Driving your message home through the unexpected

September 30, 2010

During my recent visit to New Zealand I saw the advertisement below on TV. 

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Five ways to create momentum in your life

September 29, 2010

When we want to go somewhere, we need to go there. yes, I realize this sounds super-logical, to the extent that it might be funny or weird for some people. It is strange, however, how many people do not pursue their dreams, do not go there… Read the rest of this entry »

Inspiration for making an impression with your slides…

September 26, 2010

Making a visual impression with your slides is important. Check out the video below (found via Garr’s posterous) to see the impressive stuff that Spitball media is doing… Wow! Read the rest of this entry »

Picture-perfect photographs: Inspiration from black-and-white photography

September 24, 2010

Image by Shuggy™ via Flickr

The correct photograph in the correct place can be 100 times more effective than bullet points… no make that a million times.  Disagree? Have a look at the black and white photographs in smashing magazine here…  If you did that and you still don’t get the point I’m probably not going to get it across…

Of course not all images are as striking: one needs to differentiate between real artists, stock photographers and the rest of us… This is also the view held by Jan Schultink in his Sticky Slides post that made me aware of these images…

Whichever image you choose for your presentation, make sure that you adhere to the copyright requirements!  Either licence the photograph properly (which may cost you some bucks, but may be worth it), stick to Creative Commons images (Google and Flickr allows you to search just for those), or best of all take them yourself.  Maybe I should be taking a photography course…

Reflections on keynotes from the last day of WCC2010

September 23, 2010

The opening keynote of the day was Prof SV Raghavan hwo spoke on the National Knowledge Network of India, an instrument of social change.  I learned a lot about India and what is happening there. For one the Indian population has tripled since 1960, GDP more than doubled between 2000 and 2008.  Certainly they do something right. Read the rest of this entry »

Selected thoughts from the CIO of Her Majesty, John Suffolk

September 22, 2010

The third day at WCC2010 started by a keynote of John Suffolk, CIO for Her Majesty’s Government. He presented some thoughts on shifting the paradigm for Government ICT. Here are some interesting tid bits from his talk: Read the rest of this entry »

Bringing the cloud down to earth – WCC2010 Keynote by Nicholas Carr

September 21, 2010

Nicholas Carr is of course the infamous author of “IT Does Not Matter” published in the May 2003 edition of the Harvard Business Review. The paper was widely criticized heavily. I generally don’t agree with the criticism against the arguments, but feel that the title deceive.  The paper argues for IT becoming a “utility”, in the same way that electricity became a utility. So the title is equal to saying “Electricity does not matter”, clearly not the case.  What is the case, however, is that IT has lost its benefit as competitive advantage (at least for the average company) and it is more of a necessity than ever before. Read the rest of this entry »