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Garr Reynolds/Presentations

Garr Reynolds/Presentations

Tom Peters on Presentations In May, Tom Peters gave his insights on what he calls "Presentation Excellence" on his website. Great, great, great stuff from a guy who knows a thing or two about speaking to a crowd. Tom also posted his tips — 56 in all — for Presentation Excellence. It's all great advice from someone who has a lot of experience speaking to groups big and small. (Download the Presentation Excellence PowerPoint document from Tom's site). My "Best 11" of Tom Peters' 56 Tips (Tom's words in bold) (1) Total commitment to the Problem/Project/Outcome Authenticity. (2) A compelling “Story line”/“Plot” There's that word "story" again. (3) Enough data to sink a tanker (98% in reserve). Research. (4) Data are imperative, but also play to Emotion. The brain has a logical left hemisphere an emotional right. Absolutely crucial. (6) No more than ONE point per slide! Simple visuals for the screen, always. Right. (8) SMILE! This is one important way to connect. Again, you want to make a powerful connection? (10) Energy!

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.

Working Smart: Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation Zen The Making of the Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation Why I did it "Doesn't he realize this presentation is a waste of time? Why doesn't he just tell us what matters and get it over with?" How many times have you heard (or muttered) that? How many of of us have been frustrated at seeing too many presentations where PowerPoint or other visual aids obscure rather than enhance the point? How I did it Back in my hotel room I imagined what Abe Lincoln might have done if he had used PowerPoint rather than the power of oratory at Gettysburg. I wasn't a professional designer, so I thought I'd be in for a late night doing some serious research: in color science to find a truely garish color scheme; in typography to find the worst fonts; and in overall design to find a really bad layout. I posted the presentation on my web site that night and promptly forgot about it. It is clear I struck a chord that reverberates with many people out there. Face to Face with Abe, Tufte, and the Ghost of Feynman More Press Email BOY did I screw up. Peter Norvig

Presentations Presentation Helper - How to give a bad presentation Here are the Ten Commandments of presenting or not..I. Thou shalt not be neat Why waste research time preparing slides? Ignore spelling, grammar and legibility. II. Transparencies are expensive. III. Do you want to continue the stereotype that engineers can’t write? IV. You need the suspense! V. Be humble — use a small font. VI. Flagrant use of color indicates uncareful research. VII. Confucius says “A picture is worth a thousand words,” but Dijkstra says “Pictures are for weak minds.” VIII. You should avert eyes to show respect. IX. You prepared the slides; people came for your whole talk; so just talk faster. X. Why waste research time practicing a talk? Commandment X is most important. David A. 1 January 2012 Filed under Presentations , Hints and Tips , humour Related Pages We'd love it if you could link back to us on your blog. <a href=" >How to give a bad presentation</a>

Experts Warn Key IT Failures in Websites May Have Negative Effects on the Nervous System | Search Journal LONDON, December 12 /PRNewswire/ -- - Study Identifies the Five Key Factors of a Badly Designed Website That May Have Negative Effects on the Immune System, Cardio Functioning and the Nervous System According to a report published today by the Social Issues Research Centre and commissioned by Rackspace Managed Hosting, the UK's most recommended hosting specialist (1), there are five key IT flaws in the way websites are designed and hosted that may lead to harmful health effects. The study combined data from a YouGov poll of 2,500 people with physiological tests on a separate sample of internet users, who were asked to find information from a number of different websites. The Top 5 website failures that lead to Mouse Rage - Slow to load pages - Confusing / difficult to navigate layouts - Excessive pop-ups - Unnecessary advertising - Site unavailability Damaging health and reputations The first signs of Mouse Rage: - Heart rate quickens - Increased sweating - Furious clicking of the mouse References:

The Business Card Game - First of all, if you’re going to attend an event, have business cards that give people a way to contact you. If you’re not going as a representative of your current day job, make your own cards, and put your own sites and links and contact information on them. But then what? Cards are Good Conversation Starters- If your card isn’t plain white or doesn’t look like you used a built in MS Word template, people will often look at your card the way one looks at a four-year-old’s rendition of a fire truck. Let’s talk for a minute. Send “Nice Seeing You at BarCamp Boston” emails to people, with clear subject lines, and then inside, start with telling them who you are again (you ALL met lots of people, right?) Finish this email with whatever “call to action” you’re hoping for. File the Cards- My current method of filing cards from events is that I gather them all in a binder clip and then toss them in a drawer.

teasing the audience What was it the Army used to say were the rules for lecturing? Tell 'em what you're going to say, tell 'em, then tell 'em what you've told them. That worked in a certain age, but people's expectations have changed. Some radio journalists haven't changed with them. The start of the Da Vinci Code trial was a good example - made all the more memorable because the story was about a story, which had been turned into a thriller: what a great opportunity to talk about the case using the rules of good storytelling..... Two writers have begun an action in the high court in for breach of copyright against the publishers of the best-selling novel “The Da Vinci Code”. He’s reputedly the highest paid author in the world but today Dan Brown was in court to defend himself against a charge of plagiarism. It starts from the theory that Jesus married Mary Magdalen. The cue makes it worse - it tells virtually everything you need to know about the story in the first 20 seconds.