Visual Language Workshop:

Condensed Level 2

Indianapolis, Indiana

June 8-9, 2017

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Visual Language Workshop: Level 2

Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Dates: 2 days, June 8-9, 2017

Registration Fee: $249 per person

Registration Deadline: June 1, 2017

NOTE: This course presumes you’ve already completed the “Visual Language Workshop: Level 1” sessions.

During Level 1 sessions you learned two vital concepts: making content more richly visual using pictures and graphics, and flexibly accessing that visual content via a “presentation platform” navigation strategy. Now it’s time to take your skills to the next level.

Building picture-based content is a major leap forward compared to relying solely on bullet points, but pictures only go so far. Sometimes other methods work better, or enhance picture displays to make them even more effective. Level 2 helps you expand your visual design skills with a wide variety of expressive options. It’s the only way you’ll be able to fully escape dependence on text-heavy slides.

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What You’ll Learn

Video: We’ll start with video. Most effective speakers these days integrate video clips into their presentations and yet never go on to discover the special hidden potential available to dynamic presenters like yourself. Your use of video will be far more versatile and powerful than the norm. Lessons begin with the basics of how to make, edit, and use various video approaches. Then, you’ll practice building what is known as “video vocabulary” that is dynamically accessible via your presentation platform. Adding a “video dashboard” offers on-demand access to any video clip at any time. And, of course, you’ll learn best practices that turn you into an expert right away with this potent media format.

Audio: Relatively few speakers ever fully understand the diverse advantages audio can bring to talks. That’s unfortunate, indeed, because they are really missing out. Audio clips and music tracks can help you in many ways, especially when set up for dynamic access. They come in handy for timing breaks, adding emotional impact to slide shows, better assessing learners, entertaining, increasing training variety, and more. You might even end up needing an “audio dashboard” in your presentation platform.

Animations: Animations in slide shows can enhance messages, or just as easily REALLY hurt communication goals. Unfortunately, most people use animations very poorly, to say the least, and the results are disastrous. Level 2 sessions, therefore, focus heavily on what are known as “meaningful animations,” the good ones that truly assist with expressing ideas in beneficial ways—so people learn and remember more of what you have to share.

Shape Graphics: Sometimes speaking topics are difficult, or even impossible, to directly photograph. That’s when PowerPoint’s shapes often save the day by modeling, diagraming, or conceptualizing ideas. Shapes combined in creative ways to form representational visuals are called “shape graphics.” Visual speakers, to maximize expressive potential, absolutely must be well-versed in all aspects of shape-graphic design. Level 2 sessions explore in details the creation, formatting, and usage of shapes—including the marvelous world of custom shapes for forming tailored looks.

Documents: Highly developed presentation platforms eventually become so inclusive and powerful that they resemble a content management system. Speakers use them to conveniently and quickly display just about anything viewers possibly might need to see. For example, many platforms have a “resources dashboard” that gives on-demand access to any needed PDF document, Word file, or Excel file. During this course you’ll learn best practices for building such a dashboard and managing dynamic files.

Websites: Similarly, why not have a “websites dashboard” that features fast and organized access to all useful websites viewers might find helpful? Such a dashboard functions much like a browser’s “favorites” list, but can be even better. Set it up to display thumbnail-based navigation so a speaker sees small previews of available sites, just by glancing at links.

Combinations: We’ll also look at combining visual strategies to build multi-dimensional content, such as using shapes and animations to improve a picture’s impact, or animating shapes to dynamically model a process or series of movements.

Examples: Level 2 sessions also provide another critical learning component you’ll need for complete visual presentation proficiency—lots of practice building actual content examples that demonstrate the techniques taught. You’ll create a Socratic Questioning slide, master on-demand data highlighting, build a dynamic quiz slide, explore tricks for de-emphasizing everything except a desired region, make an interactive game, and more. In other words, you’ll go beyond learning mere methods to conquer practical, real content applications. From there, all you need is a little creativity to access the unending supply of highly visual, flexible content waiting in your imagination.

Be sure to bring your computer, preferably a PC laptop. A Mac laptop works okay, too, if you are running PowerPoint 2016 or higher. However, be aware that there is a difference in how the navigation strategies you’ll be learning work on a PC verses a Mac. Mac users must take a slightly different approach. It’s not a huge deal but I think you’ll have a better experience with a PC—if that’s an option.

Bring an external mouse, as well, along with all current and past PowerPoint shows, all your pictures and media, and your camera. And, absolutely bring your expanding presentation platform.

Please let us know if we can be of further assistance with any needs at 520-629-0282.