Mini Book Review: Design For How People Learn

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Design For How People Learn by Julie Dirksen

At first glance, Design For How People Learn seems to be about e-learning. Don't let that fool you. More than 80% of the book is about learning - and teaching - in general. I'd say the first 6 chapters are pretty much required reading for anyone who is even marginally involved in teaching. For example, if you're giving a presentation, you are also teaching in a way, and you will most certainly benefit from the collected advice in this book.

Mini Book Review: Resonate

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Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences by Nancy Duarte

So, one and a half years after I got the printed version of Resonate, I still haven't finished reading it - but I did just finish the iBooks version. I'm not quite sure how much the two versions differ, though (don't have the printed version at hand right now).

Mini Book Review: The Art of Public Speaking

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The Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnagey (aka Dale Carnegie)

I was reading this book on the side, mostly out of curiosity. The book was originally published in 1915(!) and I was interested what, if anything, it has to say that's still relevant to public speaking and presenting almost a hundred years later ...

Keynote for iOS: Bluetooth connectivity fixed

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One of the most popular articles on this site is Remote controlling Keynote for iOS via Bluetooth, which contains a step-be-step description on how to establish a Bluetooth connection between Keynote for iOS (e.g. on an iPad) and the Keynote Remote app (e.g. on an iPhone or iPod Touch). The problem with this article is - that it only worked with iOS 4.x and that Apple broke the Bluetooth connectivity outlined in that article with the iOS 5 update (and iOS 5.0.1 didn't fix it).

Well, the good news is: The just-released iOS 5.1 fixes the problem. You can now establish a Bluetooth connection between Keynote and Keynote Remote (for iOS) again. Hooray!

Note: The WiFi connectivity wasn't affected from the problem.

Don't put credits in your slides

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As speakers slowly come to realize the power of using strong visuals in their presentation slides, the issue of giving proper credits comes up. Most of the time, you will be using someone else's photos, so of course you should be making sure that you are using those photos under a proper license, i.e. either pay for the right to use it or comply with the photo's license, e.g. a Creative Commons license. With the latter, a lot of people seem to think that giving credit to the photographer means that they actually have to put the name inside the photo or at least on the same slide.