Category Archives: Slide Presentation

Acronyms can seriously suck

The importance of simplicity in a presentation cannot be overstated. One way to simplify is to eliminate jargon. One way to eliminate jargon is making sure that the audience understands any acronyms in the presentation. These days, acronyms are everywhere. Here is one list of … Continue reading

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8 secrets for a presentation that makes an impact

My friend and presentation design expert, Timo Sorri, has created this slide deck that is currently featured on the home page of SlideShare. Timo asked me and seven other speaking professionals from around the world for one tip to help … Continue reading

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Nine photo composition tips for your slides

If a picture is worth a thousand words, Steve McCurry’s work speaks volumes. With a career that has spanned more than 30 years, McCurry is widely considered one of the icons of contemporary photography. The galleries on his website are … Continue reading

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A presentation lesson from two airport departure boards

This afternoon, I fly to Barcelona for a speaking event. I am packed and ready to go well in advance. In fact, I have enough time that I can sit down and write this post. (The reason for my silence in … Continue reading

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The Ten Commandments of Good Design

Dieter Rams is a German industrial designer who has been recognized as one of the most influential industrial designers of the 20th century. He worked for 40 years at the German consumer products company, Braun. Today, he works at Vitsœ, … Continue reading

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2012 U.S. “Prezi”dential Election Recap

I came across this presentation on Prezi that provides a recap of the recent election in the United States. If you are not familiar with Prezi, have a look. Click the image below and you will be taken to the presentation … Continue reading

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The Right Number of Slides

People often ask, “How many slides should I use in a 20-minute (or 30-minute, or 40-minute, etc.) presentation.” I always respond the same way: “I don’t know. Maybe three, maybe 20, maybe 50, maybe 100, maybe none.” There is no … Continue reading

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When Things Go Wrong: Ten Presentation Lessons from Apollo 13

OK. The day of the big presentation has arrived. You’ve prepared, you know your material and you’ve arrived at the venue early to get set up. You check the room and everything looks fine. The stage is ready, the sound … Continue reading

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A Day in the Internet

In the past, I have written articles stressing the importance of making data meaningful for our audiences. Drawing inspiration from such sources as Carl Sagan and the Long Island Initiative, I have tried to show examples of how statistics need … Continue reading

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Slide Transitions: Everybody’s Changing

I remember the first time I saw the features on PowerPoint that allowed you to animate text and slide transitions. I played around with it for awhile and soon had things zooming in and bouncing around and what not. My … Continue reading

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