Mommy, where do presentations come from?

Mommy, where do presentations come from?
Answer :

Mostly from people who haven’t put much effort in the preparation of the presentation

A wise man once said “I didn’t have much time to prepare this, so it’s going to be a long presentation.” A lot of presentations I’ve been thru are utterly boring! The speakers tend to put as much text as possible on the slides, and start to read these to you…

Death by Powerpoint
Check out the following presentation by Alexie Kapterev, and it will probably open up your eyes on a lot of things.

Freestyle?
Can you find yourself in the above slide set? Fear not, there are several styles you can use to improve your presentation skills.
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You only live once

I have a very economic mentality. But my girlfriend has learned me that one also has to live. I always said that I’m working to live, and I don’t live to work. Yet I often fail to put those words into actions. Or is that because I just love the sector I work in? 🙂

Anyways, I bought myself a new “toy”. One shouldn’t refer to a motorcycle as a toy. But as the model I bought ‘only’ has a 125cc, I tend to see it as a toy bike compared to the big players.

It’s an Aprilia RS 125; a two-stroke 125cc engine, but limited to 11kW. As this allows me to ride it within Belgian borders without the need for a specific motorcycle license.

Neurological Levels : Understanding the root for change

In short
The neurological levels are very useful for understanding change from an individual, social or organization point of view. They were proposed by anthropologist Gregory Bateson (1972, 1979). He defined a hierarchy of abstraction including beliefs, values and identity. He perceived relationships as having a higher abstraction than identity, and therefore influencing lower levels in the hierarchy, such as beliefs and behavior.

Six Logical Levels

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The origin of thinking outside the box

Thinking outside the box is a cliché or catchphrase used to refer to looking at a problem from a new perspective without preconceptions, sometimes called a process of lateral thought. The catchphrase has become widely used in business environments, especially by management consultants and executive coaches, and has spawned a number of advertising slogans. “Out-of-the-box-y-ness” has also caught on recently, typically used to describe creative, wacky, smart ideas.

“Think outside of the box” has its origins in a classic brainteaser. The puzzle asks the participant to connect all nine dots using only four straight lines without lifting the pen off the paper. It turns out that this is impossible, unless the victim uses the space beyond the boundaries of the dots and thinks outside of the box. The point is supposed to be that by erroneously assuming that constraints and boundaries are part of a problem, we limit our thinking and prevent ourselves from finding solutions. It’s a charming, almost sweet, point, and I’ll give you a moment to savor it before I tear it to shreds.

References
The Art of Project Management
Wikipedia