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Death By Powerpoint



Simple & solid methodology to stop annoying people with powerpoints

Simple & solid methodology to stop annoying people with powerpoints



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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 are going on right now* * estimate
  • 50% of them are unbearable* * conservative estimate
  • LOTS of people are killing each other with bad presentations. NOW.
  • They are all DEAD! Well, almost.
  • A vicious circle Bad presentations Bad communication Less training Bad relations Less money Less sales
  • 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? l To “pass the information”? l Your boss told you to? l Or to make meaning?
  • What’s the subject and why 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 not.
  • Can’t find the meaning? Don’t present.
  •  Structure
  • Structure is how you place the building 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 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
  • You can tell this in... l 5 minutes l 15 minutes l 45 minutes It is scalable.
  •  Simplicity
  • Everything should be made as simple as possible but not simpler.
  • Apparently, being simple is not that simple. Will give you some examples.
  • Don’t worry: knowing the language 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 are just hopeless.
  • Ditch stupid “rules” l Do you remember the rule: l 7 lines per slide or less l 7 words per line or less? l Well, it is just plain stupid l If you follow this “rule” l You get a slide like this
  • d . Ditch stupid “rules” e p . l Do you remember the rule: m g a in l 7 lines per slide or less r r C o l 7 words per line or less? l Well, it is just plain stupid B l If you follow this “rule” l You get a slide like this
  • Simple design rules*  One point per slide  Few matching colours  Very few fonts  Photos, not clipart * pun intended
  • Less text. More imagery. Wild imagery.
  • But what if I need to send or print the slides?
  • Write a document.
  • The Largest Leasing Companies • Hansa Leasing • РГ Лизинг • Авангард-Лизинг • Raiffeisen Leasing • ММБ-Лизинг Make 2 sets of slides
  • Print with notes.
  • Inform with little text* * yes you can
  •  Rehearsal
  • YOU PRESENTATION RECEPIENT Feedback. Go get some.
  • No audience? Present to the furniture. But aloud. Try it.
  • Presentation checklist
  • All this leads to...
  • Wow* * great presentations
  • Alexei Kapterev Offshore presentation design & consulting