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Hi and welcome!  Thanks for stopping by. I’m Dick Knisely.

About Presentation Impact

Over the years I’ve done or participated (too) many technical and marketing presentations. All too many of them weren’t very good and I knew it. But every once in a while I did one or led one that was really good. It frustrated me that I couldn’t figure out what the differences were–why did some have an impact but some didn’t?  After years of making hardware & software systems “talk,” that question launched me into a wide-ranging, 2+ year (so far) study program of just what this stuff was all about.  It’s been fun, fascinating and there’s a real explosion of recent material available.  Now it’s time to do something about this.

Revolution in the air — or at least the conference room !Clinched fits with a computer mouse in it.

I’ve learned a lot and I’m feeling led to share some it. The heart of this is that I’ve become convinced that we need change–no, a revolution–in how we approach and do presentations. They should be and can be powerful vehicles for communication but the overwhelming majority are not.

That needs fixing.

So, my blogs and seminars on the topic are my contribution to starting and feeding that revolution.  And I’d love to have you join me !

The presentation revolutionaries need all the help we can get 😉

About Me

Picture of the author.I’m a systems engineer by trade having come to that via a first career as a communications officer with the Air Force. My second career has been working for several companies as a project technical lead, project and program manager mostly on projects doing software development related to communications and security.  The last few years I’ve been working on a government site as a support engineer in an R&D shop helping with a variety of projects all related to, you guessed it, communications and software.

Maybe something related to this presentation stuff will be my third career or it may stay just a strange hobby.

Regardless, it’s fun and I hope you’ll get something useful out of this.


Notice: I assert copyright on all material published on this blog and all rights are reserved within the WordPress Creative Commons license framework. Unless otherwise marked all material is mine–including the mistakes, errors and especially stuff you disagree with! 😉

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Alexandra permalink
    February 15, 2010 18:38

    just got here after your link in “Proshow Enthusiast”.
    (Just for info – my sign name overthere is: “Astra”).

    I’ve allways enjoyed your knowledgeble and highly technical (very-to-the-point) comments there.

    It was very good idea to post the link to your blog – it is very interesting topic and one needs as much other people experience and different point-of-view – as much as possible.

    (I’ve put the link to your Blog onto Desktop and will be checking it frequently.)

    Thank you,


    P.S. … links to other book – also very usefull, thanks.

  2. February 15, 2010 19:20

    Thanks Alexandra, glad you found it useful. One of the most interesting things about this stuff is how in tends to cross over into so many things we do.
    “See” ya both places!

  3. Alexandra permalink
    February 20, 2010 18:36

    Dick, thanks for the reply.
    Even we do not admit it, lots of thing we are doing – is SELLING – selling our knowledge, selling our art, selling WHAT we could do …. by: grabbing attention, keeping it, getting a message across …
    When I was creating PowerPoint presentations, (long time ago “B.P.P.” (Before Photodex’s Producer) – I have found two very interesting books: a: David Ogilvy “Confessions of an Advertising Man” (1988 Atheneum) … and b: John Lyons “Guts – Advertising from the inside out” (Amacom 1989) … They were my constant companion while doing PowerPoints.
    Both books were heavily dwelling on similar topics you are writing about – from little different angle.

    From this “Information Overload” which we are experiencing now – it’s great to be pointed to direction of other good sources. Thanks.

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