Using word clouds to find the core

29 January 2009 2 By Viv McWaters

I’ve thought of another use for wordle.

Geoff Brown and I have developed a training program called Insanely Great Slideshow Presentations. In this training we help people take all the information they want to present in a presentation and prune it to the core messages. For a lot of people this is very difficult. It’s a case of ‘can’t see the forest for the trees’. 

And while playing with wordle I wondered if it could be used to help highlight, at the very least, the key words – those ones that are repeated often (because wordle works by giving a larger font size to more often used words). So I took a paper I’d written about improv and spontaneity and tried it out. Here’s the result. It just may provide enough of a focus to kick-start the story-boarding process. Will keep experimenting – and if you try it out, please let me know if it’s helpful.