FIGHT THE POWER(POINT)!
DESIGN AND DELIVERY TIPS FOR KICK-ASS PRESENTATIONS
5,000 x 6 x 100 = 3,000,000
“We’re not gonna take it... ANYMORE!”
Dee Snyder, Twisted Sister
PRESENTATION DESIGN
DESIGN IS NOT DECORATION
“Good design is as little design as possible”
Dieter Rams, Design Director (former), Braun
OH, C.R.A.P.
Photo: Flickr / Pete Zarria
This is what poor contrast looks like.
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AFTER
FIGHT THE POWER(POINT)!
DESIGN AND DELIVERY TIPS FOR KICK-ASS PRESENTATIONS
DESIGN IS NOT DECORATION OH, C.R.A.P.
LET’S TA...
This is an example of poor alignment
Photo: treubold 2011
BEFORE
This is an example of better alignment
Photo: treubold 2011
AFTER
Building Better Presentations
All About Proximity
Dr. Jane Smith
Professor and Director
BEFORE
Building Better Presentations
All About Proximity (and Contrast)
Dr. Jane Smith
Professor and Director
AFTER
BEFORE
My Research on all things Water
❖ Water is essential to life on Earth
❖ Freshwater: 13 Trillion Gallons
❖ Glaciers ...
AFTER
One billion people
lack access to clean drinking water
One billion people
lack access to clean drinking water
GRIDS
YOU SHOULD BE IN PICTURES
People remember 10%
of what they hear...
Source: brainrules.net
But up to 65%
of what they hear and see
Source: brainrules.net
The Amazon Rainforest is being cleared at an alarming rate
The Amazon Rainforest is being cleared at an alarming rate
BEFORE
10 Percent
of Minnesota’s electricity
comes from wind power
Source: American Wind Energy Association
BEFORE
10 Percent
of Minnesota’s electricity
comes from wind power
Source: American Wind Energy Association
BEFORE
10 Percent
of Minnesota’s electricity
comes from wind power
Source: American Wind Energy Association
BEFORE
10 Percent
of Minnesota’s electricity
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Source: American Wind Energy Association
BEFORE
10 Percent
of Minnesota’s electricity
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Source: American Wind Energy Association
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AFTER
10 Percent
of Minnesota’s electricity
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Source: American Wind Energy Association
BEFORE
New home construction
declined in 2010
AFTER
New home construction
declined in 2010
AFTER
New home construction
declined in 2010
THIRDS
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NEVER, EVER USE CLIP ART.
IN LIVING COLOR
What does GREEN remind you of?
And RED?
How about ORANGE?
BLUE?
Can your audience see colors?
kuler.adobe.com
MIGHT AS WELL JUMP
LET’S TALK ABOUT TEXT, BABY
Please try to LIMIT the number
of fonts in your presentation
When should you use Comic Sans?
Photo: Flickr / dbkfrog
Photo: Flickr / kristofabrath
When should you use Comic Sans?
A) Presenting to a bunch of clowns
B) Presenting to a bunch of kids
C) A, B or never!C) A,...
Helvetica
75+ Words!
This is my slide with 75+ words. This is my slide with 75+ words.
This is my slide with 75+ words. This is my s...
• Hi, this is my slide with 50+ words
• I’m going to add some bullet points to make it more interesting
• And then I’m goi...
“The audience will either read your slides
or listen to you. They won’t do both.”
Nancy Duarte, Duarte Design
DATA, DATA EVERYWHERE
“Data slides really aren’t about the data.
They’re about the meaning of the data.”
Nancy Duarte, Duarte Design
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RESTRAIN, REDUCE, EMPHASIZE
CAN YOU UNDERSTAND ME NOW?
Random Facts About Alaska’s Forest Products Industry
A detailed county by county analysis: 1980-2010
• Primarily Boreal Fo...
Exit 99 of 124 with additional
exits beyond that we think
Slow down your vehicle and exit here to see the following:
• Res...
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SLIDES ARE FREE
PRESENTATION DEVELOPMENT
BEHIND THE SCENES
HI, NICE TO MEET YOU
Audience
before
Audience
after
What do you want people to do?
Why does it matter?
Source: Mercedes-Benz
CONSTRUCTING YOUR TALK
Chronological
Source: Resonate, Nancy Duarte
Problem-Solution
Climatic
Cause-Effect
And more!
“PowerPoint presentations may be state-of-the-art,
but stories are state-of-the-heart. They connect us.”
Peter Guber, Mand...
1 Identify the problem
Source: The Naked Presenter, Garr Reynolds
2 Determine causes of the problem
3 Show how and why you...
MIGHT AS WELL JUMP
The 10 minute rule
Attention
Span
High
Low
Minutes of Time Elapsed
10 20 30 40 50 60
Source: brainrules.net/attention
Photo: Flickr / How-7
PRESENTATION DELIVERY
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
1 Arrive early
2 Mingle
3 Get people to sit close
4 Don’t forget to breathe
IT’S SHOWTIME!
Photo: Flickr / familymwr
BEFORE
ANALYSIS OF URBAN AIR POLLUTION:
Implications for Global Health and Mortality in the Developed World
Professor John...
AFTER
URBAN AIR POLLUTION: THE SILENT KILLER
Professor John Smith // Department of Health Studies // University of ABC
Pho...
30-60 SECONDS
Photo: Flickr / wwarby
GET A REMOTE
Photo: Flickr / modowd
DON’T HIDE
LEAVE THE LIGHTS ON
DON’T GO LONG
Don’t read your slides
word for word. The audience will
quickly become bored & tune out.
So, please, please, please
don’t ...
“Be yourself. Just a little more interesting.”
Andy Goodman, Cause Communications
CREATE A S.T.A.R. MOMENT
FINISH STRONG
ASK FOR FEEDBACK
RESOURCES
THE
SCIENCE PRESENTATION
COMMANDMENTS
Questions?
Simplify
reub0002@umn.edu / 612.624.6140
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  • @KatharineHuntington Hi Katherine. Very good points. I prepared these slides first and foremost for a live audience and then afterward posted them to SlideShare. Some of them don't make quite as much sense as stand-alone slides. I always pass out a handout following my live talks, so I'd be happy to send that to you in an email. You can find me here: http://ensia.com/about/people/treubold/
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  • Great tips! It would be nice if all the slides were stand alone, with the main point stated concisely in text for the slides that currently just have a big image. Most, but not all slides state the point in writing very effective. I easily guessed what your points were about the clowns, kids, and diving in, but I missed some of the other points. What exactly are you saying with the latrine? What is kuleradobe.com? I am a visual learner, and like everyone I tune out for a moment even when listening to the most compelling presentations, so the problem would not be completely remedied if I had seen the presentation delivered in person. Thanks for this great resource!
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  • Todd Congratulations.
    This is a great presentation, summarizes the most practical recommendations in this topic or thematic. Could you give me permission to translate it into Spanish and share with my colleagues?
    All persons working in the training and education should see your presentation
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  1. 1. FIGHT THE POWER(POINT)! DESIGN AND DELIVERY TIPS FOR KICK-ASS PRESENTATIONS
  2. 2. 5,000 x 6 x 100 = 3,000,000
  3. 3. “We’re not gonna take it... ANYMORE!” Dee Snyder, Twisted Sister
  4. 4. PRESENTATION DESIGN
  5. 5. DESIGN IS NOT DECORATION
  6. 6. “Good design is as little design as possible” Dieter Rams, Design Director (former), Braun
  7. 7. OH, C.R.A.P. Photo: Flickr / Pete Zarria
  8. 8. This is what poor contrast looks like. BEFORE
  9. 9. This is what BETTER CONTRAST looks like. AFTER
  10. 10. FIGHT THE POWER(POINT)! DESIGN AND DELIVERY TIPS FOR KICK-ASS PRESENTATIONS DESIGN IS NOT DECORATION OH, C.R.A.P. LET’S TALK ABOUT TEXT, BABY IN LIVING COLOR CONSTRUCTING YOUR TALK
  11. 11. This is an example of poor alignment Photo: treubold 2011 BEFORE
  12. 12. This is an example of better alignment Photo: treubold 2011 AFTER
  13. 13. Building Better Presentations All About Proximity Dr. Jane Smith Professor and Director BEFORE
  14. 14. Building Better Presentations All About Proximity (and Contrast) Dr. Jane Smith Professor and Director AFTER
  15. 15. BEFORE My Research on all things Water ❖ Water is essential to life on Earth ❖ Freshwater: 13 Trillion Gallons ❖ Glaciers and Ice Caps account for 68.7% ❖ Groundwater is 30.1% of all freshwater ❖ 0.9% is considered water vapor ❖ Surface water is around 0.3% ❖ One billion people lack access to clean drinking water ❖ I just told you a whole bunch of interesting facts! Source: The Book of Everything U of Everything Page 36 www.worldwaterfacts.net/freshwater/jun30/242469.asp
  16. 16. AFTER One billion people lack access to clean drinking water
  17. 17. One billion people lack access to clean drinking water GRIDS
  18. 18. YOU SHOULD BE IN PICTURES
  19. 19. People remember 10% of what they hear... Source: brainrules.net
  20. 20. But up to 65% of what they hear and see Source: brainrules.net
  21. 21. The Amazon Rainforest is being cleared at an alarming rate
  22. 22. The Amazon Rainforest is being cleared at an alarming rate
  23. 23. BEFORE 10 Percent of Minnesota’s electricity comes from wind power Source: American Wind Energy Association
  24. 24. BEFORE 10 Percent of Minnesota’s electricity comes from wind power Source: American Wind Energy Association
  25. 25. BEFORE 10 Percent of Minnesota’s electricity comes from wind power Source: American Wind Energy Association
  26. 26. BEFORE 10 Percent of Minnesota’s electricity comes from wind power Source: American Wind Energy Association
  27. 27. BEFORE 10 Percent of Minnesota’s electricity comes from wind power Source: American Wind Energy Association RandomStockPhoto.com
  28. 28. AFTER 10 Percent of Minnesota’s electricity comes from wind power Source: American Wind Energy Association
  29. 29. BEFORE New home construction declined in 2010
  30. 30. AFTER New home construction declined in 2010
  31. 31. AFTER New home construction declined in 2010
  32. 32. THIRDS
  33. 33. THIRDS
  34. 34. NEVER, EVER USE CLIP ART.
  35. 35. IN LIVING COLOR
  36. 36. What does GREEN remind you of?
  37. 37. And RED?
  38. 38. How about ORANGE?
  39. 39. BLUE?
  40. 40. Can your audience see colors?
  41. 41. kuler.adobe.com
  42. 42. MIGHT AS WELL JUMP
  43. 43. LET’S TALK ABOUT TEXT, BABY
  44. 44. Please try to LIMIT the number of fonts in your presentation
  45. 45. When should you use Comic Sans?
  46. 46. Photo: Flickr / dbkfrog
  47. 47. Photo: Flickr / kristofabrath
  48. 48. When should you use Comic Sans? A) Presenting to a bunch of clowns B) Presenting to a bunch of kids C) A, B or never!C) A, B or never!
  49. 49. Helvetica
  50. 50. 75+ Words! This is my slide with 75+ words. This is my slide with 75+ words. This is my slide with 75+ words. This is my slide with 75+ words. This is my slide with 75+ words. This is my slide with 75+ words. This is my slide with 75+ words. This is my slide with 75+ words. This is my slide with 75+ words. This is my slide with 75+ words. And now for the next 50 slides... Can you say “slide-ument”?
  51. 51. • Hi, this is my slide with 50+ words • I’m going to add some bullet points to make it more interesting • And then I’m going to to read the slide • Nearly word for word • Are we having fun yet? • Phew, are we to 50 yet? No? • OK, this is the last line - I promise! Can you say “teleprompter”? 50+ Words!
  52. 52. “The audience will either read your slides or listen to you. They won’t do both.” Nancy Duarte, Duarte Design
  53. 53. DATA, DATA EVERYWHERE
  54. 54. “Data slides really aren’t about the data. They’re about the meaning of the data.” Nancy Duarte, Duarte Design
  55. 55. !"!# !"$# %"!# %"$# &"!# &"$# '()*(+,-./0# 1(.2-+3# 4(+2-.5# 67(/(.# 8(,9:;2# <"="# <6># '()*(+,-. /0# 1(.2-+3# 4(+2-.5# 67(/(.# 8(,9:;2# <"="# <6># =:,?2()(+0#@5@,(/#A(+#A(+0?.#A(+#/-5# &"$# %"B# !"C# !"D# !"$# !"&# !"%# !"#$%&'&()*+,+#&-*.&(*.&()$/*.&(*-0,* BEFORE
  56. 56. !"#$"%&'()*+, -./, 0"(1'%2+,3.4, 5"%1'(6+,7.8, 9:")"(+,7.;, <"&=>?1+,7./, @.A.+,7.-, @9B+,7.3,!"!# !"$# %"!# %"$# &"!# &"$# '"!# !# %# &# '# (# $# )# *# +# A1,C"%,)'6, D'(2, A>&E1"#"%*,F6F&"),C"%,C"%*E(,C"%,)'6, ,-./012134#565.17#813#8134/9#813#7:6# BEFORE
  57. 57. !"#$ %&#$ '(#$ ''#$ )#$ !#$ '#$ !"#$%&'&()*+,+#&-*.&(*.&()$/*.&(*-0,* *+,-+./0123$ 4+150.6$ 7+.5018$ 9:+2+1$ ;+/<=>5$ ?@A@$ ?9B$ BEFORE
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bunch of text. Lots and lots of text to explain the charts and graphs. A bunch of text. Lots and lots of text to explain the charts and graphs. A bunch of text. Lots and lots of text to explain the charts and graphs... Photo: Flickr / Salim Virgi BEFORE
  59. 59. !"#$ %&#$ '(#$ ''#$ )#$ !#$ '#$ !"#$%&'&()*+,+#&-*.&(*.&()$/*.&(*-0,* *+,-+./0123$ 4+150.6$ 7+.5018$ 9:+2+1$ ;+/<=>5$ ?@A@$ ?9B$ BEFORE
  60. 60. 0 0.75 1.5 2.25 3 USA UK Belgium Sweden Germany Denmark Netherlands Kilometers cycled per person per day AFTER
  61. 61. 0 0.75 1.5 2.25 3 USA UK Belgium Sweden Germany Denmark Netherlands Kilometers cycled per person per day 0.1 1.6 AFTER
  62. 62. 0 0.75 1.5 2.25 3 USA UK Belgium Sweden Germany Denmark Netherlands Danes cycle 16x further than Americans each day 0.1 km 1.6 km Kmperday AFTER
  63. 63. One more thing about data
  64. 64. 100 billion gallons of oil are used in the production of polymers each year (Enough to fill the Metrodome 200 times)
  65. 65. RESTRAIN, REDUCE, EMPHASIZE
  66. 66. CAN YOU UNDERSTAND ME NOW?
  67. 67. Random Facts About Alaska’s Forest Products Industry A detailed county by county analysis: 1980-2010 • Primarily Boreal Forest • No endangered or threatened species in Alaska’s forests • Provides hundreds of jobs and contributes millions to the economy •Wood is renewable, biodegradable and recyclable • Americans consume 630 lbs of paper and lumber per year • Alaska has 129 million forested acres • The Tongas National Forest is the largest forest in the United States • The forest spans 16.8 million acres - that’s a LOT of trees When President Theodore Roosevelt created the Tongass National Forest in 1907 he did so with the utmost wisdom. Roosevelt was way ahead of his time, recognizing as early as 1903 the importance of multiple use. Source: The Book of Forest Facts Slide 30/100
  68. 68. Exit 99 of 124 with additional exits beyond that we think Slow down your vehicle and exit here to see the following: • Restaurants: Chuckwagon, Cowboy Grille, Aunt Betty’s Pies, Fish Shack • Gas stations: Super 88, Gas n’ Go, Truckers Superstore, Al’s Oil • Hotels: Motel 99, Spirit of the West Inn, Sleep Palace, Otto’s Place • Sights: Biggest Wagon Wheel in the West, Big Bear Waterslide, The Turquoise Connection, River Run Outlet Mall, Big Mike’s Hotrods Sign presented by: The Department of Highway Signs
  69. 69. The wrong questions
  70. 70. SLIDES ARE FREE
  71. 71. PRESENTATION DEVELOPMENT
  72. 72. BEHIND THE SCENES
  73. 73. HI, NICE TO MEET YOU
  74. 74. Audience before Audience after
  75. 75. What do you want people to do? Why does it matter?
  76. 76. Source: Mercedes-Benz
  77. 77. CONSTRUCTING YOUR TALK
  78. 78. Chronological Source: Resonate, Nancy Duarte Problem-Solution Climatic Cause-Effect And more!
  79. 79. “PowerPoint presentations may be state-of-the-art, but stories are state-of-the-heart. They connect us.” Peter Guber, Mandalay Entertainment
  80. 80. 1 Identify the problem Source: The Naked Presenter, Garr Reynolds 2 Determine causes of the problem 3 Show how and why you solved the problem
  81. 81. MIGHT AS WELL JUMP
  82. 82. The 10 minute rule Attention Span High Low Minutes of Time Elapsed 10 20 30 40 50 60 Source: brainrules.net/attention
  83. 83. Photo: Flickr / How-7
  84. 84. PRESENTATION DELIVERY
  85. 85. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
  86. 86. 1 Arrive early 2 Mingle 3 Get people to sit close 4 Don’t forget to breathe
  87. 87. IT’S SHOWTIME!
  88. 88. Photo: Flickr / familymwr
  89. 89. BEFORE ANALYSIS OF URBAN AIR POLLUTION: Implications for Global Health and Mortality in the Developed World Professor John Smith Department of Health Studies University of ABC DEPARTMENTAL LECTURE SERIES May 1, 2010
  90. 90. AFTER URBAN AIR POLLUTION: THE SILENT KILLER Professor John Smith // Department of Health Studies // University of ABC Photo: Flickr / Sunset Noir
  91. 91. 30-60 SECONDS Photo: Flickr / wwarby
  92. 92. GET A REMOTE
  93. 93. Photo: Flickr / modowd
  94. 94. DON’T HIDE
  95. 95. LEAVE THE LIGHTS ON
  96. 96. DON’T GO LONG
  97. 97. Don’t read your slides word for word. The audience will quickly become bored & tune out. So, please, please, please don’t do this.
  98. 98. “Be yourself. Just a little more interesting.” Andy Goodman, Cause Communications
  99. 99. CREATE A S.T.A.R. MOMENT
  100. 100. FINISH STRONG
  101. 101. ASK FOR FEEDBACK
  102. 102. RESOURCES
  103. 103. THE SCIENCE PRESENTATION COMMANDMENTS
  104. 104. Questions?
  105. 105. Simplify reub0002@umn.edu / 612.624.6140
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