Use these statistics on memory to your advantage when crafting your next presentation to make sure your message sticks.

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New to #virtualwork? Use this list of tips to up your game for virtual meetings and presentations (bookmark for future reference!)

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Many of us have already been affected by events being canceled entirely or moved to remote in lieu of in-person gatherings for health and safety considerations, and there’s a likelihood that this will go on for a while to come. With this comes unfamiliar territory for a lot of people that don’t have the experience of presenting remotely.

Here are some commonly overlooked details around remote presenting that, with a little extra preparation, will save you time and improve your professionalism.


Spoiler alert: It’s a lie that we only use 10% of our brain.

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I was wandering around on the rabbit-hole-that-is-the-internet a few weeks ago and found an infographic about learning styles that I thought was interesting. I wanted to find the source of the information, but the infographic referenced another infographic, and back and back it went until I realized there was no legitimate source to trace it back to.

This got me wondering, what other commonly held beliefs about the mind are wrong? I started to do some digging, and here are three of the top neuromyths that I uncovered.

We (do not) use only 10% of our brain.

This misinformation started in the 1890s with Harvard psychologist William James. He argued that in comparison to a prodigy, the average person uses only a fraction of their brain. This…


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We all have certain people we love to talk to and topics we love to talk about–for me it’s times like this where I feel most in-line, most connected, and most truly myself.

Contrast this with the thoughts many of us hold about presenting or writing. Phrases like “stage fright” and “writers’ block” come to mind, which are a far distance from those connected conversations we love to have.

This had me thinking–how can we bring some of those connected and pleasurable experiences to something like writing or presenting? …


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There’s been lots of talk on social media since the start of the new year, as there is every year, of cleaning out closets, getting rid of the unnecessary, and maybe even taking on a new mindset. I’ve been loving the concept that the less stuff I have, the less time I have to take managing my stuff — dusting my stuff, organizing my stuff, moving my stuff from here to there. I’ve been cleaning out old boxes, recycling, donating, re-selling, and I’m breathing easier.

Which had me thinking, wouldn’t it be great to consider the same for our presentations…


There is a desperate need to evolve the way most of us have been going about creating presentations — stale, out-dated methods and opinions about how to present are no longer good enough in today’s competitive landscape. After 15+ years working in communication design, Apple’s Keynote got me excited to share my thoughts on what makes their events so powerful and memorable.

Open with emotion. Opening with a sleek intro video that takes us through a condensed visual history of the Apple-verse through the years, paired with this evocative song by Les Gordon is a winning combo to cleanse your…

Adrienne Stiles

Presentation Designer. 15 years design experience in Science & Tech. Geek for where neuroscience, behavioral psychology and presentation design intersect.

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