Content and Storyline are Key!

June 5, 2009

However you want to think about it, you will always realize that content is very crucial. I used to be obsessed with design; when creating a website, I would start with some tiny content, and once that is up, I would spend the rest of the time creating great design and I would forget about [...]

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PowerPoint Template Contest (PowerPoint Live)

May 16, 2009

Yeah, finally another Presentation contest, I’ve been waiting for one to pop up again (I hope Slideshare also has one again this summer!). Though you can somewhat see Pecha Kucha Nights as an informal (and fun!) contest. On their website it reads: “The PowerPoint Live Design Contest is open to anyone and everyone: your mission [...]

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Slide:ology – The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations by Nancy Duarte (Short Book Review)

May 7, 2009

I didn’t post for almost a week due to a (really needed and relaxing) spontanous short vacation. It did give me a chance to read a couple of books – among them: slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations by Nancy Duarte. It’s a well-designed book (who would’ve guessed it?) and when first [...]

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How to make your Presentations Interactive and include your audience in the Presentation Experience

April 27, 2009

I was at a sustainability award ceremony once, and going towards the end of the whole thing, the 5 or so winners along with the host of the award were on stage. Then the host was told there were still 5 minutes left before the start of the next part of the program. Until now [...]

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Using images effectively for your next presentation (Presentation Basics)

April 25, 2009

Images and photos – when used correctly – can be very effective in supporting your presentation. Personally, I would much prefer it if people used many more pictures in their presentations. It’s cliche but true: A picture is worth a thousand words. So imagine you are trying to explain to people about why they should [...]

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How to write a Presentation Handout: 5 Effective Ideas

April 21, 2009

In a previous post I wrote on why handouts are important and how they can relieve you of writing down everything on your slides. In this post, I want to get into a bit more detail on what elements a handout should contain. Of course every person will have their own preferences and do let [...]

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Tweeting about your Presentations in #preso (a Twitter special)

April 19, 2009

Twitter has grown quite considerably since it was founded and especially in the last few months. With it, many things we do in the area of technology have also changed. #preso or #ppt? It’s been to some (though only little) debate, what hashtag should be used to follow presentation-related tweets (hashtags are sort of like [...]

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How do you know when you’ve prepared enough for a really important presentation?

April 16, 2009

Every now and then you will have a really important presentation and you might invest a lot of time into it, more than usual. You want to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible. So, how do you know when you’ve practiced enough? When do you know you’re good enough? In these sorts of [...]

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One-page Presentations Checklist

April 14, 2009

After only 1 1/2 months, the subscriber base of this blog has already reached 100!! To celebrate this, I have created a handy one-page presentations checklist! All you need to do is subscribe to the FREE email newsletter and you will gain immediate access to the checklist! If you are already a subscriber, just subscribe [...]

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Prezi Review: More than Buzz?

April 13, 2009

In the past few weeks there has been some buzz on this new presentation software called Prezi. It’s quite an impressive thing and a couple of weeks ago it finally went public, so if you have some spare time, check it out, they have a free version available. It IS quite a cool tool, the [...]

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Lawrence Lessig’s “Accompanying Slides” (Presentation Styles Series)

April 11, 2009

When I saw Lawrence Lessing’s Presentation at TED, I was quite amazed at how he did it. If you haven’t seen it, you can view it at the end of this blog post. He uses a LOT of slides but most of them are pictures or only contain a few words. The slide would change [...]

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How to create stunning charts for your presentation slides! Part 2

April 9, 2009

Go here for Part 1 on creating stunning presentation charts Shadow A technique I like to use a lot is to use shadows. But not too much – using drop shadow is like using make-up: Just putting on a little bit can make it look better, use too much and it will probably look horrible. [...]

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The Presentation Triangle – Content / Design / Delivery. Where do you stand? – A SWOT Analysis

April 7, 2009

When looking at a presentation, I’m constantly looking for new ideas but I’m also trying to look for mistakes that the presenter is making (shame on me!), so I myself can avoid them in the future. When I’m presenting myself I might not notice my mistakes, but looking at a presenter from an audience view, [...]

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Willie Smits and Thinkers of the Jungle

April 6, 2009

Having lived in Indonesia for 20 years, I really enjoyed Willie Smits ‘ talk on how he sustainably regrew an area of rainforest on the island of Sulawesi (where my mother is from, coincidentally), taking into consideration cultural, economic, social and environmental issues in the area. His talk was very strong and you can see it that [...]

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Funny Presentations: Ze Frank and the Internet’s Funny Side

April 5, 2009

Ze Frank is a really funny person, you might of first heard of him when he sent around his online birthday party invitation which was forwarded around the world. Based on that he has started creating more online (and offline) projects and he’s also a public speaker now. He spoke at TED several times and [...]

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