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  • Blog Post: What is the Modern Presentation Method?

    Six years ago, when I first started doing executive level presentations I was stunned to find out that there was no easy to use process for building a great presentation! For the first year or so I muddled my way through as best as I could. Luckily, I had access to two resources that most presenters...
  • Blog Post: Slide Re-Use is Audience Abuse!

    Today's subject is all about whether you should re-use other people slides in your PowerPoint deck. This is a once good practice that has been terribly abused. It all starts innocently enough, say John gives a great presentation and then Fred finds out about it and then asks to borrow the deck...
  • 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: New Super Green Template - Download it!

    All right, it's Template Thursday. Today's Super_Green_Template is great for Pitching or Teaching and has a nice green color scheme. Steal this and use it for your next presentation. Let me introduce you to one of the slide layouts in this template. It's called the TrendWall. Trend Wall A TrendWall...
  • Blog Post: MPM Step #2: Storyboarding - Fast, Easy, and Useful

    The second major step in the Modern Presentation Method (MPM) is Storyboarding. In this step, we are going to take our work from Visualization and craft a great story. Storyboarding is a very quick process and should not take you much time at all. The purpose of storyboarding is to lay out a complete...
  • 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: Welcome to MPM!

    Good morning Modern Presenters, With the recent Wired article I have been getting a ton of questions about what the Modern Presentation Method is and how people can learn more about it, so I thought I'd pen a quick post to bring everyone up to speed. What is The Modern Presentation Method? The...
  • Blog Post: Your Guide To MPM

    We just got back on Monday from Fort and a major review cycle with the US Army Combined Arms Center. For the last week, we have been editing the various pieces of the Military Presentation Method, wrapping up the Microsoft Fiscal year, and taking care of some administrivia so please excuse the tardiness...
  • 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: Field Artillery Map Symbols Here - All 355 of Them!

    As part of the Beta project that we are running with the Army's Combined Arms Center and the USMC Training and Education Command I will be cranking out military graphics library packages nearly every day for the next 30 days. I hope to average +100 new images a day. Today's installment is 355 Field Artillery...
  • Blog Post: Get Your Picture ON! - Finding and Using Great Pics and Graphics

    I wanted to cover a couple of best practices we will be using extensively BEFORE we go through the next step of the Modern Presentation Method, Step 3: Build & Refine. The first of these best practices is how to use Pictures in all types of presentations and even more importantly, how to find great...
  • Blog Post: The Modern Presentation Method - It's Not All About PowerPoint!

    So here's key point #1…..The method that I'm proposing for presenting does not exclusively use PowerPoint to display content. GASP! How can a Microsoft speechwriter say such a dastardly thing, you cry in alarm! Relax, I love PowerPoint and the Modern Presentation Method uses...
  • Blog Post: Stephen Kosslyn - Brain Ninja

    Wow! Just finished meeting with Stephen Kosslyn PHD, former Dean of Social Sciences at Harvard , currently the Director for the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford . Dean Kosslyn is a pioneer in the world of cognitive neuroscience. For 35 years, he has been a groundbreaking...
  • Blog Post: Length Matters - Really!

    It is time to fight Blab Flab! Before we actually start Step 3 of the Modern Presentation Method (Build & Refine), I wanted to bring to light a question that I know lies in the back of the mind of every audience. It is "please do not make me sit through this presentation for even one second longer...
  • Blog Post: Break the Glass Ceiling - 52 Glass Shapes To Use in Your Next Presentation

    In an earlier post this week , I talked about the need for organizations to have a single Graphics Library that contains amongst other things, Shapes. The primitives are circles, squares, rectangles, bullets, triangles, etc… Today, I am including 52 different PNG files that have a range...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft - US Army 2011 Symposium

    At the US Army - Microsoft 2011 technology symposium for the next 3 days so I don't know how much time I will have to post. Have a ton of side meetings to talk about how the Army can use the Modern Presentation Method to help them improve their internal presentations.
  • Blog Post: How to Visualize a Great Presentation - Part Three

    When we left off, with the presenter having by now figured out the background info on what the presentation is about, what the audience needs, what the presenter needs, and what type of presentation they are doing (Pitching, Organizing, or Teaching). In Part Three today, we go through the remaining...
  • Blog Post: BAM! Your Modern Presentation Method Cubicle Poster Has Arrived!

    All right, people have been asking me all week, do you have a single slide that shows what the Modern Presentation Method is? So here it. The five steps are outlined (Visualize, Storyboard, Build, Rehearse, and Execute), if the method varies by presenter experience level (101, 201, 301) I call out how...
  • 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: The Modern Presentation Method Guiding Principles

    So what are the principles that underlie the Modern Presentation Method? What key tenets do I think should guide a presentation method? Less Is More - A presentation should be of limited length and duration. The goal is to present the right amount of information in the minimum time. Standardize...
  • 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...