TEDxYouth@Seattle is happening on Saturday, 2 June 2012.  PapayaWorks is pleased to volunteer coaching to some of the speakers and it’s a thrill to watch some of these talented individuals’ presentations develop.  Go to the web site to find out how to attend.  And they may still be looking for a few event volunteers.

Backgound Color

What’s the best background color of your presentation?  Most people never give it much thought beyond the chosen PowerPoint theme, or worse, your company’s marketing department required template (a rant for another blog post).

Generally, in small groups in a conference room, where the ambient light is bright, a light background, with darker text and objects works well.

But in a larger groups, say, in an auditorium, where the ambient light is comparatively darker, a bright background can create audience eyestrain.  It can also make you, the speaker, appear in silhouette, thus losing your gestures and facial expressions.  In a large room, a darker background creates better lighting balance between you and your presentation.

How many slides?

So, you’re making a presentation in PowerPoint.  Or Keynote.  How many slides should it have?

Doesn’t matter.

What matters is the message you need to convey.  If it takes 100 slides, and you move through them quickly, so be it.  If it takes just one slide, great.

If your talk is good, you audience will never know, will never care, how many slides you used.

Why Papayaworks?

It’s getting hard to find an available domain that is easy to remember and easy to spell.  And in the right font, the letters in “papaya” have a pleasant, repeating circular pattern.

Oh, why the endeavor ?

It’s a convergence of various talents and interests.  I do a lot of public speaking and training in my other field of expertise.  I’ve experimented with and perfected a number of techniques in my visuals that support, nay propel, my spoken word.  This has naturally led to developing computer-based elearning and, just for fun, web video.

Through it all, people have gravitated toward my style and skill.  After talks, people want to know how I do my visuals, what software I use.  (PowerPoint doesn’t kill people; people using PowerPoint badly kills people.)  I’ve become a go-to guy here, and in elearning and voice narration.  As I’m being sought out for help anyway, people suggested I make these soft skills my core competency.

So here we are.  Welcome.  Enjoy.