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