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Thursday, March 28, 2024, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 5:30 pm

I knew from 25 years of shooting still photographs for magazines all over the world that attitude and body language are paramount in creating a strong visual impression—magazine ads have less than two seconds to capture the reader’s attention.

Nicholas Boothman, in his book, How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less.

How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less

This quote is so relevant even in the world of presenting to audiences. First, the presenter’s attitude and body language are paramount to the success of the presentation. Secondly, similar to magazine ads, your slides have less than a few seconds to capture the audience’s attention, and rightly so, because after those initial seconds, the attention should be on the presenter, and not the slides!

Other than Nicholas’ book, you may want to read this post by Jerry Weissman, where he shares Vinod Khosla’s five-second rule for slides.

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Thursday, May 18, 2023, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 5:37 pm

Whether it was working with a single model for a page in Vogue or 400 people aboard a ship to promote a Norwegian cruise line. It was obvious that for me photography was more about clicking with people than about clicking with a camera.

Nicholas Boothman, in his book, How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less.

How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less

This is another awesome book that makes you realize that you are one part of an entire world ecosystem.

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Thursday, October 27, 2022, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 2:10 pm

People skilled in data visualization are hard to come by. Part of the challenge is that data visualization is a single step in the analytical process. Those hired into analytical roles typically have quantitative backgrounds that suit them well for the other steps (finding the data, pulling it together, analyzing it, building models), but not necessarily any formal training in design to help them when it comes to the communication of the analysis–which, by the way, is typically the only part of the analytical process that your audience ever sees. And increasingly, in our ever more data-driven world, those without technical backgrounds are being asked to put on analytical hats and communicate using data.

Cole Nussbaumer Knaffic, in her book, Storytelling with Data: A Data Visualization Guide for Business Professionals.

Storytelling with Data

This is one of those books that helped change the thinking about not using complicated, text-heavy charts.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 10:00 am

Our verbal mind does not work without our visual mind. Those of us raised in the western educational tradition find that terrifying. Pictures trivialize, drawings are silly, doodles patronize, art is decoration. These are the things we’re told in school. In this marvelous book, Ekaterina Walter and Jessica Gioglio show us how wrong we are. Thinking in pictures is our nature. Sharing those pictures has long been our dream. With the arrival of global social media, we have a whole new set of tools to make that dream come true.

Dan Roam, in the foreword of Power of Visual Storytelling: How to Use Visuals, Videos, and Social Media to Market Your Brand, a book authored by Ekaterina Walter and Jessica Gioglio.

The Power of Visual Storytelling

Strangely, this quote is not from the actual book, but from the foreword. I used this quote since it describes the book amazingly. Yes, the book is indeed amazing.

You May Also Like: The Discomfort Zone: Conversation with Marcia Reynolds

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Thursday, March 28, 2019, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:45 am

As you no doubt have noticed if you’ve ever sat through a typical PowerPoint presentation, people don’t pay attention to boring things. You’ve got seconds to grab someone’s attention and only 10 minutes to keep it. At 9 minutes and 59 seconds, something must be done to regain attention and restart the clock–something emotional and relevant. Also, the brain needs a break. That’s why I use stories in this book to make many of my points.

John Medina in his book, Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

Brain Rules

The book is absolutely awesome. Do make sure you get a copy and read it!

You May Also Like: The Discomfort Zone: Conversation with Marcia Reynolds

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