74% of Americans have fears and anxiety towards public speaking. According to Forbes Magazine, the number one fear for the average person is public speaking. The second fear is death. This means that most people would rather die than give a speech in front of a crowd. So what is it that makes us so afraid? We narrowed it down to seven fears that can get in the way of a great speech.… Continue Reading →
Imagine you’re in a room filled with about 800 people. You’re cornered behind a podium; your voice will not stop shaking; and your lunch is stuck in your throat. It’s presentation day – mankind’s invention designed to make you feel like a scared little girl, or an opportunity to unleash your inner superstar. So what’s the turning point in making you a presentation champion?… Continue Reading →
A fun way to add an element of surprise to videos is through pop-up animation. This adds depth and dimension to any 2D animation. Working with flat images in a 3D space gives you the opportunity to add unexpected life to your video. See a clip of how we did it here:
Rabbits being pulled out of hats.
Wands being waved.
Curtains being pulled.
Awe-inspiring accuracy when asked “Is this your card?”
There’s something to be said about magic and how it keeps the interest of a crowd. Whether it’s on the street or the Vegas strip, magic has enamored the minds of people across the world for hundreds of years. Why? It’s the mystery of the unknown.… Continue Reading →
On Tuesday, Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, unveiled many new changes to the Apple product that will be available September 18. Big Fish decided to break down the keynote and give you the five things you need to know about the new iPhones.
1. iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S
Instead of introducing one new phone update, like Apple has in the past with the 4S and 3GS, they decided to release two new phones and completely replace the iPhone5.… Continue Reading →
Sometimes the unexpected can make the biggest impact. With drawing animation, a simple video clip can be turned into an elaborate scene that lets the screen come to life. Videos become more interactive and interesting to watch with unique flare. Increase your creativity and use your imagination to accent your video in a way that can’t be done with just a camera.… Continue Reading →
The Big Fish team is continually searching for new trends in design and technology. We recently discovered the Leap Motion, a tiny device that’s smaller than a computer mouse. Its setup is simple and easy, even for those who aren’t tech savvy. Just plug it into your computer, download its accompanying software, and watch it work its magic. Wave your hands over the Leap to see your computer come to life instantly, without touching anything.… Continue Reading →
The team here at Big Fish Presentations decided to do something a little different for this week’s blog post. Instead of providing you with our usual tips and tools for presentations, design, etc., we took a second to pay tribute to the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. This presentation includes 5 Leadership Lessons from Mandela, one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known.… Continue Reading →
At BFP, we believe that great content must be accompanied by great design in order to deliver an all-around memorable experience. Our motto is, “Content is King, and Design is its Queen.” Below are some examples of before & after slides that deliver powerful content in two different ways. We’ve done this to show that design can allow the audience to better experience content when they’re ingesting material with clean design.… Continue Reading →
A speech can be a powerful tool for many reasons. In many cases, speeches are simply used as a way of telling a story or to deliver a message. In this sense, if the speaker isn’t careful, it’s easy to make the speech feel one directional. However, when a speaker gives a speech of persuasion they intend to enact a response in the audience, or ‘receiver of the message’, creating multiple channels of communication.… Continue Reading →
Big news in the Big Fish Presentations office, we were awarded six Bronze Telly Awards!
For those who don’t know, the Telly awards are known for being the premier award honoring the finest film and video productions, groundbreaking web commercials, videos & films, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. Each year, entries are self-nominated with approximately 11,000 submissions per year as of 2010, and the awards are judged by previous award winners.… Continue Reading →
In a follow up to our previous TEDxLSU post, we took another look at the popular TED Talks series. In this post we’ll show you 5 TED Talks that we think will “blow your mind!” The TED Talks series is such a good example for demonstrating the power of presentation. Each one of the speakers in these 5 videos does a great job of using some of the presentation tips that we’ve mentioned in previous posts, as well as others, to make their presentations worth remembering.… Continue Reading →
When you use video for a presentation, design becomes your main storyteller. There are many ways that video design can affect the moods of an audience, whether it is through typography, color, style – the list goes on. As a presentation and video production company, we understand the importance of design in videos and how they can be used to your advantage.… Continue Reading →
Update 11/14/2013: Check out our newest slideshare for a visual representation of this blog post!
So the hard part is over. It was smooth sailing throughout your entire presentation. The audience laughed at your jokes, they stayed attentive, and they even responded to your questions. Your speech is coming to an end, and you need the perfect way to leave your audience thinking.… Continue Reading →
Nothing can be more difficult or nerve-racking than public speaking. Sometimes you need some inspirational to get you motivated and make your speech amazing. Click through our 25 Awesome Public Speaking Quotes presentation to relive some of our favorite public speaking quotes!
What are some of your favorite public speaking quotes?… Continue Reading →
In March, Big Fish had the pleasure of filming several amazing local speakers for the TEDxLSU event. One presenter we are particularly proud of is our CEO, Kenny Nguyen. His powerful speech about ‘The Art of Saying No’ recaps Kenny’s journey to starting Big Fish Presentations and molding it into the company it is today. The Big Fish Team is honored to have such a talented and innovative guy as the leader of our company.… Continue Reading →
Color is one of the most important components of visual communication. Humans recognize color and process it in their brain before they are consciously aware of seeing it. Each color represents a different meaning and affects us at the most basic human level. An onlooker might look at a design and think that a color was used because it looked good, but an experienced designer knows that there is a lot more that goes into choosing a color.… Continue Reading →
The Building of Stories begins with the history of storytelling and ends by helping you build your own story. From where to begin to crafting the perfect ending, we give you all the crucial details and tools you need to tell your next story and hopefully, your next presentation! Everyone has a story. Let us help you make it one people want to hear.… Continue Reading →
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Presenting can be intimidating. One of the best ways to make your presentation a success is to keep your audience interested and engaged. But how do you do this? When speaking to a huge crowd, it can be difficult to keep the audience focused on you. Big Fish is sharing some tricks-of-the-trade we use to spice up our presentations.
1. Make them laugh.… Continue Reading →
Two weeks ago Louisiana State University hosted their first TEDx event, Big Fish Presentations is proud to say that two of our employees, Kristen Hinton and Kenny Nguyen, are now official TEDx speakers! We interviewed both of them to get the deetes on the event and their speeches.
Kristen Hinton spoke on behalf of a team of 8 students called Create Lab. As a component of LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communications’ Digital Media Initiative, Create Lab finds digital solutions for real clients.… Continue Reading →
Big Fish has had many successes in the past year. From winning our first Addy award to Gus Murillo, our President, representing Big Fish as one of the top 50 Student-Run Businesses by the Kairos Society at the New York Stock Exchange, Big Fish is thrilled by these accomplishments and truly humbled. We could not have made it this far without people believing in us.… Continue Reading →
This weekend has been an extraordinary one. Besides winning our first ADDY for our client work on Easy Living [link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
For the record, the Kairos Society is a not-for-profit foundation that hosts events to connects students all over the world with innovative leaders of some of the world’s biggest companies [list of past mentors here: http://www.kairossociety.org/
What many natives of Louisiana consider the best time of the year is now upon us: Mardi Gras weekend. Big Fish decided to breakdown what exactly Mardi Gras is for all our non-Louisiana residents.
Mardi Gras is translated into Fat Tuesday. It’s the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, when the Lenten season begins. Basically, people use this time to indulge in some of their favorite items that they might be giving up for Lent.… Continue Reading →
RED Digital Cinema cameras came onto the scene back in 1999 and changed the way Hollywood produces cinematography. RED cameras produce high quality digital images that far exceed any of their competitors. And after our recent investment, Big Fish Presentations made the move to RED Digital Cinema. For selected productions, the RED Scarlet-X will be used for creating incredible footage for our client videos.… Continue Reading →
When you are giving a presentation, your main goal is to engage your audience and get them interested in what you are talking about. The last thing you want to do is bore your audience, or even worse make them angry. There are a few phrases that every unrehearsed speaker starts with. Those overused statements are the ones that will make your audience roll their eyes and say, “oh no, not this again.” These are the phrases you want to stay as far away from as possible.… Continue Reading →
Writer’s block happens to us all. When it comes to writing a term paper for class, an important presentation for work or a blog post for the week, sometimes your mind just draws a blank. No good ideas come to mind, and the ones that do are just absolutely terrible. As you continue to procrastinate, your deadline gets closer and closer, and the panic really starts to set in.… Continue Reading →
It may be something we often overlook, but typography plays an essential part in the presentation process. Each logo we see is specifically designed with a font to fit the brand. Typography can change the entire look and feel of a presentation, which is why we decided to provide five reasons why typography is so important.
1. It attracts and holds the audience’s attention.… Continue Reading →
Since the dawn of time, the basis of storytelling has not changed, but the novel way that these stories are told is changing every day.
In this TED talk, Joe Sabia depicts how presentations have changed, from the first cave drawings to Facebook pages. With help from his iPad, he engages the audience in a narrative about the man who changed storytelling forever, Lothar Meggendorfer; the creator of the pop-up book.… Continue Reading →
We are not psychic or telepathic. We typically don’t even know what we will be eating for lunch. However, our lack of sixth sense does not inhibit Big Fish employees from looking forward. After all, we are innovators, big thinkers, risk takers and goof balls. And as time pushes forward and the 2012 calendar is thrown in the trash, Big Fish can’t help but think of what is to come.… Continue Reading →
2012 has been a rock-star year for Big Fish. So, we’ve compiled a list of our visual accomplishments.
1. First Addy’s Presentation. We are looking forward to the Addy’s next year!
2. We revamped our logo and website.
3. A regular day of work at the Baton Rouge Zoo with the entire Big Fish team.
4. The Big Fish team moved down the road to a new office complete with a chalk-board wall, aviator sunglass mirrors and a blackout production room.… Continue Reading →
Whether you believe people are born with creativity or that creativity is a learned skill, one thing is certain. Creativity is not always there. It comes and goes like your crazy Aunt Katherine. It can be a spark of madness, the outcome of hours of coffee consumption and little sleep with only tiny tooth picks to hold your eyes open.
Here at Big Fish we value creativity.… Continue Reading →
“The conference was the ultimate way to network and meet the millennials that can change the future.” - Kenny Nguyen
CEO and Founder of Big Fish Presentations, Kenny Nguyen, received the 2012 College Entrepreneur of the Year Award while attending the Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization (CEO) National Conference on November 3, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The conference was held throughout the weekend at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place.… Continue Reading →
We got a lot of positive feedback on our last set of 25 public speaking quotes, so we decided to dig a little deeper and find some more awesome quotes for you guys. These are some great words from some great and notable people in the presentation, public speaking and communication sectors. Do what you will with them, whether that’s memorizing them, putting them on your fridge or even just scanning them here for inspiration.… Continue Reading →
Imagine being able to drag files from one place to another within your computer. Literally.
Being able to move information around with the wave of your fingertips is something we could only imagine in a sci-fi movie.
A San Francisco startup called Leap Motion has done away with touch-screen technology by creating a product that is 200 times more accurate than anything else on the market.… Continue Reading →
One year ago, Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs passed away.
He left behind a legacy that centered around passion for technology, fusing art with science to create one of the most advanced series of products we’ve ever seen.
Jobs was known for his passion for new products, which he best showcased in his keynotes. His skills are almost unparalleled. In this post, we’ll take a look at what exactly made these events so special, how the mistro of presentations approached and executed his most celebrated moments.… Continue Reading →
What is the most creative presentation you’ve seen?
I’m going to take a wild guess and assume that it wasn’t a PowerPoint slideshow.
The truth is that most presentations aren’t exciting or entertaining. They consist of a series of images and text, conveying a message in a very straightforward way. We’ve experienced these presentations many times in our lives. We know they aren’t what they could be, and we know they’re fixable, but a lot of people have problems with changing their habits.… Continue Reading →
If you’ve ever had to give a presentation of any kind (which most of us have), you know that the process can be uncomfortable and overwhelming if you aren’t adequately prepared. Sure, you can know your material front and back, but if you aren’t ready to fully sell your idea, then the entire experience can be stressful and all for naught.… Continue Reading →
Recently, Big Fish competed at EO Thrive’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards in Detroit, Michigan. A few of our team members travelled to the motor city to showcase our business to a panel of judges, while experiencing a network of young, successful entrepreneurs. After weeks of preparation and practice, we gave our presentation. The judges said it was the closest competition they’d seen in years.… Continue Reading →
We are in the business of creating experiences.
Clients come to us because they need a better way to share their ideas. They’re looking for a way to create a memorable platform in which to showcase their product, service or cause. They know their material front and back. They’re simply trying to enhance their audiences’ perceptions of the information.
In short, they come to us because they want us to tell a story, their story.… Continue Reading →
“Every film should have its own world, a logic and feel to it that expands beyond the exact image that the audience is seeing.” -Christopher Nolan
As quoted above, Christopher Nolan has come to understand and master the often intangible elements surrounding the creation of a masterpiece.
This is the man that single-handedly sparked the rebirth of the Batman legacy in his Dark Knight Trilogy.… Continue Reading →
Both presentations and videos are great tools for your business, whether they are for marketing, sales or just plain informative. Today, businesses take advantage of both styles in order to maximize their information output, but it takes more thought than you might think in order to decide the correct time to pursue them.
Two different forms of showcasing information. Two different purposes and processes.… Continue Reading →
So, you’re going to pitch your business, eh? You’ve probably got your standard PowerPoint and a decent speech prepared. You know your potential clients pretty well, and you think you know what they want to hear. That’s all you need right?
If you want to put yourself and your ideas out there, and you’re comfortable in your value proposition, then by all means do your thing.… Continue Reading →
Well, apart from the aqueduct, the roads and the sanitation, John Cleese and his fellow conspirators in Monty Python’s “The Life of Brian” forgot to mention just one more vital little thing.
The Romans and the Greeks gifted us with our public speaking techniques.
Those techniques are still in use today. Although seldom recognized, they remain the blueprint against which media messages, films and all great presentations are constructed.… Continue Reading →
SXSW is one of the most innovative festivals around. With a mix of music, film, social media, business and technology, SXSW takes innovation to another level. Naturally, Big Fish has got to go! Our CEO Kenny Nguyen is in the run to be an interactive speaker. All we ask of you is to sign up and vote!
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Being charismatic is a strange art. It’s a blend of passion and confidence that can be extremely powerful in many different ways. With strong charisma comes drastic change. A charismatic person can spark movements, break boundaries and alter the lives of the masses. Few have outstanding charisma, but it is within reach for each and every one of us.
Politicians, preachers and actors have the best charisma.… Continue Reading →
Have you ever tried talking without using your hands?
Try it. It’s more difficult than you think.
It’s only natural to use your hands when you want to make a point that you’re passionate about. When you are trying to explain something, attempting to translate the thought into words, the only logical vehicle by which to express your point is through your hands.… Continue Reading →
If you haven’t noticed, we’ve been changing a lot of things around the office as of late. It’s a very exciting time for Big Fish, and we’d like to share what we’ve accomplished thus far.
In the last month, we have re-vamped our brand, updated our processes, hired new talent, moved into a new office AND re-designed our website!
Recently, we decided to change up our brand to better reflect our style and personality.… Continue Reading →
You’ve been in that terrible position. That dull, mind-numbing state of being that we call the boring presentation.
Lemme guess. It’s in a dark room. There’s a projector showing a handful of abysmal graphs and an endless list of bullet points. These things are bad, but the worst part is that your speaker is droning in a monotone fashion. It’s a show we’ve all seen many times before, and yet nothing changes.… Continue Reading →
Have you heard of The Rule of Thirds?”
Unless you’re a designer, photographer or an artist, you probably don’t hear about it a lot. It’s a standard in the design world, used by professionals in many fields in order to achieve harmonious, clear placement of a variety of design elements. It’s a basic rule that, if followed correctly, greatly increases the value of images and text in any piece, (including a presentation) and the good news is that ANYONE can do it!… Continue Reading →
Big day for us…our writers at Hook-Line-Sinker are now guest posting exclusive presentation articles on Forbes. Please check out our first and not definitely last blog post on Forbes called “5 All-Star Techniques You Can Use in Your Next Speaking Gig.”
This articles shares with common audiences how star presenters like Steve Jobs, Chris Rock, Martin Luther King Jr.… Continue Reading →
“Practice makes perfect.”
We’ve all heard it. Many, many times, in fact.
Although it has been repeated many times over your lifetime, it still rings truth. In any skill that you choose to pursue, if you practice it enough, you will be nearly perfect at it. There’s no way to get around it. Unless you are naturally talented at something or get extremely lucky, odds are the only way to “sharpen your sword,” so to speak , is through repetition.… Continue Reading →
This week’s presentation breakdown features Missing Link CEO and former rock star roadie Rich Mulholland. After operating lights for bands like Iron Maiden and Def Leppard, Mulholland started South Africa’s first presentation company, Missing Link. He is also an outstanding speaker and education activist.
In this TED talk, Mulholland speaks about his proposition of reinventing the educational system. He believes that people should never stop learning.… Continue Reading →
So good news is that we recently moved into a new office facility to better support our growing team and video production needs…bad news is that it might be haunted by an ex-intern. See below if you’re a non-believer:
We don’t know what’s creepier, the haunting or the sound at the end.
You won’t be sorry.… Continue Reading →
[Update 7/26: Some people say that the link isn't working for them to download the whitepaper. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to shoot it your way.]
Kenny here. Today, I’d like to give our loyal blog followers, a nice little present from the Big Fish Presentations team.
We have all been through it. The horror of listening to a 145-slide presentation, stuck on full screen, with literally no indication when the last slide will come. You ask yourself, “Is there no light to the end of the tunnel?” Most likely, not anytime soon. But most often, it is not the presentation that is off-key, but the presenter.
The visual aid is only an extension of the presenter.… Continue Reading →
The common PowerPoint presentation—how often we’ve sat in a crowded classroom or a stuffy library as we lose brain cells by the slide and we struggle to keep our eyelids open. I’m sure medical labs across the country are testing PowerPoint as an effective use in curing insomnia. But in all sincerity, the term “Death by PowerPoint” is a serious matter and should not be taken lightly.… Continue Reading →
What would you do if you woke up to find yourself experiencing a stroke?
That’s exactly what Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor experienced on the morning of December 10, 1996.
As a neuroanatomist, Taylor studies higher brain functions, particularly diseases such as Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. When her brother was diagnosed with Schizophrenia, Taylor dedicated her career and her life to studying the disease and others like it.… Continue Reading →
“The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” – Mark Twain
“Um, you know, like…”
You’ve heard it many, many times in your daily life. Whether it’s your friend telling a story, your teacher giving a lesson, or even at a professional business pitch or speech. I bet you say it all of the time and don’t even realize it!… Continue Reading →
It’s an age-old argument. Whether it’s music, fashion or lifestyle, people are constantly debating the pros and cons of old vs. new. Do fundamentals outweigh breakthroughs? Is a fresh approach more effective than maintaining tradition?
These questions are often very difficult to answer. However, they are worth exploring.
At Big Fish, we frequently ponder this issue when it comes to giving and designing presentations.… Continue Reading →
Please check out our writeup today on Business Insider! Just a little bit about our company history and what’s been cookin’ around the office.
This week we decided to try something new. Instead of breaking down a presentation in segments, we thought we’d review a popular TED talk and discuss it in a different form. This week’s presentation features the author of the mega-bestseller “Eat, Pray, Love,” Elizabeth Gilbert. Gilbert, a former magazine writer turned novelist, delves into the concepts behind the roots and realities of the creative process.… Continue Reading →
Kenny here. So there’s a common saying to hire great + smart talent and just let them run free. Well, I did that and some of the guys came up with a “The Office-like” video series called “Luke the Intern.” It’s basically an extremely exaggerated version of what happens to interns in the workplace.
Did you know modern statistics state that you have 60 seconds or less to capture your audience’s attention?
You’ve might have heard it before, but maybe not in terms of presentations. It’s crucial to understand the importance of grasping an audience’s attention in the first moments of a talk. Your opening lines set the tone for your overall performance, so a great opener will prepare and intrigue the audience and ensure that your message is effectively received.… Continue Reading →
Scared of public speaking? Today’s post “5 Fears of Public Speaking and How to Overcome Them” can be seen as a guest post found on Wave Accounting’s blog website, part of their Small Business 500 series.
Would love to hear feedback, and props to Wave Accounting for being so awesome.… Continue Reading →
Today’s post is a recap of yesterday’s team retreat at the Zoo:
My graphic designer Corey recently asked me when can we go out more than ten miles as a team, and it got me thinking. I was already going to see the Baton Rouge Zoo on possibly doing some work together, and I thought,”Why don’t we just all go together?” Maybe we can all share our creativity and perhaps bond on this trip.… Continue Reading →
“There are only two types of speakers in the world. 1. The nervous and 2. Liars.” – Mark Twain, American author and humorist
Kenny here. It’s been a very busy month at Big Fish Presentations and while I haven’t been able to post regularly, I’d like to make the effort today to discuss a topic that’s very important for all presenters.… Continue Reading →
This week’s presentation breakdown features brand specialist Rory Sutherland. ”Rory Sutherland stands at the center of an advertising revolution in brand identities, designing cutting-edge, interactive campaigns that blur the line between ad and entertainment.” (TED.com) We take a look at his newest TED talk as he delves into the realm of perspective, applying psychological solutions to economical and technological problems. Take a gander, and let us know what you think in the comments below or via Twitter or Facebook as well!… Continue Reading →
Public speaking is the number one fear in America. Death is number two.
From sweaty palms to cracking voices, speaking publicly can be terrifying, yet it is a crucial skill to have in the business world. We’d like to alleviate some of this stress by offering up some inspirational, informative quotes. These quotes are in no particular order, and the speakers range from well-known orators to presentation gurus.… Continue Reading →
Here’s a clip of our CEO/Founder being brave and presenting to a crowd how to deliver a presentation on presentations…without a presentation. Darn technical mishaps. In the clip below, Kenny speaks about simplistic design, passion, and his story of entrepreneurship. Check it out:
Note to self…always have a backup plan as the show must go on.… Continue Reading →
So we’ve got numerous requests to do more of these TED presentation breakdowns, so we’ve thought to ourselves, “Why not feature the latest and coolest presentations?”
And that’s what we’re doing.
Today we’re featuring Simon Sinek’s “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” presentation:
Please see below our breakdown on how Sinek enchants his audience.
“How Great Leaders Inspire Action”
0:00-0:28 – Begins the presentation with a series of questions to the audience
- Right off the bat, Sinek has engaged the audience with a deep question, one that actually stimulates thought and creates a tiny wisp of suspense. There is no doubt about where the presentation is going. Sinek is using the question to make a statement. This is a very easy and effective way of stating a point.
Check out this fun project we did for Red River Bank on their success for hitting the $1,000,000,000 asset mark!
It was the first time our video team did an illustration/time-lapse video, and the response we got from Red River Bank debuting it at their gala was very positive.
Thought we’d share with our readers their success!… Continue Reading →
DISCLAIMER: So I know this is a presentation blog, but hear me out; I just love the sport of business and the subject of entrepreneurship. A friend recently asked me about some tools I use in my business and that inspired me to do this blog post.
While I would love to write about the latest new business tools available, the tools I write about below are actual online tools we use daily to run Big Fish Presentations.… Continue Reading →
Big Fish take on Innov8: How the Presentation Guys Presented on Presentations Without a Presentation
Photo courtesy of BBR Creative:
Hey it’s Kenny. So I normally don’t write blog posts (I leave that to our brilliant copywriter Luke), but I thought this week is special. Yesterday, I had the honor of speaking at one of the LAUNCH hour luncheons at Innov8, Lafayette’s week-long festival highlighting the city’s growing entrepreneurship scene, innovation, and community. I was asked to deliver one of my “How to Create a Kickass Presentation” keynotes to the audience, which I speak about frequently, so I didn’t bother too much on changing things up.… Continue Reading →
Here at Big Fish, we stick by our belief that it takes studying great work in order to create great work. Without analyzing the masters of an art, it is impossible to produce work of the same caliber. So, in order to give you all a sense of work that we admire and perceive as some of the greatest, we have broken down two presentations, providing commentary and insights.… Continue Reading →
Anyone can stand up and speak to an audience.
Even if you’re deathly afraid of public speaking, you can squeak out a few words on stage.
However, rarely do you come across a person who speaks TO the audience and not AT them.
You may be thinking, “Well yeah, but I’m the exception. I’m a fantastic presenter!”
I don’t want to flatten your ego, but there’s always room to learn, my friends.… Continue Reading →
Tupic is alive…via hologram at least.
On Monday, the world was abuzz with the recent videos of the infamous deceased rapper, Tupac Shakur, performing on stage at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival alongside Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.
The seemingly 3-D rendering of Shakur was created by the special effects company Digital Domain (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, “Titanic”), while AV Concepts installed the plate of glass and the lighting that brought the hologram to life.… Continue Reading →
After some requests, here’s our next batch of presentation memes and ways to avoid these situations…enjoy!
Humor by far is one of the most effective things to do during a presentation. However, it’s one of the toughest to achieve. Based on your setting, mood, personal relationships with audience attendees, humor can either be a hit or miss. Don’t try to be funny, just be yourself.… Continue Reading →
Hey guys, these are the three presentations I referred to earlier.
Whether through small anecdotes, audience engagement, or musical numbers, these are excellent examples of speakers using storytelling to illustrate a concept or get a message across. They all have a hero, a villain and the element of suspense. Even if they are not obvious, these elements do exist in every good presentation.… Continue Reading →
We’d like to share with you an excerpt from our up-and-coming e-book, “The Art of Storytelling.” This is a section from a chapter about Character.
Check it out, and let us know what you think!
In 1968, Dr. Stephen Karpman wrote an article entitled “Fairy Tales and Script Drama Analysis.” This article included what is today known as the Karpman Drama Triangle. This triangle, illustrated below, is made up of three elements: The Persecutor, The Rescuer and The Victim.… Continue Reading →
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Entrepreneurs are game-changers.
By their very nature, they are re-inventors, originators of fresh ideas.
In their day-to-day activities, they take risks and pursue their dreams so that they can continue to push the boundary in their chosen industry.
We believe Baton Rouge is a very healthy environment for entrepreneurs.… Continue Reading →
Stories have existed long before recorded history, and the telling of stories has changed forms drastically throughout the ages. From cave painting to novels to movies, stories have always fascinated mankind. Although the methods have changed, the desire to tell and hear stories has remained unchanged, and still greatly impacts the way we look at life.
The earliest form of storytelling that has been discovered is from the Lascaux Caves in the Pyrenees Mountains in southern France. Discovered in 1940 by a group of French children, a series of cave paintings that date back to sometime between 15000 and 13,000 B.C.… Continue Reading →
It’s important to look at your audience, making personal connections through direct communication. Your audience can get frustrated and stop paying attention. Y u no look at them?
Don’t be like Scumbag Steve. Keep your slides minimal and your commentary separate from the text. People can read.
Use humor carefully. A joke can make or break a presentation. Success kid did it, but that doesn’t mean everyone can.… Continue Reading →
There’s a shift occurring in the presentation world.
It’s been happening slowly, but is picking up pace as people are beginning to “get” how important presentations really are to your business, organization or brand.
As this shift takes place, new tools have emerged to facilitate growth in the presentation industry.
One of these tools is Prezi.
Prezi has emerged as an excellent tool in presentations because it makes them fun and engaging. At Big Fish Presentations, Prezi is one of our requested creation tools, and it has had a tremendous impact on the way we think about and create presentations.… Continue Reading →
Mr. Spain was kind enough to stop by the Big Fish headquarters and enlighten us with his views on company culture. With such an inspiring culture at JetBlue, this is a very informative interview. Hope you find it useful. Enjoy!
You’ve seen it.
We’ve all seen it.
The cluttered presentation, packed tight with small text and bullet points. You’re squinting to read while simultaneously trying to listen to the speaker.
Don’t worry. We’ve all been there.
Whether it’s intended for business, education or entertainment, a presentation can be your worst nightmare when poorly executed.
If you’re a presenter, you feel heavily burdened.… Continue Reading →
Is your office a dull work environment?
For many businesses, the workplace was and still is considered a very formal, quiet buildiing full of cubicles and filing cabinets.
While there’s nothing wrong with this, your company might benefit from a more relaxed, playful atmosphere.
Take Google for example. Formed in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google’s company culture resembles a playground more than a workspace.
Being a presentation company, we specialize in the structure, design and delivery of quality presentations. We believe that a well-prepared and well-delivered presentation can transform any topic into a memorable, inspiring experience.
One of the ways in which we judge the power of a presentation is by breaking down the elements to see what enchants an audience. Just as a filmmaker dissects his favorite films and emulates them in his own work, our team utilizes these elements in order to give our clients the edge in their next presentation.
So for this blog post we’d like to share 5 presentations that we believe showcase characteristics that make presentations memorable and effective.
Here at Big Fish Presentations, we’ve adopted a new philosophy.
We’ve researched various ways to be heard as a credible source in our specific field (presentations), and we have found a method that combines public relations with real-time outlets.
In any presentation, if you make a statement that no one has heard before, you become the credible source. By providing the first insight into an event or a concept, you have opened doors for your content.
In 2011, we learned very quickly that running a business wasn’t as glamorous as we thought. A startup takes drive, risk and a lot of sacrifices. Being college students, we quickly learned the true definition of time management. But just because it was rough at times, doesn’t mean we didn’t have tons of fun. The journey was definitely the reward.
Here are 5 crucial moments that helped define the Big Fish Presentations Team in 2011 (not to mention the lessons we learned).
You walk on stage.
You begin your presentation.
It’s going great. You’re hitting every point clearly and concisely, just the way you planned.
But something isn’t right.
Your audience isn’t responding well.
Your slides are eloquent, your message is interesting, but there’s something missing.
What is it?
Ever think it might be your body language?
Albert H Mehrabian, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at UCLA, is best known for his expertise on human communication, specifically the 7%-38%-55% rule, which says:
Words account for only 7%
Tone of voice accounts for 38%
Body language accounts for 55%
As the figures above indicate, the subtle art of body language is absolutely crucial in the field of communication, but especially in presentations.… Continue Reading →