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Running infographics again

Hello all.

Busy at work – we are in telethon and I am still stat-crunching as the gifts continue to come in from our most successful direct mail ever! Which is terrific as this mailing which landed in january was, of course, the one that I led on during my time heading up the team.  I am currently putting together a presentation with infographics for a team meeting (when I will also be using my whizzy remote), so thought I would update my running infographics, you can check them out below.

I note I also still have not written any race reviews which I said I would so. Oops. Or book reviews of PresentationZen, Score!, Fundraising Analytics etc.. Double oops

My infographic (click on the link)


So, my Christmas presents have been getting a work out – my team have been using the remote for telethon training and presentations, and of course I have been through the book from cover to cover, gearing up for my April staff meeting presentation!




More musings on presentations and some updates

Well, what with a busy work schedule getting four mailings (and an email I agreed to do) signed off before the festive break, seeing family, Christmas parties etc I have been pretty busy.  I haven’t even really been running much.  However, I stumbled across a link (retweeted by Garr Reynolds) to another site with an article about speaking with passion.  I investigated the site a bit more closely and found a fantastic infographic post about body language (complete with tips on how to adapt to different situations – asking for a raise, at an interview, making a pitch etc).


But perhaps the most interesting post was on turning a presentation into a story (which we have looked at in previous blog posts).  The blog page tells us that there are, five basic plots/stories:


A hero sets out on a goal, achieves it and then tells us all about their success.  Crucially, in a Quest story you can’t just go home again and carry on as if the Quest hadn’t happened – it must change you or the situation.

Stranger in a Strange Land

Thrown into a new situation which you do not understand, you have to work to understand/be competent in your new environment (and then may well work out it’s not so different after all)

Rags to Riches

You start with nothing (poverty, no power) and through hard work and/or luck, you get richer/more powerful.  They can be similar to Quest stories,  but don’t “end” as such – (a quest has to have an end) so can be useful for people/situations where you have to keep building and building.


A wrong has been done to us/the hero/the company and needs to be avenged – often we need to understand our enemy in order to achieve this.

Love Story

Love, loss and love reestablished (boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back). Both subjects are usually changed by the experience having learned the value of (for instance) commitment, honesty and appreciation.


The article gives examples of the stories (Planet of the Apes as Stranger in a Strange land), relevant situations and even some famous speeches using those ideas, as well as giving us tips on how then to incorporate story elements.  Fantastic!


CASE Update

A week or so ago I posted a brief update on the CASE conference I had just returned from.  The following week, I delivered a presentation to the department on what we had learned, roping in my colleague to deliver one of the slides about a speaker she particularly enjoyed.  To show that I have not totally forgotten everything I learned from 23 Things; I have uploaded the slides to SlideShare* – but I expect they won’t be a lot of use without my accompanying narrative.  Another successful presentation though, which I had positive feedback from the department on!


In other news – I  passed the first part of my Coaching assessment so my guinea pig and I will be working hard in the new year and I did something I have always wanted to do – sponsored a child; a seven year old girl living in rural China. If you are interested, you can read more about sponsoring a child here.


*incredibly easy to use, like bit.ly – I signed in with my LinkedIn account and it worked pretty much instantly.  Terrific!

Infographics and Running

I have been playing about with infographics of late but before constructing any sensible, work examples, I thought it would be fun to put together something about my running.

Running infographic

The website is infogr.am and you can easily set up a free account which allows you to create a number of different infographics (some I have demonstrated) and allows you to share them via twitter, facebook, pinterest and apparently also to embed them (but I can’t get that to work on WordPress).  You can also add pictures and videos which I have not tried.  A paid account ($18/month) allows you to be able to download them as pdf, png (for inclusion in documents etc) a couple of few extra styles and real-time updates.  The premium version at $50 a month removes infogr.am branding and allows you to add your own logo.

The site is fairly intuitive but there is no guide – I can’t help thinking I’m missing something or maybe there’s a better way of doing something, but there doesn’t seem to be any instruction in this.

Anyway, what have I learned from this?

  • Less is more!  My infographics are way too busy but, I wanted to show all my running – I wouldn’t produce something so cluttered and busy for work (yes, I know, I just wrote a 60 page report for work…maybe I haven’t quite grasped this less is more thing yet)
  • I have never run a race (or even a parkrun) in January.  there’s a simple target for 2015!
  • I have run two races in a month on seven occasions
  • I have run a race in March every single year (2009 I didn’t start until September) – and if I run a race this September, I will have run a race in September every single year too! (Gets diary out….)
  • There are some other things I want to chart, so I may well produce more infographics soon
  • I need to learn how to embed them via WordPress!