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  • WHAT WE DO

    We do visual communication in the most visual era of human evolution. After 20 years of watching and giving slide-based presentations, enough was enough. We needed an antidote to ‘Death by PowerPoint’, whether the audience was students, account executives, school children, sales managers, promotions agents of professional trainers of all varieties. We developed a multimedia method that uses images to convey messages and meaning. The method is scientifically-proven (see the ‘publications section’, below) to generate higher engagement, and it fosters active participation and learning.

  • What we did was to match delivery to reception. People have two key information processing systems – visual and audio-textual. Presentations are created to match that ability – images for the eyes and words for the ears. It is about balancing delivery instead of continuing to do it lop-sided. Overloading people with words whilst under-exploiting their eyes is the primary case of disengagement and passive reception. There’s no excuse for only using text in the most visual era of human evolution.

  • We haven’t dispensed with text – it still has a crucial role and we keep all the text you need in the presentation. We’ve just rebalanced delivery, so what we transmit matches how we receive. We've provided some examples in the 'how it looks' section. The method needs only a few extra 'clicks', and transforms 'Death by PowerPoint' into award-winning sessions. We can show you how to do this easily, quickly and effectively, whoever your audience is. Or we can tailor-make them for you. We're also certified by Adobe as specialists in Visual Design using Photoshop

  • LECTURERS AND TEACHERS

    This method applies to the social and natural sciences and to mathematics as well. Anything that contains a message can be better conveyed by images and words than just words. We can show you how to use PowerPoint innovatively in your lectures, to engage your students and help them understand and recall better.

     

    The research is clear: students are delighted with apposite images, and claim they help them understand and stay interested in the subject. And decades of research is clear regarding images and recall. People recall much, much more when images are deployed than when they just see text.

    LECTURERS AND TEACHERS

  • BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS

    Somebody once quipped there were about 4 million PowerPoint presentations every day, and they were nearly all dreadful. But there’s truth in the universality of how we tend to use it – bullet points and text in slide after slide. We know it as ‘Death by PowerPoint’. And we offer the antidote.

     

    We introduce imagery that communicates meaning to your presentations. We balance the load, because when we get our information delivered evenly across our senses instead of crammed into one, we make better sense of it, we are better attuned to it, and we remember it better.

     

    Your audiences will succumb to a long day and warm room less often. They will remember your presentations for the right reasons. They will understand your message more readily. And you will sell your product or service more easily.

    BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS

  • RESEARCHERS

     

    We can help you use images to convey the meaning of your work in innovative, appealing and interesting ways. We must increasingly be able to summarize and communicate our research agenda, methods and outcomes to a widening audience. In addition to expert peer review, we must be able to present our work clearly to non-specialist academics, to charities, and to think-tanks, to name a few.

     

    In addition, we must show evidence of dissemination, and of impact in and on society. Our research funds are increasingly scrutinized by a wider public, and we must be able to help them understand what we do, clearly. We can help you with this.

    RESEARCHERS

  • STUDENTS

    The jobs market is increasingly competitive; you need a way to distinguish yourselves from your competitors and gain the engagement and respect of potential employers. Showing who you are and what you can do this way marks you out, is innovative and allows a connection between you and your potential employer that might otherwise not happen

    STUDENTS

  • The Blog

    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

  • Services

    Consulting

    Attend your workplace to brief management teams - 'big picture' conversation

    Training

    Attend your workplace for training days with teaching staff

    Design

    Support visual teaching provision by providing copyright-safe images to order

    Bespoke presentations

    We will create decks of visual slides for any purpose. When you need a 'killer' presentation for a sales pitch, a business convention or any other event where you need to get a message across strikingly, engagingly and memorably, call us.

  • "HAVING THIS POWERPOINT APPROACH DEMONSTRATED LIVE WAS VERY COMPELLING"

    'Terrific presenter, very useful and inspiring'

    REFRESHING APPROACH TO PRESENTATIONS, FEELING ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THIS APPROACH... HE WAS A VERY GOOD SPEAKER... ENGAGING AND RECEPTIVE TO THE AUDIENCE AND WHAT THEY WANTED

    Most engaging and kept attention. Aware of our reality in the classroom... The idea seemed almost obvious after he had pointed it out... Really liked that he was so open to engage in a critical discussion of what he was presenting... I found the session very helpful and interesting. The slides were captivating and immediately drew my attention... to the power of using images... David’s presenting style was very easy to follow and engage with... The presentation was very interesting and forward thinking. It gave me confidence to be braver.

    "ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING LECTURER, FANTASTIC TO LISTEN TO"

    The way he produces his lectures is phenomenal. He's probably the best lecturer I've ever had

     

    OUR TIME WITH DAVID HAS BEEN A BIG HELP, AND ALREADY I FIND
    MYSELF THINKING ABOUT AND APPEALING TO STUDENTS' VISUAL SENSE TO HELP THEM LEARN.

     

      

     

     

    David is a gem!

    LIKE AN OASIS IN THE DESERT

    Looking forward to more

    Really enjoyed it.. lots of things to think about. Many thanks :)

    HIGHER EDUCATION ACADEMY

    Dr. Roberts' development of enquiry-based and active approaches to visual communication provides a genuine innovation in this area of teaching and learning that is advancing pedagogic research and practice. The scope of Dr. Roberts' research and practice demonstrate its capacity to reach across disciplines and a wide range of university settings in the UK and beyond. Specifically, the HEA's support for Dr. Roberts... in this area recognizes the innovative approach to the physiological match between how we learn and understand, on the one hand, and on the other, how we teach and communicate. The reach of Dr. Roberts' work is also readily applicable to the commercial and private sector as an antidote to 'Death by PowerPoint'. The method is shown in the peer0reviewed press to increase audience engagement and to strengthen active learning practices where normally they are diminished.

    Thank you so much for your wonderful workshop at our annual conference!

    Brilliant to see this progressing so well

    Having been at one of the presentations he did, I've definitely increased the number of images I use in slides. I even did an entire presentation at a Summer School... Loved it and I think the audience did too!

    LSHTM

    Participants gave us really positive feedback on the session and... they are going to make... changes for maximum impact.

  • CALL ON

    07964 885660

    Or, if you'd like to discuss how we could help you, we'd be pleased to hear from you by email. We come to institutions around the UK and further afield and hold demonstrations, 'how-to' workshops and offer
    technical guidance for those interested in more advanced aspects

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