I have had to write a lot of presentations recently.
One of my major problems with lecturing is not creating the content for the presentation, but taming the medium designed to assist me in my quest to impart knowledge.
One of my biggest faults has being trying to translate the swirling mass of disorganised data in my mind into meaningful, didactic and provoking slides. Designing a non-distracting framework that acts as a virtual mud-map whilst retaining the visual attention of the audience without undue distraction and which can be interpreted without audio… has been challenging
Researching the methodology behind some of the great presenters of visual information led me back to the great 10/20/30 rule of PowerPoint by Guy Kawasaki
To prevent an epidemic of Ménière’s in the venture capital community, I am evangelizing the 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint. It’s quite simple: a PowerPoint presentation should have ten slides, last no more than twenty minutes, and contain no font smaller than thirty points.
This minimalist approach has been taken to the next level by BrainSlides.com with some stimulating advice on presentation design for educators. In particular a recent post “Doctors Orders – Burn your powerpoint presentations” inspired by the Brain Rules of John Medina produced this evocative presentation
Hopefully this will help trim my 120 slides/30minute talk ratio in the near future!