Author Archive: ffolliet

At work I'm a Consultant Paediatric Surgeon. That involves Surgical Oncology, Neonatal Surgery and Trauma. There's also a lot of teaching and mentoring. None of this actually makes me particularly clever. I'm pretty heavily into improving presentations and long for the world to lay down the weapon of bulletpoints and embrace creative and engaging presentations. I lead presentation workshops and am currently working up a book on presentations. I did a wee thing at TEDx Stuttgart in 2014 of which I'm quite proud https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFza3W87eDg Outside all of that I struggle to keep fit, cycle a bit and the odd triathlon. I'm a father, singer, laugher, learner, sharer, blogger, thinker, strummer and much more.

There is a better way- beyond just powerpoint.

Our third guest post  comes from a wonderful, humble woman Kate Granger who shares her wisdom thru’ @GrangerKate on a hourly basis and at http://theothersidestory on a weekly basis. She gives great presentations too I hear! Over a coffee a…
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One word for Prezi.

one word for prezi

No.   I know it’s non linear. I know it is like mind mapping. I know it allows spontaneity in approach. I know it’s “different”. I know it doesn’t have bulletpoints on the template. I know you can zoom in…
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On ditching bulletpoints, a personal experience.

I am encouraged that various friends and colleagues are having positive experiences in developing their presentation skills beyond bulletpoints. I have asked for some of them to share their experiences. The first is University Lecturer, a friend and colleague @Dr_JD_Moffatt who…
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Read these.

33 blog posts, about 80 page views a day and over 6500 total views suggest that some folk are interested in what is being written about here. It is a huge disappointment that there has been no discussion raised yet and actually…
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“Caught up within a single style of visual presentation.”

The previous post alluded to the fact that the fault for bad presentations does not lie with the presentation software. The master of presenting data and information, Edward Tufte, has erudite thoughts on the matter. “Powerpoint is like being trapped…
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I’m not bad; I’m just drawn that way!

Jessica Rabbit, wife of the famous actor Roger, film star and blues singer in her own right, famously tells Eddie Valiant, the gumshoe that, “I’m not bad; I’m just drawn that way.” The same is true of PowerPoint and other…
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scientific bulletpoints

There is a feeling that a presentation can’t be “scientific” unless it has bulletpoints, that transfer of information requires a list of facts on the board and that these should be worked through in order. There is no justification for…
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Once upon a time…

…there was a girl, she got married.Not really a page turner, is it? Unlikely to hold the attention for very long, sell many books or be a particularly exciting screenplay. Yet it sums up the story of Cinderella. And so…
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Design matters

I know design matters but I don‘t know much about such things so I asked Nicole Gugger, a presentation professional to share some of her insights and expertise in this first guest blog posting.I´ve been asked “does design matter”? The…
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Download complete?

In considering the audience and what they expect from a speaker, too often the implicit understanding of the purpose of the presentation is of an information download. This directly affects the construction of the presentation with the speaker attempting to…
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