Thursday, May 17, 2007

“If you like overheads, you'll love PowerPoint.” Edward Tufte

Recently I have either been sitting through presentations or I have been teaching PowerPoint. Unfortunatley a presentation can be used as a crutch for a good an underdone speech or it can be a distraction. The site PresentationZen is a really good blog exploring the good, the bad, and the ugly of the presentation world. They explore not just PowerPoint but how to give a speech. They have some wonderful clips of really excellent and powerful presentations. The discussions range from questions like do you need a logo on every page to when is is appropriate for animation. Click here for a stand up comedian that really reinforces the problems that are faced when we are forced to sit through a badly designed one. I have always believed that presentation tools like PowerPoint or Keynote are good as tools but they are not a replacement for a well designed speech. Take a look and give it a try.

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