Posts Tagged 'Garr Reynolds'

Guides to better presentations

I have mentioned a few times (and have him in the blogroll) the blog of Garr Reynolds, Presentation Zen.

He is incredibly inspiring, especially when pointing to (and analyzing) presentations. If you haven´t yet, go and read his latest book:

For me, this was an eye-opener. Too bad, the present company template for presentations we have to use does facilitate better presentations only to a limited extent.

Another good book that might help in creating better presentations (and that is not bashing the tool for what the users do with it) is Clear and to the Point.

Stephen Kosslyn presents 8 psychological principles that you should apply in order to make your presentations better. Though Powerpoint is mentioned on the title, this applies to all presentation programs.

The 8 principles:

  • How do I connect with my audience?
    • The Principle of Relevance
    • The Principle of Appropriate Knowledge
  • How can I direct and hold attention?
    • The Principle of Salience
    • The Principle of Discriminability
    • The Principle of Perceptual Organisation
  • How can I promote understanding and memory?
    • The Principle of Compatibility
    • The Principle of Informative Changes
    • The Principle of Capacity Limitations

Also recommended to read, albeit not as inspiring as Garr´s book.

Ross Brown gives feedback to a presentation he has received that did apparently not followed the hints and guidelines from either one of the experts above (via):

Your ransom-note-like use of multiple fonts and sizes on each slide led us, the viewers, to identify not with the content but with the feeling of being trapped and held hostage, our freedom being contingent on our ability to appear to understand your many indecipherable charts and graphs. With this quick nod to Stockholm syndrome, we began to feel for you as our captor and, eventually, as our fellow prisoner.

Beware of such presentations!

Links on a grey Tuesday

Looking outside the window you get the impression today that it is already late afternoon. But its only 14.45. Early December, after all.

Two examples why it is always worth to have a look at Garr´s PresentationZen:

Lifehacker on GMail´s Canned Responses: Which Emails Should You Standardize?

The year is coming to an end and many salespeople have to make their budget. Vinnie on Top 10 Stupid Salespeople Tricks – a Rerun. Consider yourself warned.

Erick Mack and David Allen are preparing their Lotusphere session. Interesting to listen to the Podcast: Listen in as David and I discuss Notes and Lotusphere 2009

Blogger Obiutary: Doris Dungey, Prescient Finance Blogger, Dies at 47

The Aardvark no longer speaks. (via)

Joel Spolsky on his style of leadership: How Hard Could It Be? Recommended!

Wired: How Gadgets Helped Mumbai Attackers

Coding Horror: Tending your software garden

I had mentioned Dave´s post on listening lately, but there is more: Jay Rosen in an interesting thread on Friendfeed, where journalists argue why they do not listen to users. And Dave again: If you never listen you never learn. Full ack.

WebWorkerDaily reminds to take the Time to Think Twice About Free.

Powers of Empathy. Read the post and figure out, whose words are looked at. (via)

Looking to 2009: Phil Fersht chatting with Peter Allen of TPI

Another post by 37signals on their use of Amazon EC2: Using the EC2 environment for fewer moving parts

Und noch ein paar für die deutschsprachigen Leser:

Selbsttest – Welche Bürotypen nerven Sie? (via)

Alle Jahre wieder: Der verflixte Resturlaub

Thursday evening linkdump

Eine Woche mit ziemlich Aktivität geht so langsam zu Ende. Und ich räume mal wieder die angesammelten Tabs in Firefox ab:

  • Wenn man zuviel Zeit hat…. – Matt Westcott hat in Javascript einen Sinclair ZX Spectrum programmiert, komplett mit Spielen von damals
  • Garr Reynolds über Seth Godins Buch “Tribes“. Wir gehören ja alle zu einem (oder mehreren Stämmen). Kommt auf die Wunschliste.
  • Ich lese gerade den “Black Swan” von Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Faszinierend. Hier zwei Artikel aus der FAZ:
  • GTD. Auch so´n Hype. Und ein Tool, das einem dabei helfen soll: GTD-free. Mal bei Gelegenheit antesten.
  • Und ein Schwung Posts von Nick Carr. Irgendwie ist sein Blog ein must-read, auch wenn man nicht immer seiner Meinung sein kann oder muss:
  • ein Testbericht über die Nikon D700. Wenn das Teil nicht so verdammt teuer wäre (und ich mehr/besser fotografieren könnte)
  • finde last.fm so langsam richtig gut. Auch da bin ich der authsider
  • Vinnie findet “Enterprise SLAs are so yesterday” und sagt “while outsourcers have some very demanding clients with 24x7x365 uptime SLAs, the majority of their contracts have plenty of evening and weekend downtime hours where their SLAs do not even apply. It is ironic that many outsourcers brag about “enterprise grade SLAs” and actually look down on Google and other SaaS availability as consumerish and amateurish.” Tja, 99,9% Verfügbarkeit oder mehr hört sich ja gut an, aber nur wenn das ganze Jahr gemeint ist und wir nicht jede Woche eine Nacht für planned maintenance abziehen müssen.

    Im Post ein Link zu einem Post von Daniel Druker: SaaS Service Level Agreement 2.0
    Gute Merkpunkte, wenn man SLAs für SaaS vereinbaren will oder muss:

    • Establish a system availability SLA, based on average monthly availability, with bonuses for overachieving and increasingly steep penalties for downtime beyond the agreed level.
    • Establish a system response time SLA, based on average monthly response time, with penalties for slow system performance.
    • Establish an error resolution time SLA, with different windows for different severity levels (system down vs. workaround) and again with penalties for not being responsive.
    • Establish a fail over window for disaster recovery SLA in the case of a catastrophic failure of the vendor’s infrastructure.
    • Ensure that you can get your data back if you ever decide to leave, and that the vendor will assist you in migrating away, for an appropriate professional services fee.
  • Der Economist mit einem netten Bericht, wie Porsche kürzlich die Hedgefonds und andere Leerverkäufer abgezogen hat. Wendelin Wiedeking und Holger Härter sind die besten Zocker im ganzen Land.
  • Das US-Justizministerium hats auch gemerkt: DOJ Taps Google as New Microsoft – “The Department’s investigation revealed that Internet search advertising and Internet search syndication are each relevant antitrust markets and that Google is by far the largest provider of such services, with shares of more than 70 percent in both markets.”
  • Jürgen Dollase in der FAZ über Olivier Roellinger, einen französischen Spitzenkoch, der seine Michelin-Sterne zurückgibt: “Abschied von den Sternen“. Respekt.
  • Google beginnt auch mit cost-cutting. Zumindestens in New York.
  • Zoho Status. Das ist Transparenz, die man sich von IT-Dienstleistern – egal ob für Services in der Cloud oder klassiche Hosting-Services wünscht. (via)
  • Killer Consultant Florian Hollender mit einem Post über besseres packen für den Business-Trip und einem Verweis auf einen klasse Podcast bei Manager Tools zum Thema. Anhören!
  • Vinnie nochmal, hier mit einem Rant über SAP, gescheiterte Projekte und den Ausstieg aus dem Hostinggeschäft: “Those who ignore history…“. Ja, ist eine Menge wahres dran…
  • Robert mit einem Verweis auf “Das Schweigen der Quandts“. Jaja, ich bin zu spät, aber er hat doch den Link auf Google Video drin, zum spätergucken.

So, das isses. Alle Tabs abgeräumt. Schönen Abend noch.