Slideuments and how to avoid them. (Using Presentation Slides and Handouts separately.)

April 24, 2010

There’s a new trend that has emerged in the last few years – the slideument. This is a mixed breed of slide and document; you can see it as slides with lots of text or a text document with half-sentences, but it serves neither very well. It’s so common now, that we’ve come to expect [...]

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How do I apply “One Core Message” to a Project Management Presentation?

April 21, 2010

Kamara asks Question I’m suppose to present the project management plan to the project sponsor. I cant seem to think of a core message but I know the supporting pieces would be to tell about the budget, schedule, scope of the project, risk management, quality management, deliverables and project exclusions. What would be the core [...]

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Simplicity in Presentations (and Life)

April 18, 2010

Today I want to present a short presentation I found on SlideShare regarding simplicity and I’ve been an advocate for using simplicity (e.g. focusing on one core message or reducing clip arts use in presentations). The author has sent me a message quite a while back but I only got around to checking out the [...]

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How do I open/view/edit a PPS file in PowerPoint? (The PowerPoint Doctor)

April 16, 2010

The question is: How do I open/view/edit a PPS file in PowerPoint? The Simple Answer: PPS files – technically speaking – ARE PowerPoint files. The only difference here is that PPS opens automatically in a different mode and shows you in presentation mode and in full screen. There’s a quick solution to this: In Windows [...]

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PowerPoint Presentations found to be boring. What a surprise!

April 14, 2010

One of my fellow presentation bloggers Ellen Finkelstein recently found an article from the Guardian on why students are so bored in their lectures. Quite an interesting article, but to no surprise one of the common problems found: One of the main contributors to student boredom is the use of PowerPoint.

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Slide Transitions: Powerful when used correctly

April 11, 2010

I’m usually against state-of-the-art, awesome, look-at-what-THIS-can-do slide transitions. Usually they are unnecessary and distract from the content. Even letters flying in to form a word I find very superfluous. For me, simple, easy-to-digest slide transitions are great. I think unique slide transitions should only be used if they add some sort of value to the [...]

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The Five Minute Presentation

April 10, 2010

People, when faced with the challenge to do a presentation of 5 minutes or less first look in disbelief. Is it possible to fill so much information into a 5-minute-presentation? My answer: Definitely! I have seen many great presentations in 10 minutes or less. And I think the first step to realizing that this is [...]

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Presentation Book from ReThink Presentations is now available (Special Offer valid only today)

April 9, 2010

The long-awaited Presentations eBook “Presentation Essentials – 39 Ideas on Presentation Content, Design and Delivery” is now finally available online! For more information, go to Only valid today (Friday, April 9th): 30% discount!!!

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When should you hand out your presentation? (Q&A)

April 8, 2010

The question is: When should you hand out your presentation to the audience? After or before the actual presentation? The short answer is: Never. The longer answer: You should give a handout written in normal readable text instead of handouts of the presentation slides. I’ve often made the case that you should write one-page handouts [...]

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The Rule of Thirds and your Slides

April 5, 2010

(updated) From Golden Mean to Rule of Thirds The Golden Mean (also called  the Golden ratio, the Golden section, divine proportion) is basically the ratio of 1 to about 1.618, but it’s more than just a number. It’s quite astounding where you will find this: In nature, in art, in music. Even in your own body you [...]

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Prezi: What’s the blogosphere’s viewpoint (Part 2)

April 5, 2010

(Haven’t read part 1 yet? Click on Prezi: What’s the blogosphere’s viewpoint (Part 1).) The WebWorkerDaily wrote in their post Prezi: Presentations With a Twist has a rather neutral stance, stating: “It’s a fast way to create a presentation, and it offers new opportunities if you need to customize one presentation for multiple audiences. Rather [...]

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Presentation Handout Sample

April 5, 2010

I’ve been asked quite a lot to give an example of a presentation handout. That’s why I’m presenting one of the first handouts that I have created here. To Download the presentation handout sample (in PDF), click on the image below or download presentation handout. To see the presentation for this handout, go to ReThinking [...]

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Prezi: What’s the blogosphere’s viewpoint? (Part 1)

April 3, 2010

Being just over a year out in the open, Prezi has now gained some traction and some people are starting to use it. You might remember my Prezi review post from last year when it just came out. In essence, what I said is that even though it is a very cool software, its adoption [...]

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Presentation: Foot Notes

February 2, 2010

When I joined the Presentation contest about 2 years ago, I saw some impressive presentations. One of the is called Foot Notes, and I was impressed the minute I saw it. It’s a presentation you can’t just copy, you have to actually work at this presentation. It doesn’t use a lot of words, but [...]

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Taking the leap: New audience, new mistakes, new learnings

October 11, 2009

I’ve been asked several times to present infront of a different “type” of people to that I’m usually used to. For example, recently I was asked to present infront of a group of full-time scientists. Of course this is a challenge and I could just turn it down. But I think these are the presentations [...]

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