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Really Bad Powerpoint

Really Bad Powerpoint
I wrote this about four years ago, originally as an ebook. I figured the idea might spread and then the problem would go away--we'd no longer see thousands of hours wasted, every single day, by boring PowerPoint presentations filled with bullets. Not only has it not gone away, it's gotten a lot worse. Last week I got a template from a conference organizer. It seems they want every single presenter to not only use bullets for their presentations, but for all of us to use the same format! So, for posterity, and in the vain hope it might work, here we go again: Really Bad Powerpoint It doesn’t matter whether you’re trying to champion at a church or a school or a Fortune 100 company, you’re probably going to use PowerPoint. Powerpoint was developed by engineers as a tool to help them communicate with the marketing department—and vice versa. Powerpoint could be the most powerful tool on your computer. Communication is the transfer of emotion. Our brains have two sides. Related:  Presentations

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What is good PowerPoint design? Occasionally, I'm asked by colleagues or clients to send samples of "great slides" or "good PowerPoint." I usually hesitate to send examples of slides since my answer to the question, "what does a great PowerPoint slide look like?" is "...it depends." In a world which often thinks in terms of absolutes — this is good, that is bad — "it depends" is not the most popular answer. Context mattersHowever, as far as design is concerned, it is useful not to think (judge) in terms of right or wrong, but rather in terms of what is appropriate or inappropriate. Simple but not simplisticIf there is one important precept worth following, it is the idea of simplicity. Simplicity is often used as a means to greater clarity. (Click for larger view of this slide) In Living Zen, author Robert Linsen (in speaking on the simplification of needs in everyday life) says that a "simplification of existence" is a consequence of an "effective experience of Zen." BEFORE. Before After Before After

10 Ways to Use Google Plus in the Classroom 10 Ways to Use Google Plus in the Classroom is a great blog article I found from The Theatre Professor blog. In this article, the author really explains some great ways to use Google Plus to connect with students. She talks about using Circles for different groups or classes, using groupwork and integrating Docs right into Plus, and using Hang Outs for online help or study sessions.

For Presentations, Half As Long Is Twice As Good Here’s a New Year’s resolution that’s a lot easier than losing 10 pounds--and with the tough marketplace we face in 2013, it will make your business more competitive. Are you a team manager or a sales director responsible for delivering weekly presentations to your teams? Do you lead conference calls with hundreds of employees listening in? Most business presentations stink. Half as long is twice as good. Today’s attention spans are shorter. About the only place where audiences of any kind sit in one place for more than an hour is the movie theater. With that in mind, I constantly tell clients to “cut it in half.” Grab the audience like Spielberg. Your presentations should start the same way. Instead, cut right to the “shark,” the key challenge that faces your listeners and your business. Make the body of your presentation pass the $300,000 challenge. If those are the conditions, you will limit your presentation to a few key messages. Leave lots of time for Q&A. Presentation boring? 1.

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The 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint I suffer from something called Ménière’s disease—don’t worry, you cannot get it from reading my blog. The symptoms of Ménière’s include hearing loss, tinnitus (a constant ringing sound), and vertigo. There are many medical theories about its cause: too much salt, caffeine, or alcohol in one’s diet, too much stress, and allergies. However, I have another theory. To prevent an epidemic of Ménière’s in the venture capital community, I am evangelizing the 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint. Ten slides. So please observe the 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint.

October 2011 The guys over at Filmmakeriq has put together an excellent list of 22 Apps for the really serious Filmmakers amongst us. These would be perfect for all those short film contests and competitions that students are eligible for. iMovie is the one App that we are all familiar with but that is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Apps for making quality professional quality films on the iPad or iPhone. Check out their article but make sure that you check out the rest of their Filmmakeriq site, it has some really interesting articles on pre and post production as well as the screenwriting process. The iPad2 and iPhone 4 have taken the world by storm. For this feature we have rounded up some of the best and most useful Filmmaking Apps. iMovie Make beautiful HD movies anywhere with iMovie, the fun, feature-rich video editing app only for iPhone 4. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 4. ReelDirector Full-blown video editing for iPhone and iPad. DSLR Slate Movie Slate

How to Present to Senior Executives - Nancy Duarte by Nancy Duarte | 11:00 AM October 4, 2012 Senior executives are one of the toughest crowds you’ll face as a presenter. They’re incredibly impatient because their schedules are jam-packed — and they have to make lots of high-stakes decisions, often with little time to weigh options. So they won’t sit still for a long presentation with a big reveal at the end. They’ll just interrupt you before you finish your shtick. It can be frustrating. Here’s how you can earn their attention and support: Summarize up front: Say you’re given 30 minutes to present. Set expectations: Let the audience know you’ll spend the first few minutes presenting your summary and the rest of the time on discussion. Create summary slides: When making your slide deck, place a short overview of key points at the front; the rest of your slides should serve as an appendix. Rehearse: Before presenting, run your talk and your slides by a colleague who will serve as an honest coach. Sounds like a lot of work?

10 Tips for More Effective PowerPoint Presentations “Oh no! Not another boring PowerPoint presentation! My eyes, my eyes…!!!” How much does it suck to be in the audience for yet another drawn-out, boring, lifeless slideshow? The truth is, bad PowerPoint happens to good people, and quite often the person giving the presentation is just as much a victim as the poor sods listening to her or him. Here are ten tips to help you add a little zing! 1. A little planning goes a long way. That’s bass-ackwards. And make sure your script follows good storytelling conventions: give it a beginning, middle, and end; have a clear arc that builds towards some sort of climax; make your audience appreciate each slide but be anxious to find out what’s next; and when possible, always leave ‘em wanting more. 2. At any given moment, what should be on the screen is the thing you’re talking about. Plan your presentation so just one new point is displayed at any given moment. 3. Congratulations. 4. Use a sans serif font for body text. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Plagiarism You have something in common with the smartest people in the world. You see, everyone has ideas. We use our minds to create something original, whether it’s a poem, a drawing, a song, or a scientific paper. Some of the most important ideas are published and make it into books, journals, newspapers and trustworthy websites that become the building blocks for things we all learn. But ideas are also very personal, and we need dependable ways to keep track of the people behind the ideas we use because they deserve credit for their contribution, just as you do if someone uses your idea. Meet Cassie, a university student. She’s not the kind of person who would plagiarize by turning in someone else’s work, but she is aware that plagiarism can happen accidentally, so she follows some basic rules: First, when she quotes an author directly, she uses quotations marks around the words to show that they are not hers, alongside a mention of the author’s name.

Structure Your Presentation Like a Story - Nancy Duarte by Nancy Duarte | 8:00 AM October 31, 2012 After studying hundreds of speeches, I’ve found that the most effective presenters use the same techniques as great storytellers: By reminding people of the status quo and then revealing the path to a better way, they set up a conflict that needs to be resolved. That tension helps them persuade the audience to adopt a new mindset or behave differently — to move from what is to what could be. And by following Aristotle’s three-part story structure (beginning, middle, end), they create a message that’s easy to digest, remember, and retell. Here’s how it looks when you chart it out: And here’s how to do it in your own presentations. Craft the Beginning Start by describing life as the audience knows it. After you set that baseline of what is, introduce your vision of what could be. What is: We fell short of our Q3 financial goals partly because we’re understaffed and everyone’s spread too thin. Let’s go back to that Q3 update.

4 Effective Presentation Techniques Every once in a while, we are entrusted with the task of presentation. It may be to demo a new product, to present a plan or to explain a new process that you’ve helped create. Whatever the reason and however many presentations you’ve given before, it’s something that not everyone is comfortable doing. Here are some of the presentation techniques that I’ve learnt in my experience to help you conduct an effective presentation. Setting the stage Always start with an intro. Do a brief intro on the subject of the demo. Reserve a minute to explain the structure of your presentation. Setting the stage should take you around 5 to 10 mins, depending on the number of people attending. Force a pause When you dive into the meat of your presentation, do not talk away as if there is no end. In the beginning, I know it will be tough to implement this but trust me: you will get used to it. Don’t do all the talking Make it interactive. Ice-breakers

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