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Death by PowerPoint (and how to fight it):

Death by PowerPoint (and how to fight it) Alexei Kapterev

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There are 300 million PowerPoint users in the world* * estimate

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They do 30 million presentations each day * * estimate

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About a million presentations are going on right now* * estimate

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50% of them are unbearable * * conservative estimate

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LOTS of people are killing each other with bad presentations. NOW .

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They are all DEAD ! Well, almost.

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Bad presentations Bad communication Bad relations Less sales Less money Less training A vicious circle

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Let’s make the world a better place.

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Why are they doing it?!

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 Bullets don’t kill people  People kill people  Unintentionally  Yet regularly Research shows:

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Mainly due to lack of...  Significance  Structure  Simplicity  Rehearsal

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Significance  

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To “pass the information”? Your boss told you to? Or to make meaning ? Why do you present?

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What’s the subject and why it matters to you?

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 Significance creates passion  Passion attracts attention  Attention leads to action How presentations work

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Are you passionate ? Check yourself.

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This is passion.

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This is passion.

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This is passion.

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This is not .

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Can’t find the meaning? Don’t present.

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Structure   

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Structure is how you place the building blocks of your story.

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 Convincing  Memorable  Scalable Q: What structure to use? A: Any – as long as it is:

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 Problem – Pathway – Solution  Problem – Solution – Reasoning  Fancy stuff (if it makes sense) Structure choices

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Give 3-4 reasons supporting your point. They will not remember more anyway.

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} 45 minutes 1 argument 2 argument 3 argument Memorable opening Memorable closing 1 More details... 2 More details... 3 More details... 1 More details... 2 More details... 3 More details... 1 More details... 2 More details... 3 More details...

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You can tell this in... 5 minutes 15 minutes 45 minutes It is scalable.

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Simplicity   

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Everything should be made as simple as possible but not simpler. “ ”

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Apparently, being simple is not that simple. Will give you some examples.

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Don’t worry: knowing the language doesn’t really help.

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Notice cool background.

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Hey, we’ve got DATA!

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This one’s my favorite.

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Fundamental problem?

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 Visualize ideas  Create key points  Impress PowerPoint helps to:

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 Prompter  Handouts  Data dumps They use it as:

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People read faster than you speak. This means you are useless .

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How much is an extra slide? $0.00. Zero Dollars. Break it in several. It’s free.

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What’s the point? One simple point? Remove everything else.

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Well, some are just hopeless.

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Do you remember the rule: 7 lines per slide or less 7 words per line or less? Well, it is just plain stupid If you follow this “rule” You get a slide like this Ditch stupid “rules”

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Ditch stupid “rules” Do you remember the rule: 7 lines per slide or less 7 words per line or less? Well, it is just plain stupid If you follow this “rule” You get a slide like this Cramped. Boring.

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Simple design rules*  One point per slide  Few matching colours  Very few fonts  Photos , not clipart * pun intended

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Less text. More imagery. Wild imagery.

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But what if I need to send or print the slides?

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Write a document

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The Largest Leasing Companies Hansa Leasing РГ Лизинг Авангард-Лизинг Raiffeisen Leasing ММБ-Лизинг Make 2 sets of slides

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Print with notes

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Inform with little text* * yes you can

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Rehearsal  

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It will never work completely for the first time. Trust me.

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YOU PRESENTATION RECIPIENT Feedback . Go get some.

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No audience? Present to the furniture. But aloud . Try it.

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Check the room and equipment.

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Presentation checklist

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All this leads to...

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Wow * * great presentations

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Alexei Kapterev Offshore presentation design & consulting kapterev@gmail.com www.kapterev.com

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