Sunday, August 29, 2010

I stole that presentation

That's not as bad as it might sound, as the author explicitely asks to do so. Moreover, as its title is "Steal this presentation!"...

The presentation gives many pieces of advice on how to prepare the slides for your presentations
(sorry for the repetition). One of them is that visual is better than text, which is true for presentations but not for blog posts, wo you'll have to endure my comments on Jesse suggestions (or switch to another website of course). And I'll use bullet points as well :-)
  1. Have a killer opening slide. Too true, this is what brought me to the presentation in the first place. As Frank'n'Further reminds us, we should not judge a book by its cover, but it is also true that first impressions do count. Should you pick a presentation in a list of ten on the same subject, which one would you go for? Do I have to answer?
  2. Use a trendy color mix. Keep a consistent look, and avoid using too many colors. They only make everything more confusing.
  3. Use stunning visuals. Your brain remembers them more than words. Images help convey a story, and the audience will better remember the story if you choose the right image. Try to have an interesting story, or also the best image won't be of much help. And remember to credit the authors.
  4. Get your text. Text is normally bad, so stick to a short sentence or two, keeping clear which is the most important one. Very important, once you have decided to put text on your slides, make sure it is easily readable. I'm afraid this last point is something in which Jesse can improve, as you can see from some of the first and last few slides.
  5. Use crap. No, not the kind you're probably using in your presentations at present time. Crap stands for Contrast, Repetition, Alignment and Proximity.
  6. Use video. I dont't like the idea very much, butI'm not a professional presenter so I don't think my opinion counts very much. Should you go for it, preloading your videos is a very good idea to avoid awkward silences, which as you perfectly know are one of the signs that the presentation is going terribly wrong.
  7. Share your work. Very important if you want to spread your ideas. And if you followed all the rules nobody that hasn't listened to your talk would do much with your slides, so don't be afraid of stealing. Sharing is making Jesse famous, and I'm (very slightly) contributing to the phenomenon. The same could happen to you!
  8. Recap. Always. Repetita iuvant.
To recap, a very nice (and useful, too!) presentation. Shall we win the war against war-and-peace-long slides full of bullet points?

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