Good stuff. (And yes, I dig Slideshare a lot.)
Fixing Death by Powerpoint: The Presentation
April 10, 2008 by Olivier Blanchard
I guess I’ve always been a decent communicator. Not great, but occasionally good, and most of the time decent. One area that I could improve upon is my powerpoint design skills. Sure, I can present just about anything well with the help of powerpoint, but actually DESIGNING a presentation (slides, content, narrative, etc.) in such a way as to captivate, engage and delight… eh, not so much. Just like many of you, I have mostly settled for creating slides that presented data and organized talking points with bullets.
And yes, I am guilty of using mostly boring backgrounds, when I should instead work on creating one effective and kickass slide after the other.
All of this is in the process of changing. I have started creating and filing what will someday become a pretty hefty collection of ready-to-use Powerpoint silver bullets. The goal: cut my powerpoint design times down to almost nothing while producing cool, sticky presentations.
Well… that’s the goal anyway.