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presentation zen
meta presentation
presentation styles
Masayoshi Takahashi
The Takahashi Method
huge characters
easy to see
Larry Lessig
The Lessig Method
Dick Hardt @
OSCON 2005
Guy Kawasaki
The Kawasaki
  Method
top 10 format
10 slides
10 major ideas
10/20/30 rule
10 slides
20 minutes
30 point font
(minimum)
a contrast in styles
Steve Jobs
Bill Gates
what can we learn?
top 10 list
(10)
have a clear goal...
...for the
presentation...
...and each slide.
know your message
(9)
slides are a visual aid
slides are not the
   main event...
you are the main
     event.
(8)
know your audience
context matters
not “good” or “bad”
“appropriate”
   (or not)
(7)
be “open”
body language
  matters
attitude matters
connect with the
   audience
http://davidrodgers.us/blog/?p=21
face the audience
(6)
apologies are bad
pauses are good
(5)
simple...
(no more than 6 to
10 words per slide)
...but not simplistic
bullet points are bad
m’kay
focus on clarity
(4)
use notes...
...but don’t use your
    slides as notes.
(3)
there is no #3
(humor is good)
(2)
powerpoint is not
   good for...
...complex concepts
...lots of words
...inspiring an
   audience.
(1)
DON’T
USE
BULLET POINTS!
(‘nuff said)
(0)
there are no rules
Remember...
only you can prevent
 bad presentations.
Resources
Edward R. Tufte
The Cognitive Style of
    Powerpoint
Beautiful Evidence
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Presentation Zen

Editor's Notes

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. We will start out by looking at some new and different presentation styles Different ways to approach the problem Mine for inspiration and ideas
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. The large characters are easy to see from all points in the room The simplicity of the slide does not distract from the speaker
  9. Larry Lessig, attorney and law professor at Stanford Involved with the EFF and created the Creative Commons Advocate for “free culture” and copyright reforms
  10. Similar to the Takahashi method
  11. Lessig’s slides often contain a single word
  12. quote
  13. or photo
  14. Best example of Lessig Method was keynote given by Dick Hardt at OSCON 2005 We are going to watch the first three minutes
  15. 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
  16. Guy Kawasaki, venture capitalist Gives a lot of presentations Listens to a lot of business pitches
  17. Tired of boring presentations Top 10 format gives some idea of progress Kawasaki uses top 10 for all of his presentations
  18. 10 slides 10 major ideas helps keep things simple
  19. Kawasaki’s advice to people pitching business ideas to him the 10/20/30 rule Extension of top 10 format
  20. Gives time for question and answer Padding for, eg projector failure People show up late and leave early
  21. Easy to see c.f. Takahashi method
  22. fonts should probably be much bigger I use 96pt in this presentation
  23. Look at two very different presentation styles Consider the styles, not the individual presenting or the company they represent
  24. Very dynamic and open style Known for his ability to hold an audience Every “Stevenote” is sold out
  25. Simple...three main elements Immediately clear A prop, not the main message
  26. Is that litter? Too many different colors Information overload
  27. Simple graphic Supports what Steve is saying Doesn’t take attention away from Steve
  28. Takes attention away from Bill Too much...doesn’t support a single point well Is it raining on the iMac?
  29. Steve is comfortable with himself on stage Comes out close to the audience Uses blank screen to focus attention on himself
  30. 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
  31. These are all examples to be learned from
  32. Advice from Edward Tufte...
  33. 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.“
  34. Edward Tufte: “Be sure to allow long pauses for questions.”