Slide Death
(and how to fight it)

Aditya Raj Gontia
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
presentation

Bad
communication

Less
training

Less
money

Bad
relations
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?
To “pass the information”?
Your boss told you to?

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 passion.
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...

2
3

More details...

2 argument

1
2
3

More details...

3 argument

1
2
3

More de...
You can tell this in...
5 minutes
15 minutes
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”
Do you remember the rule:
7 lines per slide or less
7 words per line or less?

Well, it is just plain...
D
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 ...
Print with notes
Inform with little text*

* yes you can


Rehearsal
It will never work completely
for the first time. Trust me.
YOU

PRESENTATION

RECIPIENT

Feedback. Go get some.
No audience? Present to the
furniture. But aloud. Try it.
Check the room
and equipment.
Presentation checklist
All this leads to...
Wow*

* great presentations
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  1. 1. Slide Death (and how to fight it) Aditya Raj Gontia
  2. 2. There are 300 million PowerPoint users in the world* * estimate
  3. 3. They do 30 million presentations each day* * estimate
  4. 4. About a million presentations are going on right now* * estimate
  5. 5. 50% of them are unbearable* * conservative estimate
  6. 6. LOTS of people are killing each other with bad presentations. NOW.
  7. 7. They are all DEAD! Well, almost.
  8. 8. A vicious circle Bad presentation Bad communication Less training Less money Bad relations Less sales
  9. 9. Let’s make the world a better place.
  10. 10. Why are they doing it?!
  11. 11. Research shows: Bullets don’t kill people People kill people Unintentionally Yet regularly
  12. 12. Mainly due to lack of... Significance Structure Simplicity Rehearsal
  13. 13.  Significance
  14. 14. Why do you present? To “pass the information”? Your boss told you to? Or to make meaning?
  15. 15. What’s the subject and why it matters to you?
  16. 16. How presentations work Significance creates passion Passion attracts attention Attention leads to action
  17. 17. Are you passionate? Check yourself.
  18. 18. This is passion.
  19. 19. This is passion.
  20. 20. This is passion.
  21. 21. This is not.
  22. 22. Can’t find the meaning? Don’t present.
  23. 23.  Structure
  24. 24. Structure is how you place the building blocks of your story.
  25. 25. Q: What structure to use? A: Any - as long as it is: Convincing Memorable Scalable
  26. 26. Structure choices Problem - Pathway - Solution Problem - Solution - Reasoning Fancy stuff (if it makes sense)
  27. 27. Give 3-4 reasons supporting your point. They will not remember more anyway.
  28. 28. Memorable opening 1 More details... 2 3 More details... 2 argument 1 2 3 More details... 3 argument 1 2 3 More details... 1 argument More details... More details... More details... More details... More details... Memorable closing 45 minutes
  29. 29. You can tell this in... 5 minutes 15 minutes 45 minutes It is scalable.
  30. 30.  Simplicity
  31. 31. “ Everything should be made as simple as possible but not simpler.
  32. 32. Apparently, being simple is not that simple. Will give you some examples.
  33. 33. Don’t worry: knowing the language doesn’t really help.
  34. 34. Notice cool background.
  35. 35. Hey, we’ve got DATA!
  36. 36. This one’s my favorite.
  37. 37. Fundamental problem?
  38. 38. PowerPoint helps to: Visualize ideas Create key points Impress
  39. 39. They use it as:  Prompter  Handouts  Data dumps
  40. 40. People read faster than you speak. This means you are useless.
  41. 41. How much is an extra slide? $0.00. Zero Dollars. Break it in several. It’s free.
  42. 42. What’s the point? One simple point? Remove everything else.
  43. 43. Well, some are just hopeless.
  44. 44. Ditch stupid “rules” Do you remember the rule: 7 lines per slide or less 7 words per line or less? Well, it is just plain stupid If you follow this “rule” You get a slide like this
  45. 45. D
  46. 46. Simple design rules* One point per slide Few matching colours Very few fonts Photos, not clipart * pun intended
  47. 47. Less text. More imagery. Wild imagery.
  48. 48. But what if I need to send or print the slides?
  49. 49. Write a document
  50. 50. The Largest Leasing Companies •Hansa Leasing •РГ Лизинг •Авангард-Лизинг •Raiffeisen Leasing •ММБ-Лизинг Make 2 sets of slides
  51. 51. Print with notes
  52. 52. Inform with little text* * yes you can
  53. 53.  Rehearsal
  54. 54. It will never work completely for the first time. Trust me.
  55. 55. YOU PRESENTATION RECIPIENT Feedback. Go get some.
  56. 56. No audience? Present to the furniture. But aloud. Try it.
  57. 57. Check the room and equipment.
  58. 58. Presentation checklist
  59. 59. All this leads to...
  60. 60. Wow* * great presentations

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