jeffreyspehar

A Power Point Parody
The Gettysburg Address as a Power Point show. By Peter Norvig.
http://norvig.com/Gettysburg/index.htm

Laura Athavale Fitton

Compared with Seth Godin, my "take" hardly rates, but I live this stuff, and doing it right really matters. So my 2 cents on "blame the tool:"

http://gpmb.wordpress.com/2007/06/13/ditch-how-you-use-powerpoint/
http://gpmb.wordpress.com/2007/05/18/absolute/

and other good stuff, filed under "PowerPuke"

711buddha

Do not want.

Also don't want haikus for business cases, interprative dance for sales presentations, or creative accounting.

Stick to facts, I have to GBTW.

econ2econ

The unfortunate thing is that so often it's expected that you have to have really bland, wordy, bulleted slides because the slides live on as a document after the presentation. Yes, you could create separate handouts, but that often adds to the confusion and is additional work. Yes, I'm lazy, but when 90% of my presentations are for 10-minutes forgetable status blurbings, why make the extra effort? The advice makes more sense for important, in-depth presentations where keeping the audience engaged is key.

JSN

Six word max per slide? Hmm how about

Take Power Point and Shove It.

drinkmorejava

Reading something as bad as "six words per slide" instantly makes me lose respect for the author. I have had numerous professors with degrees in English and communications tell me otherwise. If any rule can be set, it is on the order of no more than five bullet points with five or less words. It is not possible to convey any useful knowledge with only six words per slide. Using the 5:5 rule, though, nothing should be phrased as sentence as you want the audience to be listening to the speaker, not reading the slides. The slides are meant to convey a predictable structure and specific facts that quickly clarify and support the speaker's presentation. Without a doubt, there are more ways to do it wrong than right, but there's not even a point with only six words.

lermit

Steve Jobs should take over MS after the unfortunate fall of Bill Gates from the presidency of the company.

I mean, with that much cash you could buy back Alaska from the US and donate it to France or sumtn. I hate to say this, but Gates is to Jobs what the British pound is to the gold standard after too many Canadian dollars.

But hey I'm just being a bloke here. Good luck there now.

.lermit

Rowan Manahan

Seth liked my slightly tongue-in-cheeky response to his repost on 'Bad PowerPoint' earlier this year. Thought you might enjoy it http://fortifyservices.blogspot.com/2007/01/really-bad-powerpoint-seth-godin-idea.html

gradys_kitchen

The confessions of a CIA secret prison detainee....

"They made us watch PowerPoint after PowerPoint about the benefits of Democracy vs. the limiting factors of Islamism. After the 29th slide, bullet #2 on the same stars and stripes fading gradient background overlayed with a bald eagle, I prayed for death."

Steve Kayser

FROM ONE STEVE TO ANOTHER:

I recently received an e-mail from a reader (I publish a B2B e-Zine with 135,000 subscribers) espousing the benefits and yes, even absolute
necessity, of using PowerPoint slides during sales presentations (see see below).

"Steve! No way you can give a sales presentation without PowerPoint. Business people expect it ... demand it! You must be a marketing bonehead!"

So, to defend my honor (or lack thereof) I devised a self-inflicted, self-scoring test that covered the 5 Archetypal perspective PowerPoint Personalities one was likely to encounter in the "Complex Sale" business environment.

If you can pass it you'll be eligible for the PROFESSIONAL POWERPOINT PRESENTER HALL OF FAME

Currently there are no members …. you'd be the first.

THE TEST -http://skbigm.googlepages.com/powerpointproofofpuddingtest

jeffreyspehar

A Power Point Parody
The Gettysburg Address as a Power Point show. By Peter Norvig.
http://norvig.com/Gettysburg/index.htm

Laura Athavale Fitton

Compared with Seth Godin, my "take" hardly rates, but I live this stuff, and doing it right really matters. So my 2 cents on "blame the tool:"

http://gpmb.wordpress.com/2007/06/13/ditch-how-you-use-powerpoint/
http://gpmb.wordpress.com/2007/05/18/absolute/

and other good stuff, filed under "PowerPuke"

711buddha

Do not want.

Also don't want haikus for business cases, interprative dance for sales presentations, or creative accounting.

Stick to facts, I have to GBTW.

econ2econ

The unfortunate thing is that so often it's expected that you have to have really bland, wordy, bulleted slides because the slides live on as a document after the presentation. Yes, you could create separate handouts, but that often adds to the confusion and is additional work. Yes, I'm lazy, but when 90% of my presentations are for 10-minutes forgetable status blurbings, why make the extra effort? The advice makes more sense for important, in-depth presentations where keeping the audience engaged is key.

JSN

Six word max per slide? Hmm how about

Take Power Point and Shove It.

drinkmorejava

Reading something as bad as "six words per slide" instantly makes me lose respect for the author. I have had numerous professors with degrees in English and communications tell me otherwise. If any rule can be set, it is on the order of no more than five bullet points with five or less words. It is not possible to convey any useful knowledge with only six words per slide. Using the 5:5 rule, though, nothing should be phrased as sentence as you want the audience to be listening to the speaker, not reading the slides. The slides are meant to convey a predictable structure and specific facts that quickly clarify and support the speaker's presentation. Without a doubt, there are more ways to do it wrong than right, but there's not even a point with only six words.

lermit

Steve Jobs should take over MS after the unfortunate fall of Bill Gates from the presidency of the company.

I mean, with that much cash you could buy back Alaska from the US and donate it to France or sumtn. I hate to say this, but Gates is to Jobs what the British pound is to the gold standard after too many Canadian dollars.

But hey I'm just being a bloke here. Good luck there now.

.lermit

Rowan Manahan

Seth liked my slightly tongue-in-cheeky response to his repost on 'Bad PowerPoint' earlier this year. Thought you might enjoy it http://fortifyservices.blogspot.com/2007/01/really-bad-powerpoint-seth-godin-idea.html

gradys_kitchen

The confessions of a CIA secret prison detainee....

"They made us watch PowerPoint after PowerPoint about the benefits of Democracy vs. the limiting factors of Islamism. After the 29th slide, bullet #2 on the same stars and stripes fading gradient background overlayed with a bald eagle, I prayed for death."

Steve Kayser

FROM ONE STEVE TO ANOTHER:

I recently received an e-mail from a reader (I publish a B2B e-Zine with 135,000 subscribers) espousing the benefits and yes, even absolute
necessity, of using PowerPoint slides during sales presentations (see see below).

"Steve! No way you can give a sales presentation without PowerPoint. Business people expect it ... demand it! You must be a marketing bonehead!"

So, to defend my honor (or lack thereof) I devised a self-inflicted, self-scoring test that covered the 5 Archetypal perspective PowerPoint Personalities one was likely to encounter in the "Complex Sale" business environment.

If you can pass it you'll be eligible for the PROFESSIONAL POWERPOINT PRESENTER HALL OF FAME

Currently there are no members .... you'd be the first.

THE TEST -http://skbigm.googlepages.com/powerpointproofofpuddingtest