slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations
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The main point, which I know is my greatest weakness, is brevity, and using PPT as an aid to your presentation.
reading are conflicting activities.
On the other hand, it’s natural for people to simultaneously pay attention to both verbal and visual communication.
2) You also need to better anticipate the audience’s needs initially and adjust the delivery accordingly.As presenters, the natural tend...more
Great layout, shame about the content.
This book piqued my interest as the author's company designed Al Gore's presentation in An Inconvenient Truth.
The author managed to distill many of the key tenets of great presentations - a lot that I innately knew from my line of work, but embarrassingly don't practice enough. There's a lot of, dare I say, best practices in here.
I bought the book at a time when I was struggling to depict a very technically complex manpower planning system in a way that was intuitively understandable. As I wo...more
The twelve chapters covers creating a new ideology, creating ideas, creating diagrams, displaying data, thinking like a designer, arranging elements, visual elements,...more
The book does a good job showing the users a vast array of different styles of presentation, and assures the user that it is not only ok, but important to have your own style.
Appropriate use of animation for slide transitions is discussed.
How/when to use bullets was discussed. Currently, most people over-use them leading to the opposite of the attended effect of a bullete...more
However, rather than being another list of rules (which is, frankly, what I expected), silde:ology gives you the why of the rules, as well as examples of successful rule-breakage.
There is no absolute right way to make a good presentation. You can be as artsy and outlandish as you want, just as long as you are reac...more
The book is written smartly and concisely and lays down both the basics and takes you on a conceptual journey how and why to create a presentation. She starts by explaining how your presentation should be attuned to audience needs and then goes on how to build a deck from concept to the design stages. She also gives an introduction in design which doesn't become too basic for experienced re...more
This books focus mainly on the (graphical) design aspect (whereas PresentationZen puts this emphasis on the approach and methodology).
You'll learn a lot by the repetitively 'before-after' approach: a bad slide compares with its refactored version; impressive.
You will get another perception of your favourite presentation tool (PowerPo...more
7 questions for knowing audience
1. what are they like
2. why are they here
3. what keeps them up at night
4. how can you solve their problem?
5. what do you want them to do?
6. how might they resist?
7. how can you best reach them?
5 data slide rules
1. tell the truth
2. get to the point
3. p9ick the right tool for the job
4. highlight what's important
5. keep it simple
placement of elements created meaning: contract, flow, hierarchy, unity, proximity, whitespace
on a slide - avoid m...more
The pages sometimes have too many infografics and examples, but in general I consider the Slide:ology a must read for presenter, along with The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience Reat in Front of Any Audience
Granted, you have to practice an active skill to improve right? So I am not expecting magic right after finishing it. But it was beautiful (lack of a better word) to read, interesting, informative and I could tell they know their stuff. It will be a great reference I will look at a million times in the future when applying their advice and improving. Having spent tons of hours creating presentations I...more
This book provides some great ideas and cases as to how people are breaking the mold to make their presentations more of an experience than just a way to slap up bullet points and cluttered text.
The best-practices regarding web design differ from that of creating presentations. For years, I've had hunches regarding this and other aspects regarding presentation tools, but ne...more
Color is important: dark background is formal; light background is informal. In a dark room, a light background can light up the room, lightening the mood.
Use the rule of thirds when creating slides and cropping photos to make them look professional.
Relate to your audience....more
There are few people in my life that enjoy putting together a good presentation as much as I, and I thought this would be a great read and fit for my interests. But in the end, it was too long, too technical, and too comprehensive.
Also, small nit:...more
My one gripe is that the main text of the book is gray. Not black, gray. It looks all pretty when glancing at the page, but makes it harder to read for no good reason. Considering the excellent design of the res...more
The book is easy to read and reference as it uses a lot of pictures and slides. Although a lot of the text uses too small of a font size -- very surprising considering the...more
For someone who is new to presentation preparation Slideology is an inspiring book but I would first recommend Resonate, also by Duarte.
And between this one and Presentation Zen, the latter is still my favorite.
She also was the one who changed the slides Al Gore had originally into the documentary slide show known as An Inconvenient Truth