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Give amazing presentations even with Powerpoint.

February 11, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Previously, I pointed you to what Steve Jobs does in making awesome presentations.  As I’ve read more on presentations using visual aids, I’ve come across a couple blogs on how to get the most out of Powerpoint for your talks.  I point you to a couple example posts on each blog.

“Takahashi method” – on Presentation Zen

“What’s wrong with templates?” – Presentation Advisors (impressively, only one guy)

There are countless ways to incorporate PPT in a presentation, and the optimal way will vary with the nature of the presentation.  These blogs have so many ideas, I will definitely have fun trying to work different elements into my talks, which will be a challenge since science talks are usually so data/visual-heavy.

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  1. February 11, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Saad,

    I truly appreciate the link (and comment) about my blog.

    Science, math, and the like are often riddled with statistics, data, and charts. Not that they aren’t appropriate or necessary, but they don’t have that great of a relationship with slide design. My best advice is to make sure you only include the most necessary data, and separate the information into as many slides as you need. Restraint is one of the greatest skills of a presentation designer.

    Cheers,
    Jon

  2. February 12, 2010 at 11:06 am

    And there’s always the (often forgotten) option with Powerpoint:

    leave it at home and talk to the people.

    You’d be amazed how effective that is!

    🙂

    Adam

    • saad a. hasan
      February 12, 2010 at 2:27 pm

      Adam,

      You have a great point. What I enjoy about giving speeches in toastmasters is that you don’t get visual aids except for one or two speeches. You become acutely aware that you are the one carrying the show. That practice has helped me think about how to break down the data so it doesn’t overwhelm the audience (similar to what Jon mentioned above).

      When it comes to science articles, a lot of people will tell you that they read the conclusion and then flip through to look at the pictures, presenter/writer be damned 🙂

      saad

      ps- i enjoyed your post http://workplayexperience.blogspot.com/2009/10/top-10-reasons-why-powerpoint-is-like.html
      pps- how did you find my site?

      • February 12, 2010 at 4:04 pm

        Thanks Saad!

        I found your site after Jon tweeted about it…

        Best,

        Adam

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