Presentation Zen: 10 Tips on how to think like a designer

Presentation Zen

Most people do not really think about design and designers, let alone think of themselves as designers. But what, if anything, can regular people — teachers, students, business people of all types — learn from designers and from thinking like a designer?

New evidence that bullet-points don’t work

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There’s been a tremendous amount of interest in them, but as they were designed to complement Chris’s talk – they only tell half the story. Tags: Powerpoint cognitive load PowerPoint PowerPoint slide design slide design working memory

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10 design lessons from the art of Ikebana

Presentation Zen

Once you understand this, the intricacies of Japanese art and design begin to make sense. In the case of ikebana (???) — the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement — space is a central component of design (i.e., Ma allows for an energy or sense of movement within a design.

7 ways to keep audience attention during your presentation

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Last week, a business banking specialist started designing a presentation he was planning to deliver to accountancy firms in his city.

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How to craft a memorable key message in 10 minutes

Speaking about Presenting

For example this message “Implementing urban design principles will ensure that this roading project is sustainable” could be transformed to “Adding cycleways and walkways will reduce pollution.”.

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How to prepare a Pecha Kucha presentation

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Pecha Kucha was developed as a presentation format to allow design and creative types to share their passions and show off their work. Photo by Olly Barrett. This week I went to my first Pecha Kucha night in Wellington, New Zealand.

PowerPoint Design in 2009 -- group blogging project

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Olivia Mitchell has gathered blog posts and e-mails from 40 contributors on our wishes and fantasies for PowerPoint design in 2009. But that's not all: she has gone on to analyze and synthesize the posts around some central themes: whether design matters, simplicity vs. detail, design and presentation issues agreed upon by most contributors, and predictions for 2009.

Presentation Zen Design (the book)

Presentation Zen

As I mentioned before, I'm in the beginning stages of writing and designing another book, this one called Presentation Zen Design. This book is a deeper exploration of the Design section of PZ (chapters 5-7). The book will be available in mid-November, 2009.

Buzzwords of 2009

The Communication Blog

12.20.2009 Buzzwords of 2009 Here is the New York Times buzzwords of 2009; it includes a variety of "communication" terms, for example, sexting (texting sexual messages), vook (a digitized book with video), social distancing (standing away from others to avoid catching or spreading the flu), orphan books (books that are out of print, still in copyright, and whose copyright holders cant be found), and netbook (a small portable, personal computer).

Unique Storyboard Method: Receipt Tape

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Tags: Design Strategy Video presentation receipt tape story storyboard visual thinking

Create a quiz in PowerPoint:demo of Technique #7 from my e-book

PowerPoint Tips

Tags: Delivery Design Hyperlinks Uncategorized

I have seen the worst slide in the world

PowerPoint Tips

Tags: Design principles

How to give a great ignite talk

Speaker Confessions

Like whitespace in visual design it’s the pauses that make what you do say stand out clearly. There’s this popular format for public speaking called Ignite - It’s an evening of short talks with some special rules.

The Chart Make-Over Challenge of 2009

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

If you followed my tweets that day, you might remember this one: If you have to tell the audience in the back that it’ll be hard to read your chart, you’ve got a poorly designed chart. #ogi Tags: Slide Design

Deliver a Presentation like Steve Jobs - BusinessWeek

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Jobs shows his passion for computer design. H-1B Visa Law: Trying Again Help Wanted: Why That Signs Bad RSS Feed: Most Discussed Stories Most Popular Multimedia Slide Shows The Worlds Best Places to Live 2009 The Best Places to Raise Your Kids 2009 The (New) Worlds Happiest Countries The Rise and Fall of Chrysler The Best U.S.

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Presentation Zen: 10 non-PowerPoint books that can help you create better presentations

Presentation Zen

To learn how to design and deliver better presentations, we need to pull from many educational sources. I don't usually suggest PowerPoint or Keynote "how-to" books, but instead recommend reading books from various design and communication fields to stretch your knowledge and perspective.

PowerPoint design in 2009

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Olivia Mitchell has asked a number of experts in the PowerPoint community to comment on what we think 2009 will bring in the area of PowerPoint design. One group will be those who can afford and desire the highest end design. The first group are those for whom design is very important. They are looking for the latest design ideas and have the capacity to pay others to create their presentations. They don’t have time for elaborate design.

Create a better PowerPoint template

PowerPoint Tips

From the Save as Type drop-down list, choose Design Template (PowerPoint Template). Note: I want to thank Julie Terberg of Terberg Design for many of these ideas. PowerPoint’s default blank template is annoying! It really needs work. And with more and more people using white backgrounds, you’re probably using the blank template more often. Here’s what to do to make a better template.

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How to Successfully Moderate a Conference Panel, A Comprehensive Guide " Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Social Media, Web Marketing

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Posted by Desislava on February 16th, 2009 at 4:51 am Do you suggest providing a keyword for a particular presentation, or does the audience sort that out for themselves? Posted by Phil Earnhardt on February 23rd, 2009 at 10:45 am Phil Often a tag like “#forrester09″ has been assigned by the conference organizers. Posted by jeremiah_owyang on February 23rd, 2009 at 10:58 am [.]

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How To Design For Mobile

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

In my opinion, their iPhone-friendly design is second only to Ars Technica’s. C|Net’s design very finger-friendly and the links are easy to read and inviting.

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Make a Presentation Like Al Gore - Wired How-To Wiki

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To help us learn how to make our slide show presentations as powerful as Al Gores, weve asked for advice from Nancy Duarte of Duarte Design , the company behind the slide show featured in An Inconvenient Truth , and author of slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations.

Thoughts on why bad presentations don’t go away

PowerPoint Tips

Tags: Design principles Events campaign Death by PowerPoint

20 tips for better conference speaking ~ Authentic Boredom

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20 tips for better conference speaking ~ 16 February 2009 ~ View from on stage as I’m preparing to speak at An Event Apart New Orleans 2008. 1 Jason Zimdars ~ 16 February 2009 Great post. link] 2 Aaron Irizarry ~ 16 February 2009 Great list, definitely#2 rings true, as many of us at my job attend different conferences, some based on search or UX / web design, the one common things that I noticed is someone shares who caught their attention the most.

How to Start Speaking at Events | chrisbrogan.com

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With so many design options, you can use the template over and over and never have it look like the same site. One of my goals for 2009 is to develop a unique small business speaking presentation focused on the web, online reputation, new media, etc.

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Back from the PPTLive conference!

PowerPoint Tips

And I learn best practices, design principles, and new concepts. For example, presentation specialists can pull a meaningful story from a bunch of bullet points and help presenters understand design elements and the audience’s point of view. This year, PPTLive was in Atlanta.

What goes on the last slide?

PowerPoint Tips

Here’s one last slide I once used for a presentation on backgrounds for non-designers. A subscriber wrote me, “I have a question to which I have received as many answers as people I have asked: What content goes on the last slide? Do I end with ‘Thank You!,’

How to Present While People are Twittering | Pistachio

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« Direct Marketing Observations on February 23, 2009 @ 11:03 am Pingback by popurls on February 23, 2009 @ 1:30 pm Pingback by News Update - Best of the Day on February 23, 2009 @ 7:25 pm Pingback by Beneath the Peak» PresenTwittering? Pistachio Micro sharing.

Stanford Passed (and Failed) the Glance Test. Would you?

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Tags: Design Question fail glance test noise pass signal stanford

August Special: $100 off PowerPoint design service

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Take $100 off my PowerPoint design service for the whole month of August! Contact me now to take advantage of this rare discounted rate on PowerPoint design!

August Special: $100 off PowerPoint design service

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Take $100 off my PowerPoint design service for the whole month of August! Contact me now to take advantage of this rare discounted rate on PowerPoint design!

The Creepiest PowerPoint Design Trend of 2009

More than PowerPoint...

Personally, I find this word-mood board style of presentation design distracting and disturbing. Tags: PowerPoint Presentation design architecture. revolutionary. relationships. re-contextualize.

Make Better Presentations - The Anatomy of a Good Speech | chrisbrogan.com

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chrisbrogan.com Home About Speaking Rockstars Newsletters Contact Best Of Make Better Presentations - The Anatomy of a Good Speech February 23, 2009 · Comments You deserve some great tools, so I’d like to share what I’ve been working on.

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May, 2009 PowerPoint 2007 Theme - dun-aqua

PowerPoint Tips

To find out where to save it, open PowerPoint 2007, click the Design tab, and click the More button at the right of the row of themes from the Themes gallery. By request, I'm offering my first PowerPoint 2007 theme. It's the same look as last month's background, but it's a THMX file. At the bottom, choose Save Current Theme, and PowerPoint automatically places you in the right folder. You should be able to see the path to the folder, which you might want to write down.

Create a radial gradient background with a highlight effect

PowerPoint Tips

Even top designers who disavow backgrounds sometimes use gradient backgrounds. Try design variataions. As an example, see the link at the end to the “Create a timeline agenda in PresentationZen style&# which was done by Garr Reynolds.

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Presentations: What To Wear

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Dress so they get a visually pleasing picture but not so they're distracted by your array of non-matching patterns, bold designs or heels so high you look like you're going to trip. "I base most of my fashion sense on what doesn't itch" ~~ Gilda Radner. If asked, most of us would say we want to look our best when we are at the front of a room, presenting to a group of people.

5 Reasons why you don't need to write a book | Penelope Trunk's Brazen Careerist

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There are some pretty good ebook publishers that will help you with design, editing, and marketing. Is this your first time here?

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$100 off PowerPoint design service -- two weeks left!

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Just a quick reminder that you still have two weeks to take advantage of my August PowerPoint design special : Take $100 off my regular rate! Check out some samples of my work here. Read about my service here. Book me now -- time's running out! Specials and Sales

$100 off PowerPoint design service -- two weeks left!

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Just a quick reminder that you still have two weeks to take advantage of my August PowerPoint design special : Take $100 off my regular rate! Check out some samples of my work here. Read about my service here. Book me now -- time's running out!

Results of survey: What resources would help you improve your presentation skills?

PowerPoint Tips

Design principles for non-designers. Design principles. Where to stand, how to design handouts, engaging the audience. How to convince the people you work for not to commit death by PPT–all the skills and creativity and knowledge of a presentation designer cannot overcome resistance by higher-ups who seem committed to boring their audience–they’re still using full sentences! Design in E-Learning.

Social Media Inspired PowerPoint Design for 2009

More than PowerPoint...

"What would you like to see in PowerPoint design in 2009?" My PowerPoint design wishes for 2009? The look and feel of social media techniques will transition into PowerPoint design. Presentations will be designed with audience participation -- and push back -- in mind. Yeah, I want design that stimulates thoughtful discussion. I prefer design that inspires action and meaningful audience participation. Twittery Design.