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'Saved by PowerPoint'


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PowerPoint has killed people - yes - that's no lie. Join me for a quick talk on how to avoid PowerPoint casualties. We will discuss some examples and tips that will help you save lives - yes - for real!

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'Saved by PowerPoint'

  1. 1. Saved by PowerPoint Ahsan Saleem – March 2014
  2. 2. Agenda  PowerPoint casualties  How to protect humans from PowerPoint? and .. I will use PowerPoint for today’s talk
  3. 3. We have been there ..
  4. 4. More Serious Stuff - US Strategy in Afghanistan
  5. 5. wtf!
  6. 6. NASA Shuttle Columbia Disaster 2003
  7. 7. Columbia Shuttle – Death by PowerPoint
  8. 8. Edward Tuft (Information Visualization Specialist) analyzed NASA Team’s presentation on a launch incident with Columbia Shuttle and concluded that a bad PowerPoint presentation was one of the major reasons why NASA could not assess proper risk
  9. 9. Growing dislike for PowerPoint
  10. 10. “The use of presentations has been a disaster. It should be ditched” Research by University of New South Wales
  11. 11. Bill Gates and his Slides: Too much content and a sleeping audience!
  12. 12. PowerPoint is the Devil!
  13. 13. Who will save PowerPoint and Presentations – and Us?
  14. 14. Less and meaningful content on slides
  15. 15. Jobs to Audience: Ever wondered why we had this small pocket in pocket ?
  16. 16. To keep iPod Nano!
  17. 17. How to make audience realize how super thin and light MacBook Air is?
  18. 18. Who is a visual artist here?
  19. 19. Al Gore – An Inconvenient Truth Using a crane to show the really high CO2 Spike
  20. 20. Randy Pausch – The Last lecture ‘You will get arrows in the back pursuing big dreams in life’, and ‘I have Cancer but I am still strong’
  21. 21. Jane McGonigal Jill Bolte Maysoon Zayid Some Amazing TED Speakers made it personal and people remembered
  22. 22. PowerPoint – Angel or Devil?
  23. 23. What’s wrong these slides?
  24. 24. Slide  This page contains too many words for a presentation slide. It is not written in bullets, making it difficult both for your audience to read and for you to present properly. Although more words will not convey anything extra but now it looks much more complicated. In short, your audience will spend too much time trying to read this paragraph instead of listening to you.
  25. 25. Slide  Using a font color that does not contrast with the background color is hard to read  Using color for decoration is distracting and annoying.  Using a different color for each point is unnecessary – Using a different color for secondary points is also unnecessary  Trying to be creative can also be bad
  26. 26. Slide • Avoid backgrounds that are distracting or difficult to read from • Always be consistent with the background that you use
  27. 27. Items Sold in First Quarter of 2002 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 January February March April Blue Balls Red Balls
  28. 28. Items Sold in First Quarter of 2002 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 January February March April Blue Balls Red Balls Items Sold in First Quarter 2013
  30. 30.  OMG! This presenter can use animations  I can not focus what the presenter is saying as these animations are totally distracting  OK now! Stop bouncing and let me read  Finally! Animations – Important?
  31. 31. Karma For Presentations  Focus on telling a story and not teaching  PowerPoint is a visual aid NOT a document  Look at audience not your slides and hold their attention  Learn PowerPoint and do not use default templates for new slides. A plain empty slide is the best canvas
  32. 32. This is the Canvas you want to start creating your presentation
  33. 33. What Really helps  Overcome fear of public speaking  Love your topic  Know your topic  Have fun
  34. 34. ‘Never be boring’ Thank You!