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The making of a presentation (part 1)

This is part 1 of «the making of 'Cultivating Creativity'», a presentation I entered in’s «World’s Best Presentation Contest».

Finding creativity

For those of you who have yet to see the ‘Cultivating Creativity’ presentation, just scroll down to my last post. As a huge part of my blog-posts have been about Slideware Presentations I figured I had to participate. And if I was to participate, I wanted to do it right, meaning: adhering to my own ideas and philosophies about what makes a great presentation. As an oral presentation wouldn’t be possible I would have to use more text than I would normally do, but it had to be strong visually. First thing’s first though and the first challenge was to decide upon a topic for the presentation.

The very first physical piece of the presentation-puzzle

Some of the topics I considered were myself, Norway (my country), Visual Storytelling (surprise) and anything else that popped into my mind. In the end though I decided to go for a shallow but entertaining meta-presentation. (A presentation about itself.)

So with this in mind I began doodling and brainstorming on paper. While doing so however I felt that the topic was perhaps too shallow. While I felt fairly comfortable that I could make a presentation interesting to watch, it might be a hard sell to actually get anyone to watch it in the first place. Yet, I didn’t have any better idea, so I pushed on. When it suddenly hit me: My search for creativity was the answer. How often hadn’t I found myself in search for the creative spark? How often hadn’t I experienced the creative part of my brain firing on all cylinders when laying in bed waiting for Mr. Sandman to arrive? And even better: I knew how to treat my brain to spark the creative process in the first place!