PowerPoint Math: 120 into 5

Here’s a presentation, the format of which might, at first blush, seem counterintuitive. The presentation, for a company named Cincom, consists of 120 slides shown in 5 minutes. That’s a lot of slides compressed into a short period of time: 24 slides per minute or one slide every 2.5 seconds.

It sounds like information overload, but judge for yourself. Click on the logo below to watch the presentation.

I think that the presentation is clever. A few caveats:

  • I do not think that every slide was necessary.
  • I failed to grasp the point of certain slides, but that could be because of my unfamiliarity with the company. (The presentation seems to be geared towards a Cincom audience.)
  • I think that better images could have been found for some slides.
  • I’m not sure that the number of slides should have been announced at the beginning of the presentation as I found my self regularly checking our progress. (NB: Even though the presentation speaks of 118 slides, the counter shows 120.)

Having said that, I found the presentation engaging. Many of the images were fantastic. The supporting music was well chosen. Overall, there was little text to read. On those slides where there was lots of text, it was clear that we were not supposed to read every word but rather get a general sense of the point. I followed along and did not get bored.

Now, I cannot be sure, but I am guessing that this presentation was an introduction to a more detailed talk. It is an interesting way to use a slide show – as an introduction to the main presentation. And it also shows that it is possible to present many slides to an audience in an interesting way.

You have probably guessed from the logo above that the presentation was made using software from a company called SlideRocket. According to its website, “SlideRocket goes beyond traditional presentation tools by harnessing the power of the Internet and making everything available to you in an integrated and intuitive online interface. SlideRocket is provided in a software-as-a-service model in a variety of price points starting at free.”

Check out SlideRocket and see whether it might be useful for you. And the next time you are looking for an innovative way to give a slide presentation, perhaps you can find some inspiration from what you’ve just seen.

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5 Responses to PowerPoint Math: 120 into 5

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  2. Steve says:

    Dear John:

    Thanks for your analysis. And you are right – it was geared for an internal audience, a powerful one … The company budget committee. The committee that was going to make a decision whether to fund, not fund, down-size or authorize marketing and PR activities for another year. That was going to decide how many jobs were going to be cut … or not. I knew they had sat through 2 weeks of onerous, boring PPT bullet-laden, corproate gobbledygook presentations. I was given 5 minutes to present – at the end of 2 weeks. I stood up and told them I had 120 slides to present and they had to – in all good conscience – hear me (the story) out of what the dept’s had been doing.

    A horrible groan ensued. Then I said I’d be done in 5 minutes. And would not say a word during my presentatio. And I was – and did.

    That pleasantly woke them from a 2 week enforced slumber. Got their attention.

    The presentation was actually titled “A PR & Marketing Nightmare: 110 Slides to Present in Five Minutes — What to Do?

    The complete story is covered here http://bit.ly/dudQ10

    It was so successful for us I wanted to share it with others that might be in dire straits – looking to standout to stay alive.

    So … your observations were correct. Context was needed. If you didn’t know the story – I’d be surprised that you’d even watch it.



    • John Zimmer says:


      Thanks so much for coming on line and leaving a very helpful comment. It adds great context to the story. And good for you, having to present at the very end of a long schedule and coming up with something this creative. It is an excellent lesson about knowing your audience and knowing what your key message is.

      Thanks again.


  3. John Kluempers says:

    Dear John,

    Interesting post from you. IMHO this is more a (music) video than a PP presentation. I can imagine weary-eyed sales reps or key account customers on a Cincom junket in Aruba or on the Bahamas, sipping (or maybe even gulping) Tequila Sunrises as they watch this video. I can hardly think of any other reason to create it.

    It certainly is an improvement to the majority of PPs that are presented in managerial meetings around the world. I can also only imagine this from the howls I hear from others who attend managerial meetings around the world.

    Cheers to you for the post (and no, I’m not drinking a Tequila Sunrise. I’m just getting ready to drink a cold Kölsch ;-).


    • John Zimmer says:


      Thanks for the comment. Crikey, maybe that’s why I liked it – it reminds me of MTV! Still, I’d rather watch this presentation than dozens (hundreds) of others that I’ve seen. But I agree with you that it cannot stand on its own very well – unless it is a presentation for an in-house crowd that is familiar with the subject. Then it could work. Further, I maintain that if this is an introduction to a more detailed talk about the issue, it is a clever use of the technology.

      Enjoy your beer, but not too many. You have to prepare for the Toastmasters Area Contest!


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