Friday, January 8, 2010

Tickled by Life: Avoiding Death by PowerPoint!

Shalu Wasu's article tackles the age-old issue of sprucing up Powerpoint.

Here's a snippet - how do the great model their Powerpoints? As we can see, the styles vary dramatically.
  • Lawrence Lessig: He is a monster slider! He can use up to 200 slides for a 10 minute presentation and he makes them really good.
  • Seth Godin: He follows a style which has a lot of visuals, little text and likes to surprise the audience.
  • Guy Kawasaki: 10 slides, 10 ideas, one idea per slide, not more than 20 minutes.
  • Takahashi: Super size font sizes (more than 120) and obviously very little text
The last point?
Do not stick to your story. Make the story sticky. Try to follow at least 4 out of the 6 essentials that Chip and Dan Heath talk about in their book Made to Stick. Here is a quick summary.
Made to Stick strikes again!

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