If you are like me you may have a list of goals for 2018. They may be personal or business goals, some short term, some long. Some may take a couple of days to accomplish, whereas other could be weeks, months, or the whole year. You might be able to do them on your own or with the aid of someone else, but when it comes right down to it are you ready, willing, and able to do them? SMART (Specific-Measurable-Achievable-Relevant-Timely) goals has always been the starting point for setting goals however there are a few other things to consider.
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No, thankfully this isn't a picture of the Blue Jays winning last night, however, I have sat in workshops where the presenter used images very similar to this quality. It may have looked good on their phone or tablet screen when they took the picture but when it was enlarged the quality and readability wasn't there. Make sure you test your image by projecting it on the screen prior to your presentation. If it doesn't work you still have time to delete it and rearrange the slide.
In order to ensure that the images are visible, impactful and reinforce or complement your message they need to be high quality, clear, and relevant to the topic you are speaking of. They are not there as space fillers or to emphasize every point, they should add value. Try also not to put an image in the background with the type over top. Sometimes this makes the type illegible, or difficult to read.
Clip art can be helpful when a photo is not available. The odd one is okay however too many can be overly cartoonish and lack the professional look. Also, because other people use the same PowerPoint application/version, or attend the same type of seminars, you might run into presenters using the same images, which tends to muddy the waters of professionalism.
If you are looking for some great images but don't have the budget for a photographer, or a royalty-protected image, there are a number of great photo/illustration bank websites that have thousands of professional, clear, and high resolution, quality images. One that I am fond of is www.dollarphotoclub.com. You can buy an image for $1 and download them in the format and size that you need, when you need them.
Images can make or break your presentation. They can engage your audience and help to serve your workshop needs so take a closer look at your images the next time you are doing a PowerPoint presentation. You will be surprised at how they can help you stand out in the crowd.