29 Apr 2010

World's Best Presentation Tips #7 Andrew Abela

World's Best Presentation Tips is a series of posts where presentation bloggers from all over the world share their favourite posts with us at All About Presentations. This is an exclusive for AAP readers.

Today's Blogger: Andrew Abela from The Extreme Presentation (tm) Method


Andrew Abela has been blogging since September 2006. When I wrote to him asking for his favourite post it was tough for him to suggest one. How could he choose one post from over 3 and a half years of blogging? So he chose two which turned out to be 11 actually (but it's all worth it).

1. In 'Prezi: The Compromise Breaker' he share his views on this 'revolutionary technology'.

2. The second post is actually a 'Summary of his Top 10 blog posts'.

Enjoy reading these 11 posts and share your feedback on how you found them.

28 Apr 2010

Presentation E-Book by Oliver Adria - New Launch

Oliver Adria has come up with a new e-book titled "Presentation Essentials - 39 Ideas on Presentation Content, Design and Delivery".

His e-book consist of 5 parts.

Part I: General
Part II: Content
Part III: Design
Part IV: Delivery
Part V: Motivation and More

This 95 page e-book is a fast read. It also contains guest articles from two other presentation bloggers; Ellen Finkelstein & Andrew Abela). To find out more about the e-book click here. The e-book is priced at $ 19.95. You can read 2 sample articles from the e-book by clicking here.

26 Apr 2010

World's Best Presentation Tips #6 Jonathan Thomas

World's Best Presentation Tips is a series of posts where presentation bloggers from all over the world share their favourite posts with us at All About Presentations. This is an exclusive for AAP readers.

Today's Blogger: Jonathan Thomas
from Presentation Advisors

Presentation blogger Jon has shared two of his 'best posts' with us today. Here they go:

1. PowerPoint Design Methods


2. The Effective Use of White Space in Advertising and Presentation Design

I am sure you will enjoy these two posts. Very enriching and very interesting. You must read the first post; PowerPoint Design Methods. Jon talks about various styles of presenting. From the 10/20/30 rule of Guy Kawasaki to the very very interesting Lessig method. Thanks Jon for sharing.

22 Apr 2010

World's Best Presentation Tips #5 Oliver Adria

World's Best Presentation Tips is a series of posts where presentation bloggers from all over the world share their favourite posts with us at All About Presentations. This is an exclusive for AAP readers.

Today's Blogger: Oliver Adria

from ReThink Presentations



One core message.. and the Elephant

Oliver shares with us why he has chosen this post. He writes, "This is my favorite because I think just by changing the notion of presenting you can already have a really big and positive impact. So, instead of starting with writing the introduction slide, or even before conceptualizing the presentation, I think it's really, really important to first find out:

"What do I want to say? What's that one core message I want to convey during this presentation?"

If people started (and ended) a presentation and its preparation with this, I think there would be much more effective presentations. I have written several other posts around this idea on this on my blog, because I think this is really important to keep in mind and just by changing this mindset, there will already be significant positive change."

Thanks Oliver for sharing your post with us (the Elephant is really cute :-)

19 Apr 2010

World's Best Presentation Tips #4 Brent Dykes

World's Best Presentation Tips is a series of posts where presentation bloggers from all over the world share their favourite posts with us at All About Presentations. This is an exclusive for AAP readers.

Today's Blogger: Brent Dykes

from PowerPoint Ninja



Brent Dykes, the author of PowerPoint Ninja, shares with us two of his favourite posts from his own blog.


1. How to reduce and simplify bullet points in PowerPoint?
2. Seven tips for using analogies in PowerPoint presentations

If you have been reading on presentations you will understand that all bloggers and experts are against the excessive use of bullet points. Some experts actually advocate not using bullet points at all. In the first post Brent shows us how we can convert a slide full of bullet points into a slide which is bullet point free.
A nice post indeed.

Enjoy reading these two posts and wait for more to come.

14 Apr 2010

World's Best Presentation Tips #3 Ed Fidgeon-Kavanagh

World's Best Presentation Tips is a series of posts where presentation bloggers from all over the world share their favourite posts with us at All About Presentations. This is an exclusive for AAP readers.

Today's Blogger: Edfk
from Clearly Presentable


Ed Fidgeon-Kavanagh (edfk) shares his favourite posts: "My favourites that I have written in the last while are as follows:

4 questions you should think of when putting your logo in your slides


One of the biggest problems that I see time and time again is that the presenter is determined to have the logo of his or her organisation slpashed across each and every slide in the presentation. Not only does this waste valuable slide real-estate and look ugly, it does nothing to enhance the message whatsoever. Time to get rid of that logo!


The dangers of being seen as "slick"

Many presenters aim to be as "slick" as possible, but the funny thing is that a lot of the time this can actually be a bad thing. If you are seen as overly slick, you could also be seen to be hiding something behind this wall of slickness.

Michelangelo on hard work
You can never understate the value of persistent practice and learning, Michelangelo had it right!
"


I would like to thank Ed for sharing with us his best posts. I am sure all readers will find these posts informative and educative. Write to me or leave a comment for feedback on this series 'World's Best Presentation Tips'.

12 Apr 2010

Interview with Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik, Chief Belief Office, Future Group

Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik is a doctor by education and has worked for 14 years in the Pharma and Healthcare industry. He is passionate about mythology and his columns appear in leading Indian newspapers. Currently he is working as the Chief Belief Office of Future Group (the group which runs Big Bazaar & Pantaloons in India).


I had written about his talk at TED India (held in Mysore last year) earlier in the year. You can check out his TED presentation by
clicking here. Today, it is my pleasure to interview Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik on All About Presentations.



Vivek:
How was your experience of talking at TED?
Dr. Devdutt: It was very exhilarating. Did not know the impact until much later.

Vivek: How did you prepare for the TED talk? How much time was spent in preparing?
Dr. Devdutt: I had many versions of the presentations. There was so much to say and so had to edit it many times. This was version 5.

Vivek: Did you rehearse your talk? If yes, how did you rehearse?
Dr. Devdutt: Normally, I don’t need to prepare. Normally, I don’t have time-bound presentations. This was a strict 18-minute time slot. So had to practice to get all that content within the time. The practice shows, I guess.

Vivek: Why did you start the talk with a story and what went into choosing the story?
Dr. Devdutt: Stories work. Our brains are wired that way. These stories are part of my standard repertoire when I am explaining culture. Ideally this presentation should be for at least 50 minutes as I elaborate on each story. Here I had to just flirt with each one.

Vivek: Were you not a bit afraid of talking to such a large audience? What did you do to reduce your nervousness before the talk?
Dr. Devdutt: I have been a public speaker for a long time. So I am not usually nervous. This was different as I had a bad case of sore throat (first time in my life) for 3 days and it was just not going away. The antibiotics did not work but adrenaline saw me through.

Vivek: Did you plan the ending of your presentation?
Dr. Devdutt: Yes. That’s how I always end. The poem written by me years ago can be found at the start of all my books. It guides my work.

Vivek: What are your learnings from the presentations you have made in your life?
Dr. Devdutt: Be sensitive to what people want to hear or can hear, and not what you want to say….the rest will follow.

If you want to know more about Dr. Devdutt check out his website www.devdutt.com.

10 Apr 2010

World's Best Presentation Tips #2 Ellen Finkelstein

World's Best Presentation Tips is a series of posts where presentation bloggers from all over the world share their favourite posts with us at All About Presentations. This is an exclusive for AAP readers.

Today's Blogger: Ellen Finkelstein
from PowerPoint Tips Blog

Ellen Finkelstein is a special person. She is one of the oldest bloggers on presentations (she started blogging in 2005). Today Ellen shares her favourite post with us. Her favourite posts from over hundreds she has written over these 5 years.

Ellen writes to us: "Here’s my favourite post: Let’s have a Distraction Summit!. I like it because it draws from a wider context than just presentations, offers links to other resources, draws on serious research, and offers a clear explanation of why presenters shouldn’t use text-heavy slides and talk over them."

In this interesting post, Ellen quotes scientific research and connects 'talking on cell phone while driving' to making a presentation. Thanks Ellen for sharing this post.


If you too have read any article / blog post on communications or presentations and want to share with all of us here, write to me at vivek [at] allaboutpresentations [dot] com or share it by leaving a comment.

7 Apr 2010

World's Best Presentation Tips #1 Kathy Reiffenstein

World's Best Presentation Tips is a series of posts where presentation bloggers from all over the world share their favourite posts with us at All About Presentations. This is an exclusive for AAP readers.



Today's Blogger: Kathy Reiffenstein
from Professionally Speaking


Kathy Reiffenstein shares with us this small note.

"I am honored to be invited to participate in this initiative. I looked over my posts (I’ve been blogging for 3 years now) to see which ones struck me as “favorites” and I came up with two choices."

"One is a series of 3 posts I wrote about the power of language. I am always amazed at how much the choice of words and the organization of those words into phrases or sentences has on the impact and memorability of any message. And to think that most of the rhetorical devices that create such power were originally developed by the Greek orators over two thousand years ago. So I wanted to share with the readers how easily they can leverage the power of words by using these rhetorical devices."

The Power of Language, Part I
The Power of Language, Part II
The Power of Language, Part III

"Then the other choice is a post I did fairly recently about how to tell a story. I think stories are such a critical part of making a presentation relevant, enjoyable and memorable for an audience, yet I know I’m not very good at the skill of story telling. So I tried to break it down and approach telling a story step-by-step in an effort to make it less intimidating for others like me."

Presentation Tip: How to tell a story?

I would like to thank Kathy for sharing with us your best posts. I am sure you will find these posts informative and educative. Do write to me with feedback on how to find the series and how we can make it better.

5 Apr 2010

World's Best Presentation Tips: The Prologue

Starting tomorrow I am going to share with you 'World's Best Presentation Tips'. There are many websites and blogs on presentations and most of them have hundreds of posts. Which are the best ones? Tips which will make a difference and share with you something really great.

With this objective in mind I wrote to many popular presentation bloggers of our times. The replies have started to pour in. I am excited to share this news with you. In the next few posts I am going to bring to you something you have never seen before. Presentation bloggers from all over the world will share their favourite posts with all of use here at All About Presentations.

Keep checking this website once in two three days for the next few weeks. Some really good content is coming your way, exclusively for the reader of this blog, first time in the world. I am excited.

3 Apr 2010

Best of the Month: March '10

March was an interesting month for the blog with posts coming in on various topics. There was a post which I wanted to write for a long time and it finally happened in March. I am talking about the post: 4 websites to download free images for your presentation. I use a lot of images in my presentations and most of them have come from these websites.

The most popular post however was this excellent presentation by Richard St. John where he talks about 8 secrets of success in only 3 minutes. Watch the presentation if you have not till now.

March was also the month where my article came in a popular business newspaper. My first in life. You can read the post here.

If you want me to write about something, drop in your ideas at vivek [at] allaboutpresentations [dot] com.