Best presentations I have seen had only videos and images and very little content otherwise. Successful presenter engages the audience with his\her oratory skills. Mr. Jobs is known to practice his keynotes several hours each day for a week leading up to his dog and a pony show. (and as history points out that slick presentation can't help overhyped stock, Michael. 117 and a shoe keeps dropping, sorry mate, as I wrote to you in private, hope you are not loosing your shirt)
If you need to provide information (for folks who are reviewing the presentation after the fact) , add it to the notes section. Even better record your presentation with something like Windows Media Encoder. It is free with genuine MS OS :) http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=5691BA02-E496-465A-BBA9-B2F1182CDF24&displaylang=en
Speaking of Windows Media Encoder, is anyone here familiar with a free tool that offers similar functionality on your other platforms of choice? Not making an example, just want to know.
Word to the wise. Find a way to capture your entire presentation including audio and video not just the slide deck. WME is free and Video cameras are dirt cheap.
On Fri, Feb 22, 2008 at 2:03 PM, Rob Freeborn <[address removed]> wrote:
After watching this "debate" bounce back and forth I decided to toss my two cents in and throw out some resources for the group.
First, here's a great blog post from Brad Feld re: .ppt and, of potential interest to this group, what he as a VC is looking for in a prezo. Make sure to scroll down to at least one comment - "Rich - March 19" and one of his points that I think truly crystallizes my feelings "blaming PowerPoint for a bad presentation is like blaming the pan for crap food." - truer words were never spoken and the .ppt bashers out there should take it to heart because you can generate crap just as well in Flash, Keynote, etc. etc.
What's critical is applying proven methodogies and then practicing your pitch - something else hardly mentioned in this thread. As far as designing a good .ppt prezo, take a look at Gene Zelazny and his book "Say it with Charts" if you want to go old school or potentially "Say it with Presentations". Gene comes from McKinsey as their Director of Visual Communications and regardless of what Tufte says - if McKinsey thinks .ppt's an effective way to communicate an idea (when done correctly!!!!) then I would tend to at least give some credence to using it.
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