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Death by PowerPoint

(and how to fight it)

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
Bad
presentationscommunicati
on
Less
training
Bad
relations
Less
money

Less
sales

Lets make the world


a better place.

Why are they doing


it?!

Research shows:
Bullets dont kill
people
People kill people
Unintentionally

Mainly due to lack of...


Significanc
e
Structure
Simplicity

Significance

Why do you present?


To pass the
information?
Your boss told you to?
Or to make meaning?

Whats the subject


and why it matters to
you?

How presentations work


Significance creates
passion
Passion attracts
attention

Are you passionate?


Check yourself.

This is
passion.

This is
passion.

This is
passion.

This is not.

Cant find
the meaning?
Dont 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

Give 3-4 reasons


supporting your point.
They will not
remember more
anyway.

Memorable opening
1 argument

1 More details...
2 More details...
3 More details...

2 argument

1
2
3

More details...

3 argument

1
2
3

More details...

More details...
More details...

More details...
More details...

Memorable closing

45

minute
s

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.

Dont worry: knowing the


language doesnt really help.

Notice cool background.

Hey, weve got DATA!

This ones 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. Its free.

Whats 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


stupid

.
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C or
B
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

Simple design rules*


One point per slide
Few matching
colours
Very few fonts
Photos, not clipart
* pun

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

-
Raiffeisen Leasing
-

Make 2 sets of slides

Print with notes

Inform with little text*

* yes you

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

Few things to take care of

Dress to impress

Hair is prim
Hair is smartly combed
No eye goop
Trimmed nose hair
Wear a smile
Clean shaven

Shoulders are not slouchy

Comfortable

Standing with your back


to an audience detracts
from your speech

Visual aid
blocked by body

AVOID

Eye contact with


audience lost
when you look at
Podium

Slouching looks
unprofessional

AVOID

Crossing your legs


makes your stance
less stable and
shows lack of authority

Maintain
a good posture

Lastly

Thank You