Monday Morning Motivator – Presentation Skills

Have a presentation coming up? This short YouTube video will help to make it better or at least suck less. ;-)


Seriously, the guru of presentations is Garr Reynolds,  the blog master of the must read Presentation Zen. He recently published a book which is not surprisingly titled Presentation Zen (Amazon link). When you have a winner, stick with it.

Reynold’s was invited to speak at Google as part of their Authors@Google Series on March 21, 2008. From YouTube:

Presentation designer and internationally acclaimed communications expert Garr Reynolds, creator of the most popular Web site on presentation design and delivery on the net — — shares his experience in a provocative mix of illumination, inspiration, education, and guidance that will change the way you think about making presentations with PowerPoint or Keynote.

Presentation Zen challenges the conventional wisdom of making “slide presentations” in today’s world and encourages you to think differently and more creatively about the preparation, design, and delivery of your presentations. Garr shares lessons and perspectives that draw upon practical advice from the fields of communication and business. Combining solid principles of design with the tenets of Zen simplicity, this book will help you along the path to simpler, more effective presentations.


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To London 2012: Jettison the logo but don’t abandon the ship

London 2012 logoJames Pearce of the BBC reported yesterday that:

Plans to promote the 2012 Olympics using a ship sailing around the world advertising Britain’s “cultural riches” have been ditched, the BBC has learned.

London’s successful bid team promised that the ship – named the Olympic Friend-ship – would spend four years traveling around the world.

The full-size ocean-going clipper had been due to set sail this August.

Crewed by young people, artists, philosophers and students, the ship was to be run by professional officers.

London 2012 to Shelve Ship Idea – BBC Sport – Olympics March 11, 2008

What a shame! Back on January 4, 2008, Hugh Muir wrote an article in the Guardian entitled Olympic ship plan drifts into troubled waters which highlighted that the sailing ship plan was an integral part of London’s winning bid and that environmental advocates were upset by this significant change.

In may years as executive director of the American Sail Training Association I witnessed dozens of similar grandiose ship plans never get launched. This one is really too bad because a tall ship sailing ambassador on a youth sail training mission celebrating the spirit of the Olympics would have been something special.

Frankly, I think that London 2012 would be better served to jettison their ugly logo and not abandon their majestic ship plan.

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US Navy Sets the bar pretty high in the Messing About In Ships podcast poster contest!

The first entry to the Messing About In Ships Print and Post Sticker Contest was sent by CDR Michael Junge USN, Commanding Officer USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) and well I think he set the bar pretty high. Are you up to the challenge?

On 11 January 2008, the US Navy reported that Whidbey Island had fired warning shots at a small Iranian boat in the Strait of Hormuz in December. The boat was reportedly approaching Whidbey Island rapidly but stopped after the warning shots were fired. (link to AP Story)

Make sure you check out their website.

Note to John: I think we need a bigger poster!

USS Whidbey Island

Whidbey Island 2
Whidbey Island 3

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Promote your favorite maritime podcast and win valuable prizes!

Messing About In Ships - Maritime Podcast Poster Support your favorite podcast! Download, print and hang our poster.

All readers who take a digital photo of the poster hanging in a public space will receive free gCaptain stickers. gCaptain Stickers

Simply email the photo and your address to info @ The person who hangs the poster in the most interesting place will also receive a FREE gCaptain t-shirt!

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SEASPACE’s Marine scholarship

Financial Aid PC logo Christopher Penn’s popular Financial Aid Podcast has a wealth of information for students and parents about scholarships and financial aid. In Episode 719 which was originally posted on January 21, 2008, he brought our attention to a marine related scholarship program offered by SEASPACE. From the SEASPACE website:

Founded in 1969 by members of the Houston Underwater Club, SEASPACE has a long and storied history of service to the dive community. While other consumer dive shows operate as commercial endeavors, SEASPACE is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. In addition to staging an exciting, annual scuba diving exposition, SEASPACE‘s mission has been to focus on marine environmental education, with a concerted and ongoing outreach to youth.

As of 2007, SEASPACE‘s Scholarship and Grants program has funded more than $520,000 in scholarships to students of the marine sciences and monetary awards to organizations involved in marine preservation projects. A SEASPACE Permanent Education Fund has been established, so as to enable the continuation of these awards for years to come.

To get an idea of what types of applicants interest them, you can check out the past winners. The deadline for the next round of scholarships is February 1, 2008 so you better hurry.

Make sure you subscribe to the the Financial Aid Podcast and Blog to learn about more opportunities like this. (via iTunes)

EXTRA: In addition to the Financial Aid Podcast, Christopher Penn is also the co-host of the Marketing Over Coffee podcast with John Wall of The M Show. Both are must listen to marketing podcasts. Give them a try.

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Last chance to win an iPod Shuffle and help me win an iPhone!

ipod-shuffle-from-gcaptain.jpgThe Sea-Fever iPod Shuffle contest closes tomorrow but you can still be part of it. Go to Discoverer site and register and vote for your favorite Sea-Fever stories which can be found here. All of the Sea-Fever Contest info and rules can be found at this previous post.

I won this iPod Shuffle from gCaptain and would love nothing more than to send it to a Sea-Fever reader. Of course, I would really like to win the iPhone too! ;-)

 My top story is currently in the running for the gCaptainGrand Prize of an iPhone. If you haven’t voted for it yet, please read it; hopefully you’ll enjoy it and vote for it. 

Thanks for participating in the Sea-Fever contest and helping me to win an iPhone in the gCaptain contest!

Vote for your favorite Sea-Fever post by September 30, 2007 and get a chance to win an iPod Shuffle

iPod Shuffle from gCaptain

The iPod Shuffle that I won last week as part of the gCaptain Discoverer iPhone contest arrived yesterday but it’s not destined to stay long. It’s still in shrink wrap and ready to ship out to a new home. It could be yours by September 30th.

Continue reading Vote for your favorite Sea-Fever post by September 30, 2007 and get a chance to win an iPod Shuffle

Great News – I won an iPod Shuffle!

gCaptain logo In the off chance that Sea-Fever readers don’t already know, there is a great website called that has so much interesting and valuable information that it is destined to become the one stop shop for maritime news. One section of the website is called Discoverer which is a maritime version of Digg where you can “discover, share and vote” for your favorite stories.

In September is running a contest with valuable iPrizes. I was lucky to just edge out some other really great contributions for the 3rd place prize and I won an iPod Shuffle. The grand prize is an iPhone. Very cool! Continue reading Great News – I won an iPod Shuffle!

History of a classic maritime logo

APL1938 World’s Best Logos and Brands blog did a brief history of the logo for APL, formerly known as American President Lines. They write:

Because of the international nature of trade, transportation company logos are every bit as significant as national flags. Even as recently as 50 years ago, steamships were the lifeline for many remote parts of the world, and people relied heavily on the services offered by shipping companies like APL and its predecessors.

Continue reading History of a classic maritime logo