5 Sources for Free Fonts

Whether you realize it or not, the font you use actually says a lot about you.

Using Calibri in a handout or a PowerPoint presentation says:

Fonts_-_Calibri

Using Comic Sans says:

Fonts_-_Comic_Sans

Choosing the right font can help set the tone for your communication and further capture your audience’s imagination when it comes to your topic. Take a look at the following example, which one evokes more of an emotion?

Fonts_-_Example_2

Fonts_-_Example_1

If you’re looking to change up your fonts and you’re not quite satisfied with the fonts that are pre-loaded on your computer, here are 5 sources that are loaded with free fonts for you to install for your next project.

  1. 1001 Free Fonts. This is the first one that will come up in a Google search. If you can’t find the font you’re looking for here, I’d be surprised, but just in case here are some other places to dig…
  2. FontSquirrel. I first found out about this site from Phase(Two)Learning’s Michelle Baker. If you’re into curly fonts, I highly recommend Pacifico.
  3. 11 Stunning (and free) Fonts You Should Download Right Now. HuffPo considers typography and font design news! This is a short, fun article with links to 11 cool fonts. Let me know if you figure out something to do with Typode.
  4. California Fonts. This site boasts 20,000 free fonts to download. The holiday selection caught my eye. Definitely some fun fonts on this site.
  5. FONTastico.com. Another free font site featuring fonts by category and an easy search function to find just what you’re looking for. The graffiti fonts make me wonder if it’s possible to go out and virtually tag a bunch of boring PowerPoint presentations. Hmmm, the possibilities…

A word of caution: I’ve found myself spending way too much time browsing some of these font sites, loading up my computer with lots of fonts. That naturally leads to the desire to put way too many fonts into some of my work products. So, have fun with these fonts… but in moderation.

Have a favorite font? I’d love to hear why you love that font in the comments section below.

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An Emergency Facilitator Kit Can Be A Presentation-saver

I had a co-worker who never went anywhere without her “emergency facilitator kit”.  I thought it was a little crazy.  Until I was leading a training and my hosts didn’t have tape.  Or markers.  I could hear my co-worker’s voice (and laughter… actually more of a cackle) in my head: who’s crazy now, buddy?

Over the years, I’ve grown to love my emergency facilitator toolkit.  It’s saved me on many occasions.  And in having this kit with me, I was able to continue to focus on providing a good learning experience to my audience (instead of running around at the last minute, trying to find tape or scissors or markers).

Here are the must-have items that I generally travel with to be sure I’m ready for any training emergency:

  • Mr. Sketch markers
  • Tape (generally blue painter’s tape – it doesn’t tear the paint off of walls)
  • Blue Stick adhesive putty (in case the venue doesn’t allow tape on the walls)
  • Scissors (be sure not to put this kit into your carry-on bag if you have scissors!)
  • Post-it notes
  • Pens
  • Name tags
  • Card stock (for name tents)
  • Blank paper (for note taking, for scratch paper, for small group work)
  • Thumb drive (just in case I need to transfer files from one computer to another and don’t have Internet access)
  • 3×5 note cards
  • AA and AAA batteries

A couple other things I like to bring along if I have room (though these can be a little bulky for an “emergency kit”) include portable speakers and a small remote to advance slides.

Am I missing anything? What would you put in your kit?

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