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Giving a presentation without putting your audience to sleep.

Giving a presentation without putting your audience to sleep.



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  • Good afternoon and welcome to &#x201C;Presentation Zen&#x201D;. <br /> I am Phil Toland <br /> I work in IT on Customer Portal <br /> I will be giving today&#x2019;s Lunch and Learn presentation
  • This is a presentation about presentations <br /> A &#x201C;meta presentation&#x201D; <br /> I will talk about using slideware as a communication tool <br /> I will not talk about how to create a presentation in powerpoint
  • Bad presentation anecdote: Vendor presentation <br /> Presenter did not know the subject matter, was reading slides <br /> &#x201C;I don&#x2019;t know what this slide is trying to say&#x201D;, &#x201C;I think this slide is trying to say...&#x201D; <br /> Typical of bad presentations, we left the room annoyed with the vendor
  • We will start out by looking at some new and different presentation styles <br /> Different ways to approach the problem <br /> Mine for inspiration and ideas
  • Takahashi is a developer who was asked to give a five minute presentation <br /> He didn&#x2019;t have powerpoint or graphics software, yet he wanted to make a good impression <br /> He decided to put a few carefully chosen characters on the screen for each slide
  • This style is known as the Takahashi Method <br /> The characters on the screen are carefully chosen to have the most impact <br /> Overlap of written language and art
  • Uses very large fonts <br /> A few characters take up the whole screen <br /> Audience doesn&#x2019;t have to spend a long time looking at the screen to understand
  • The large characters are easy to see from all points in the room <br /> The simplicity of the slide does not distract from the speaker
  • Larry Lessig, attorney and law professor at Stanford <br /> Involved with the EFF and created the Creative Commons <br /> Advocate for &#x201C;free culture&#x201D; and copyright reforms
  • Similar to the Takahashi method
  • Lessig&#x2019;s slides often contain a single word
  • quote
  • or photo
  • Best example of Lessig Method was keynote given by Dick Hardt at OSCON 2005 <br /> We are going to watch the first three minutes
  • Hardt made good use of animations, they were subtle <br /> Pacing was good but difficult to maintain <br /> Requires lots of planning <br /> Talk was only 15 minutes long
  • Guy Kawasaki, venture capitalist <br /> Gives a lot of presentations <br /> Listens to a lot of business pitches
  • Tired of boring presentations <br /> Top 10 format gives some idea of progress <br /> Kawasaki uses top 10 for all of his presentations
  • 10 slides <br /> 10 major ideas <br /> helps keep things simple
  • Kawasaki&#x2019;s advice to people pitching business ideas to him <br /> the 10/20/30 rule <br /> Extension of top 10 format
  • Gives time for question and answer <br /> Padding for, eg projector failure <br /> People show up late and leave early
  • Easy to see <br /> c.f. Takahashi method
  • fonts should probably be much bigger <br /> I use 96pt in this presentation
  • Look at two very different presentation styles <br /> Consider the styles, not the individual presenting or the company they represent
  • Very dynamic and open style <br /> Known for his ability to hold an audience <br /> Every &#x201C;Stevenote&#x201D; is sold out
  • Simple...three main elements <br /> Immediately clear <br /> A prop, not the main message
  • Is that litter? <br /> Too many different colors <br /> Information overload
  • Simple graphic <br /> Supports what Steve is saying <br /> Doesn&#x2019;t take attention away from Steve
  • Takes attention away from Bill <br /> Too much...doesn&#x2019;t support a single point well <br /> Is it raining on the iMac?
  • Steve is comfortable with himself on stage <br /> Comes out close to the audience <br /> Uses blank screen to focus attention on himself
  • Bullet points as a crutch <br /> Bill is not as comfortable...nervous gesture of bringing hands together <br /> Stays back from the audience <br /> At least move each bullet point to a different slide
  • These are all examples to be learned from
  • Advice from Edward Tufte...
  • Edward Tufte <br /> &#x201C;Never apologize. If you&#x2019;re worried the presentation won&#x2019;t go well, keep it to yourself and give it your best shot. Besides, people are usually too preoccupied with their own problems to notice yours.&#x201C;
  • Edward Tufte: <br /> &#x201C;Be sure to allow long pauses for questions.&#x201D;

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  • presentation zen
  • meta presentation
  • presentation styles
  • Masayoshi Takahashi
  • The Takahashi Method
  • huge characters
  • easy to see
  • Larry Lessig
  • The Lessig Method
  • Dick Hardt @ OSCON 2005
  • Guy Kawasaki
  • The Kawasaki Method
  • top 10 format
  • 10 slides 10 major ideas
  • 10/20/30 rule
  • 10 slides
  • 20 minutes
  • 30 point font
  • (minimum)
  • a contrast in styles
  • Steve Jobs
  • Bill Gates
  • what can we learn?
  • top 10 list
  • (10)
  • have a clear goal...
  • ...for the presentation...
  • ...and each slide.
  • know your message
  • (9)
  • slides are a visual aid
  • slides are not the main event...
  • you are the main event.
  • (8)
  • know your audience
  • context matters
  • not “good” or “bad”
  • “appropriate” (or not)
  • (7)
  • be “open”
  • body language matters
  • attitude matters
  • connect with the audience
  • face the audience
  • (6)
  • apologies are bad
  • pauses are good
  • (5)
  • simple...
  • (no more than 6 to 10 words per slide)
  • ...but not simplistic
  • bullet points are bad
  • m’kay
  • focus on clarity
  • (4)
  • use notes...
  • ...but don’t use your slides as notes.
  • (3)
  • there is no #3
  • (humor is good)
  • (2)
  • powerpoint is not good for...
  • ...complex concepts
  • ...lots of words
  • ...inspiring an audience.
  • (1)
  • DON’T
  • USE
  • (‘nuff said)
  • (0)
  • there are no rules
  • Remember...
  • only you can prevent bad presentations.
  • Resources
  • Edward R. Tufte
  • The Cognitive Style of Powerpoint
  • Beautiful Evidence
  • finis