when it comes to presentations, but here are some basic Modern Presentation Method (MPM) rules to follow in...