What’s on this page?
- Who am I? (30 seconds about me)
- Your challenge, and how this blog can help
- Using the blog’s links
- About the blog’s look
- Why the name Remote Possibilities?
- Over to you
Who am I? (30 seconds about me)
My name’s Craig Hadden, and I’m an instructional designer (training developer) living in Sydney (Australia).
Currently, the main tools I use at work are Storyline and Rise (both from Articulate), although years ago I mainly used Articulate Studio or Adobe Captivate, and yes, at times even PowerPoint. You can see some samples of my work in my portfolio.
Presenting’s fascinated me since the early 1990s, when I built some computer-based training about PowerPoint 4 (using Visual Basic).
To put it simply:
I have a Graduate Diploma in Computer-Based Learning from UTS, and while studying (more than 20 years ago), I first used some of the principles that now appear on this blog.
By the way, you’ll find the spelling around here’s UK English (or Australian English), rather than US English. (Originally, I’m from the UK.)
Your challenge, and how this blog can help
When you present, you use very diverse skills:
And your presentation environment could vary hugely:
This blog’s the result of some fresh thinking – mine and other people’s
So looking at those lists, it’s easy to see why presenting’s such a challenge. That’s why you and I could do with some help, which is where this blog comes in. It’s the result of some fresh thinking – mine and other people’s (as linked to from the home page and elsewhere on this blog) – and I hope it’ll grow into a broad and handy resource.
The key things that make this blog helpful, I believe, are that it:
- Orients its suggestions towards practical tips
- Gives examples of how you can apply the content
- Uses acronyms and other memory aids so its tips are easier to recall
- Provides useful links to other public-speaking blogs and free courses
Using the blog’s links
Clicking a bold link takes you to a different page (in a new browser tab, so you won’t lose your place). Clicking a non-bold link just scrolls within the current page, after which you can click Back in your browser to return.
Note: Those 2 conventions apply to the links within the body text on any page, because those are the links created by me. Other links (like Previous and Next at the top of a post, and most of the links on the home page) are created automatically by WordPress and don’t follow the same conventions.
About the blog’s look
I chose the blog’s WordPress theme, or template,
mainly for its great support for pull-quotes – like this one.
The first posts on the blog come from a long offline article, and I wanted to make the text more appealing online (where reading’s harder). So I included pull-quotes to draw your eye, like printed magazines often do.
Why the name Remote Possibilities?
The name of this blog’s a play on words, and I’ve always liked wordplay.
On the one hand, “remote possibilities” means “slim chances“, which reflects how it can often feel when trying to turn the tide of terrible presentations. But the other meaning is “opportunities with a remote control” (as pictured in the page header) – which is the optimistic flipside of the situation.
Over to you!
Thank you for visiting, good luck with your presentations, and please leave a comment if you find a post that helps you, or that you’d like to improve, or that you disagree with!
Other content to explore:
- My approach to creating presentations – the “FiRST framework”
- My reaction after visiting Toastmasters (plus a pro video of their meeting style)
- Videos to watch on this blog
- Home page
- Today’s most popular posts (and the latest visitor comments) listed at the very bottom of this page