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Death by PowerPoint    (and how to fight it)                 Alexei Kapterev
There are 300 million   PowerPoint users     in the world*                * estimate
They do 30 million  presentations  each day*               * estimate
About a million presentations aregoing on right now*               * estimate
50% of them areunbearable*      * conservative estimate
LOTS of peopleare killing each otherwith bad presentations.         NOW.
They are all DEAD! Well, almost.
A vicious circle        Bad    presentations       Bad                    communication  Lesstraining                     ...
Let’s make the world  a better place.
Why are they doing it?!
Research shows:Bullets don’t kill peoplePeople kill peopleUnintentionallyYet regularly
Mainly due to lack of...    Significance    Structure    Simplicity    Rehearsal
Significance
Why do you present? To “pass the information”? Your boss told you to? Or to make meaning?
What’s the subject andwhy it matters to you?
How presentations workSignificance creates passionPassion attracts attentionAttention leads to action
Are you passionate?  Check yourself.
This is passion.
This is passion.
This is passion.
This is not.
Can’t find the meaning?Don’t present.
Structure
Structure is how you place thebuilding blocks of your story.
Q: What structure to use?A: Any – as long as it is:     Convincing     Memorable     Scalable
Structure choicesProblem – Pathway – SolutionProblem – Solution – ReasoningFancy stuff (if it makes sense)
Give 3-4 reasons supporting your point.They will not remember     more anyway.
}Memorable opening               1 More details...  1 argument   2 More details...               3 More details...  2 argu...
You can tell this in...      5 minutes      15 minutes      45 minutes    It is scalable.
Simplicity
“ Everything should be made assimple as possible but not simpler.
Apparently, being simple      is not that simple.Will give you some examples.
Don’t worry: knowing thelanguage doesn’t really help.
Notice cool background.
Hey, we’ve got DATA!
This one’s my favorite.
Fundamental problem?
PowerPoint helps to:Visualize ideasCreate key pointsImpress
They use it as: Prompter Handouts Data dumps
People read faster than you speak.  This means you are useless.
How much is an extra slide?  $0.00. Zero Dollars.Break it in several. It’s free.
What’s the point? One simple point?Remove everything else.
Well, some arejust hopeless.
Ditch stupid “rules”Do you remember the rule:   7 lines per slide or less   7 words per line or less?Well, it is just plai...
d .Ditch stupid “rules”     e    p .Do you remember the rule:   m g  a in   7 lines per slide or less r rC o   7 words per...
Simple design rules*One point per slideFew matching coloursVery few fontsPhotos, not clipart                  * pun in...
Less text. More imagery.Wild imagery.
But what if I need tosend or print the slides?
Write a document
The Largest   Leasing Companies•Hansa Leasing•РГ Лизинг•Авангард-Лизинг•Raiffeisen Leasing•ММБ-Лизинг                     ...
Print with notes
Inform with little text*                 * yes you can
Rehearsal
It will never work completely  for the first time. Trust me.
YOU   PRESENTATION   RECIPIENTFeedback. Go get some.
No audience? Present to thefurniture. But aloud. Try it.
Check the roomand equipment.
Presentation checklist
All this leads to...
Wow* * great presentations
Alexei Kapterev     www.kapterev.comThere’s also a book now! Check it out!
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  1. 1. Death by PowerPoint (and how to fight it) Alexei Kapterev
  2. 2. There are 300 million PowerPoint users in the world* * estimate
  3. 3. They do 30 million presentations each day* * estimate
  4. 4. About a million presentations aregoing on right now* * estimate
  5. 5. 50% of them areunbearable* * conservative estimate
  6. 6. LOTS of peopleare killing each otherwith bad presentations. NOW.
  7. 7. They are all DEAD! Well, almost.
  8. 8. A vicious circle Bad presentations Bad communication Lesstraining Bad relations Less money Less sales
  9. 9. Let’s make the world a better place.
  10. 10. Why are they doing it?!
  11. 11. Research shows:Bullets don’t kill peoplePeople kill peopleUnintentionallyYet regularly
  12. 12. Mainly due to lack of... Significance Structure Simplicity Rehearsal
  13. 13. Significance
  14. 14. Why do you present? To “pass the information”? Your boss told you to? Or to make meaning?
  15. 15. What’s the subject andwhy it matters to you?
  16. 16. How presentations workSignificance creates passionPassion attracts attentionAttention leads to action
  17. 17. Are you passionate? Check yourself.
  18. 18. This is passion.
  19. 19. This is passion.
  20. 20. This is passion.
  21. 21. This is not.
  22. 22. Can’t find the meaning?Don’t present.
  23. 23. Structure
  24. 24. Structure is how you place thebuilding blocks of your story.
  25. 25. Q: What structure to use?A: Any – as long as it is: Convincing Memorable Scalable
  26. 26. Structure choicesProblem – Pathway – SolutionProblem – Solution – ReasoningFancy stuff (if it makes sense)
  27. 27. Give 3-4 reasons supporting your point.They will not remember more anyway.
  28. 28. }Memorable opening 1 More details... 1 argument 2 More details... 3 More details... 2 argument 1 2 More details... More details... 45 3 More details... minutes 1 More details... 3 argument 2 3 More details... More details...Memorable closing
  29. 29. You can tell this in... 5 minutes 15 minutes 45 minutes It is scalable.
  30. 30. Simplicity
  31. 31. “ Everything should be made assimple as possible but not simpler.
  32. 32. Apparently, being simple is not that simple.Will give you some examples.
  33. 33. Don’t worry: knowing thelanguage doesn’t really help.
  34. 34. Notice cool background.
  35. 35. Hey, we’ve got DATA!
  36. 36. This one’s my favorite.
  37. 37. Fundamental problem?
  38. 38. PowerPoint helps to:Visualize ideasCreate key pointsImpress
  39. 39. They use it as: Prompter Handouts Data dumps
  40. 40. People read faster than you speak. This means you are useless.
  41. 41. How much is an extra slide? $0.00. Zero Dollars.Break it in several. It’s free.
  42. 42. What’s the point? One simple point?Remove everything else.
  43. 43. Well, some arejust hopeless.
  44. 44. Ditch stupid “rules”Do you remember the rule: 7 lines per slide or less 7 words per line or less?Well, it is just plain stupidIf you follow this “rule”You get a slide like this
  45. 45. d .Ditch stupid “rules” e p .Do you remember the rule: m g a in 7 lines per slide or less r rC o 7 words per line or less?Well, it is just plain stupid BIf you follow this “rule”You get a slide like this
  46. 46. Simple design rules*One point per slideFew matching coloursVery few fontsPhotos, not clipart * pun intended
  47. 47. Less text. More imagery.Wild imagery.
  48. 48. But what if I need tosend or print the slides?
  49. 49. Write a document
  50. 50. The Largest Leasing Companies•Hansa Leasing•РГ Лизинг•Авангард-Лизинг•Raiffeisen Leasing•ММБ-Лизинг Make 2 sets of slides
  51. 51. Print with notes
  52. 52. Inform with little text* * yes you can
  53. 53. Rehearsal
  54. 54. It will never work completely for the first time. Trust me.
  55. 55. YOU PRESENTATION RECIPIENTFeedback. Go get some.
  56. 56. No audience? Present to thefurniture. But aloud. Try it.
  57. 57. Check the roomand equipment.
  58. 58. Presentation checklist
  59. 59. All this leads to...
  60. 60. Wow* * great presentations
  61. 61. Alexei Kapterev www.kapterev.comThere’s also a book now! Check it out!
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