In previous posts we made the distinction between ballroom and conference room presentations. The requirements for persuading smaller audiences (details, interaction, no distractions) call for a Conference Room style presentation. Conference Room style presentations tend to contain lots of details on each slide, the slides are printed, not projected, and every slide must pass the squint test. The squint test is ensuring that your slide or hand out reinforces its main message. This can result in overcrowded but useful slides.
Ballroom presentations are typically for a large audience with hardly any bullet points and slick graphic design as well as a good structure of the presentation. In the past I have read and reviewed several books about presentations. Presentation Zen and Slide:ology are perfect books to read when needing sound advice on slide design and graphics. They are also great in ideas on how to build your presentation for ballrooms, how to prepare the presentation, what has to be in it, how to structure it. Putting your ideas to the slides.
More recent blog posts and advice around ballroom presentations are abundantly present on the web. They vary in the amount of nerdness needed to develop a good presentation. One blog post with simple advice for ballroom presentations is about Making presentations in the TED style.
- Thou Shalt Not Simply Trot Out thy Usual Shtick.
- Thou Shalt Dream a Great Dream, or Show Forth a Wondrous New Thing, Or Share Something Thou Hast Never Shared Before.
- Thou Shalt Reveal thy Curiosity and Thy Passion.
- Thou Shalt Tell a Story.
- Thou Shalt Freely Comment on the Utterances of Other Speakers for the Sake of Blessed Connection and Exquisite Controversy.
- Thou Shalt Not Flaunt thine Ego. Be Thou Vulnerable. Speak of thy Failure as well as thy Success.
- Thou Shalt Not Sell from the Stage: Neither thy Company, thy Goods, thy Writings, nor thy Desperate need for Funding; Lest Thou be Cast Aside into Outer Darkness.
- Thou Shalt Remember all the while: Laughter is Good.
- Thou Shalt Not Read thy Speech.
- Thou Shalt Not Steal the Time of Them that Follow Thee.
In general these ten points could be offered as advice to some of us and to some of our ballroom presentation, they are not to be considered as laws but as advice to be taken seriously when appropriate.
Making a presentation with all the knowledge gathered from the books about presentations do cost a lot of time and effort. Being interested in the developments of presentations and reading a lot on how to make presentations it takes me much more time to make a presentation. You could ask a professional designer such as the Duarte company who made the famous presentation for Al Gore to develop your presentation with you. They have even written a post about: When to hire a professional designer.
A big conference in two months where the boss is giving a keynote presentation. The boss points directly at you. “Hey,” he barks. “You’ve been learning PowerPoint, right? Make me some killer slides!”
What do you do?
What is a PresentationCamp?
This idea appealed to me the most. Instead of organizing a conference with different speakers about a topic you organize a starting session in which everyone who likes to can have one minute to present to make a pitch, and then the group decides on the schedule of the day based on consensus. Others can help with logistics, securing sponsorships, organizing sessions, or setting up/cleaning up. This is a self organizing collaborative event that is designed be a fun, rewarding and a unique experience.
Presentation.io is part of drop.io. On drop.io you can share files, add free phone conference line,” a free number to call in and record voicemails to MP3s, group chat, and other features. Presentation.io combines all these elements and brings them to their logical conclusion: Upload files, send a bunch of friends to the link, and then show them off with either phone conference audio or real-time chat. On this next video you can see how this works:
A more geeky way to make presentations is with the use of Keynote and iMovie from Apple. This post on Presentation Zen has some videos with examples and instructions on how to make these presentations.