MAKING GREAT
PRESENTATIONS
Ian Lurie
@portentint
ian@portent.com
This + links at
http://portent.co/wsaslides
THEIR DAD
I WORK ON THE INTERNET
I WORK ON THE INTERNET
I’M A NERD
I WRITE A LOT
SOLD 12 COPIES
(10 TO MY MOM)
I’VE DONE PRESENTATIONS
LET’S TALK ABOUT
PRESENTATIONS
LESSON 1:
KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE
THE GREAT TREE-TYING
CONTROVERSY OF 2008
WHAT DID I
JUST DO?
I TOLD A STORY
THAT’S WHAT
PRESENTATIONS DO
HOW THIS WILL GO
PLANNING
CREATING
QUESTIONS?
PLANNING
PRESENTATION ≠ SLIDES
PRESENTATION = YOUR INFO
THE GOAL ≠ PRETTY
PHHBBT
Apologies to My Little Pony
THE GOAL = MEMORY
PEOPLE REMEMBER STORIES
PEOPLE REMEMBER SMALL BITES
WRITE SLIDES
REHEARSE
TALK
STEP 1
WRITE
WHY = VALUE
ON ANYTHING
REALLY
really?!!!!
you can even take
notes on pinkie pie
you can even take
notes on pinkie pie
you can even take
notes on ...
WHY
HOW
WHAT
TELL ME WHY I SHOULD CARE
(STORIES WORK REALLY WELL)
THIS IS A LARGE, SEMI-AQUATIC
RODENT WITH THICK FUR.
yawn
IF YOU LIKE
DOG-SIZED
RODENTS THAT
ALWAYS LOOK
COOL, THEN
CAPYBARAS ARE
FOR YOU.
@!#*&
yeah.
I’M GOING TO
TELL YOU ABOUT
THE WEIRDEST
RODENT YOU’VE
EVER SEEN.
@!#*&
yeah.
THE ‘HOW’
SAY WHAT YOU’LL SAY
SAY WHAT YOU’RE SAYING
SAY WHAT YOU SAID
“HERE’S HOW THIS WILL GO”
WHAT = THE FACTS
PUPPIES
WHY: THEY’RE CUTE
HOW
THE GOOD
THE BAD
THE REALLY BAD
WHAT
1.  TALK ABOUT MY PUPPY
2.  THEY’RE DUMB
3.  BUT THEY’R...
MAKING THE SLIDES
TAKE WHAT YOU WROTE
GET YOUR FACTS
GET YOUR
IMAGES
NOW DO THE SLIDES
CLEAR > FANCY
CLEAN > MESSY
NOT CLEAR. MESSY.
NOT CLEAR. MESSY.
LOOKS AWFUL
NOT CLEAR. MESSY.
TOO
MUCH
TO PROCESS
NOT CLEAR. MESSY.
•  Hey, check this out. If you can read all of this, I salute you.
This is some painful stuff.
•  This i...
NOT CLEAR. MESSY.
•  And no, adding a
random image or two
doesn’t help, either.
•  This is still really hard
to read and i...
SLIDES ≠ A REPORT
CLEAR. NOT MESSY.
BLEEP
BLEEP
LOOKS COOL
CLEAR. NOT MESSY.
NOT BROKEN
DETAILED
BLEEP
CLEAR. NOT MESSY.
EASY TO
REMEMBER
BLEEP
CLEAR. NOT MESSY.
EASY TO
REMEMBER
CLEAR. NOT MESSY.
NO BULLETS
EVERY TIME YOU USE BULLETS
http://upload.wikimedia.org/
wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7d/
4_Kittens.jpg/
800px-4_Kittens.jpg
EVERY TIME YOU USE BULLETS
http://upload.wikimedia.org/
wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7d/
4_Kittens.jpg/
800px-4_Kittens.jpg
m...
EVERY TIME YOU USE BULLETS
http://upload.wikimedia.org/
wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7d/
4_Kittens.jpg/
800px-4_Kittens.jpg
m...
TIP #5
NO BULLETS
(except for lists)
noooo…
From University of Wisconsin-Madison
https://academictech.doit.wisc.edu/tags/t...
1 FACT OR IDEA PER SLIDE
(SMALL BITES)
32+ PT
COLORS FOR EMPHASIS
FOR SUPER EMPHASIS
VARY TYPE SIZES.
HIGH CONTRAST
NOT LOW CONTRAST
VARY SIZES AND SPACING FOR A
NICE SQUARE LOOK
VARY SIZES AND SPACING FOR A
NICE SQUARE LOOK
1: RIGHT-CLICK 2:
3:
NO WIGGLING
NO SQUIRMING
(IT’S DISTRACTING)
CUT AND PASTE AND
IT WON’T MOVE
CUT AND PASTE AND
IT WON’T MOVE
it didn’t move
right?
PICTURES? SURE.
JUST MAKE THEM
MAKE SENSE.
JUST MAKE THEM
MAKE SENSE.
k thx bai
THEY SHOULD REINFORCE
WHAT YOU’RE SAYING
PRACTICE
DON’T LOOK AT THE SLIDES
(MUCH)
CHECK HOW LONG IT TAKES
THOSE PRESENTATION
ANIMALS?
image search, then
free to use or share
wuv you
PLAN
CREATE
PRACTICE
TAKE A BOW
IAN
IAN@PORTENT.COM
This + links at
http://portent.co/wsaslides
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Great presentations mean less, not more. Make 'em simple and easy to read, and DON'T TREAT YOUR PRESENTATION AS YOUR SCRIPT.

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  1. 1. MAKING GREAT PRESENTATIONS Ian Lurie @portentint ian@portent.com
  2. 2. This + links at http://portent.co/wsaslides
  3. 3. THEIR DAD
  4. 4. I WORK ON THE INTERNET
  5. 5. I WORK ON THE INTERNET I’M A NERD
  6. 6. I WRITE A LOT SOLD 12 COPIES (10 TO MY MOM)
  7. 7. I’VE DONE PRESENTATIONS
  8. 8. LET’S TALK ABOUT PRESENTATIONS
  9. 9. LESSON 1: KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE
  10. 10. THE GREAT TREE-TYING CONTROVERSY OF 2008
  11. 11. WHAT DID I JUST DO?
  12. 12. I TOLD A STORY
  13. 13. THAT’S WHAT PRESENTATIONS DO
  14. 14. HOW THIS WILL GO PLANNING CREATING QUESTIONS?
  15. 15. PLANNING
  16. 16. PRESENTATION ≠ SLIDES
  17. 17. PRESENTATION = YOUR INFO
  18. 18. THE GOAL ≠ PRETTY PHHBBT Apologies to My Little Pony
  19. 19. THE GOAL = MEMORY
  20. 20. PEOPLE REMEMBER STORIES PEOPLE REMEMBER SMALL BITES
  21. 21. WRITE SLIDES REHEARSE TALK
  22. 22. STEP 1 WRITE
  23. 23. WHY = VALUE ON ANYTHING
  24. 24. REALLY really?!!!! you can even take notes on pinkie pie you can even take notes on pinkie pie you can even take notes on pinkie pie you can even take notes on pinkie pie you can even take notes on pinkie pie
  25. 25. WHY HOW WHAT
  26. 26. TELL ME WHY I SHOULD CARE (STORIES WORK REALLY WELL)
  27. 27. THIS IS A LARGE, SEMI-AQUATIC RODENT WITH THICK FUR. yawn
  28. 28. IF YOU LIKE DOG-SIZED RODENTS THAT ALWAYS LOOK COOL, THEN CAPYBARAS ARE FOR YOU. @!#*& yeah.
  29. 29. I’M GOING TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE WEIRDEST RODENT YOU’VE EVER SEEN. @!#*& yeah.
  30. 30. THE ‘HOW’ SAY WHAT YOU’LL SAY SAY WHAT YOU’RE SAYING SAY WHAT YOU SAID
  31. 31. “HERE’S HOW THIS WILL GO”
  32. 32. WHAT = THE FACTS
  33. 33. PUPPIES WHY: THEY’RE CUTE HOW THE GOOD THE BAD THE REALLY BAD WHAT 1.  TALK ABOUT MY PUPPY 2.  THEY’RE DUMB 3.  BUT THEY’RE CUDDLY 4.  BUT THEY EAT CAT POO
  34. 34. MAKING THE SLIDES
  35. 35. TAKE WHAT YOU WROTE
  36. 36. GET YOUR FACTS
  37. 37. GET YOUR IMAGES
  38. 38. NOW DO THE SLIDES
  39. 39. CLEAR > FANCY
  40. 40. CLEAN > MESSY
  41. 41. NOT CLEAR. MESSY.
  42. 42. NOT CLEAR. MESSY. LOOKS AWFUL
  43. 43. NOT CLEAR. MESSY. TOO MUCH TO PROCESS
  44. 44. NOT CLEAR. MESSY. •  Hey, check this out. If you can read all of this, I salute you. This is some painful stuff. •  This is a ‘presentation’ that was designed to be read, not heard. While that may be OK if you’re writing a report, it’s not ok when you’re creating a presentation. •  When folks see a slide like this, their brains scream, flip over and run away at top speed. •  Why? Because our brains respond best when they get to absorb spoken words, emphasized by images or other stuff. •  They’re NOT designed to absorb tons of written text on a screen while someone reads that text to them. It causes a total tune-out.
  45. 45. NOT CLEAR. MESSY. •  And no, adding a random image or two doesn’t help, either. •  This is still really hard to read and it just goes on and on until you can’t read any more and your eyes are starting to water and you’re sick of looking at pictures and all you want to do is move on to the next class am I right?
  46. 46. SLIDES ≠ A REPORT
  47. 47. CLEAR. NOT MESSY. BLEEP
  48. 48. BLEEP LOOKS COOL CLEAR. NOT MESSY.
  49. 49. NOT BROKEN DETAILED BLEEP CLEAR. NOT MESSY.
  50. 50. EASY TO REMEMBER BLEEP CLEAR. NOT MESSY.
  51. 51. EASY TO REMEMBER CLEAR. NOT MESSY.
  52. 52. NO BULLETS
  53. 53. EVERY TIME YOU USE BULLETS http://upload.wikimedia.org/ wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7d/ 4_Kittens.jpg/ 800px-4_Kittens.jpg
  54. 54. EVERY TIME YOU USE BULLETS http://upload.wikimedia.org/ wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7d/ 4_Kittens.jpg/ 800px-4_Kittens.jpg meep? BULLETS KILL KITTENS 2011 – Dave Estment
  55. 55. EVERY TIME YOU USE BULLETS http://upload.wikimedia.org/ wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7d/ 4_Kittens.jpg/ 800px-4_Kittens.jpg meep? ANIMATION KILLS KITTENS 2011 – Dave Estment
  56. 56. TIP #5 NO BULLETS (except for lists) noooo… From University of Wisconsin-Madison https://academictech.doit.wisc.edu/tags/tags/powerpoint?page=3
  57. 57. 1 FACT OR IDEA PER SLIDE (SMALL BITES)
  58. 58. 32+ PT
  59. 59. COLORS FOR EMPHASIS
  60. 60. FOR SUPER EMPHASIS VARY TYPE SIZES.
  61. 61. HIGH CONTRAST NOT LOW CONTRAST
  62. 62. VARY SIZES AND SPACING FOR A NICE SQUARE LOOK
  63. 63. VARY SIZES AND SPACING FOR A NICE SQUARE LOOK 1: RIGHT-CLICK 2:
  64. 64. 3:
  65. 65. NO WIGGLING
  66. 66. NO SQUIRMING (IT’S DISTRACTING)
  67. 67. CUT AND PASTE AND IT WON’T MOVE
  68. 68. CUT AND PASTE AND IT WON’T MOVE it didn’t move right?
  69. 69. PICTURES? SURE.
  70. 70. JUST MAKE THEM MAKE SENSE.
  71. 71. JUST MAKE THEM MAKE SENSE. k thx bai
  72. 72. THEY SHOULD REINFORCE WHAT YOU’RE SAYING
  73. 73. PRACTICE
  74. 74. DON’T LOOK AT THE SLIDES (MUCH)
  75. 75. CHECK HOW LONG IT TAKES
  76. 76. THOSE PRESENTATION ANIMALS?
  77. 77. image search, then
  78. 78. free to use or share
  79. 79. wuv you
  80. 80. PLAN CREATE PRACTICE
  81. 81. TAKE A BOW IAN IAN@PORTENT.COM This + links at http://portent.co/wsaslides
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