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"You suck at ppt - an add-on for corporate presenters" is a small add-on review of Jessedee's famous presentation "You Suck at Powerpoint!". We analyze a few points made by Jessedee which may apply to …

"You suck at ppt - an add-on for corporate presenters" is a small add-on review of Jessedee's famous presentation "You Suck at Powerpoint!". We analyze a few points made by Jessedee which may apply to conference speakers but do not apply to corporate presenters.

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  • We are a PRESENTATION AGENCY helping corporations take their ppt's into a new level. Check it out. www.azist.com
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  • We work with corporates daily including engineers, who are famous for producing the most data heavy slides. We are applying all Jesse Dee's design principles for these clients including simplifying slides and moving the heavy stuff to handouts. The only exception would be fonts. Yes, you can convert a PPT to PDF as some have pointed out. However, when you have several people working on the same presentation and you want to be able to update the deck on different computers, sexy fonts don't work that well. So yes, we do use the 'boring' fonts such as Ariel but in more sexy ways...
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  • Save your ppt in pdf format, put in full screen mode and voilà. You won't have problems with fonts and sharing. Plus, you should always share your work in a closed format so pdf is the way you should share it anyways.
    And presentations are not documents, that is still true when we speak about corporate presentations. If you need to give detailed information, just hand documents to your audience and refer to them when you come to that point in the presentation.
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  • I think Duarte Design is a great example of a firm that creates corporate presentations that also follow along with JesseDee's universal design principles. Duarte works with some of the biggest corporate names in the biz and they manage to create visuals that are engaging and cinematic, putting the focus on the presenter. Duarte and Garr Reynolds suggest that dense information be kept on a handout, as that's the purpose of a handout, to provide the audience with dense, complete information. I encourage all corporate presenters to check out Nancy Duarte's HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations. It addresses many of the concerns brought up here.
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  • I totally agree with Eugene and Alex.
    There is always a room for improvement and simplification of 'corporate' presentations!
    Just check out the video concerning the evolution of BCG consultants' slides and you'll see what I'm talking about:
    http://youtu.be/V8Mmcce5D0k
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  • 1. YOU  SUCK  AT  CORPORATE  POWERPOINTA  RESPONSE  TO  JESSE  DEE**TIPS  THAT  DON’T  WORK  IN  CORPORATE  PRESENTATIONS
  • 2. Jesse’s  presentation  makes  some  great  points  but  it  may  have  left  out  our  corporate  presenters
  • 3. There  is  a  lot  of  info  out  there  about  what  makes  a  GREAT  PowerPoint  presentation.
  • 4. Sadly  this  advice  omits  the  needs  of  most  presentersand  focuses  on  conference  speakers.
  • 5. They  have  control  on  their  contentand  can  decide  to  present  minimal  amounts  of  data.
  • 6. The  challenge  for  corporate  presentersis  illustrating  large  amounts  of  data  in  a  pleasing  way.
  • 7. Here  are  a  few  elements  that  work  for  conferencesbut  wouldn’t  work  for  corporate  decks.
  • 8. Jesse  Says:
  • 9. Jesse  Says: We  Think:You  don’t  want  to  include  your  whole  script,  but  cutting  content  is  not  always  possible.If  you  plan  to  share  your  slides  with  clients  and  partners  rather  than  present  them  yourself,  you  will  have  to  keep  a  lot  of  details  that  you  would  typically  eliminate.
  • 10. Jesse  Says:
  • 11. We  Think:Corporate  presenters  wont  have  this  luxury  because  they  have  A  LOT  of  information  that  needs  to  be  visualized.• data• products• graphs• charts• timelines• mapsJesse  Says:
  • 12. Jesse  Says:
  • 13. We  Think:Corporate  presenters  might  not  have  the  luxury  of  reducing  slides  or  content  because  they  are  explaining  a  complex  idea.Depending  on  their  audience,  having  complicated  data  might  not  be  a  problem.Keep  it  relevant  to  your  audience.Jesse  Says:
  • 14. Jesse  Says:
  • 15. We  Think:It  might  be  easier  for  a  conference  speaker  than  a  corporate  presenter  to  find  visuals.Corporate  presenters  need  visuals  that  are  very  specific  to  their  niche  which  is  often  a  challenge  and  needs  custom  design  work.Jesse  Says:
  • 16. Jesse  Says:
  • 17. We  Think:Buying  a  custom  typeface  is  not  very  desirable  because  corporate  presenters  have  to  transport  their  presentations.  Most  computers  wont  have  these  fonts  installed.Also,  the  corporate  presenter  may  have  to  share  his  presentation;  again  making  it  difficult  to  use  custom  fonts.Jesse  Says:
  • 18. Jesse  Says:
  • 19. We  Think:Ok,  a  few  of  these  fonts  are  a  big  a  no  no,  but  the  rest  are  really  not  THAT  bad.  Perhaps  stick  with  a  sans  serif.  Jesse  Says:
  • 20. Jesse  Says:
  • 21. We  Think:There  are  some  great  presentation  tools  out  there  like  Keynote  from  Apple,  and  Prezi,  but  the  market  is  still  dominated  by  PowerPoint,  and  if  you  intend  to  share  your  presentation  you  need  to  make  sure  it  is  available  in  a  format  everyone  can  access.Whether  you  like  it  or  not  Powerpoint  is  your  best  friend  here.Jesse  Says:
  • 22. If  you  haven’t  read  it  yet  got  check  out  the  original  presentation  HERE.Use  our  points  as  an  add-­‐on.
  • 23. Visit  us:  stinsondesign.com