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December 05, 2005



This is great stuff. I am so tired of seeing presentations that look like they were put together by elementary school kids or ADD teens. A good idea is better than gold, but a good idea that is not well executed/communicated is awful.

Thanks for your well rendered idea.

Javier Cabrera (ClearYourMind)

Awesome post, and true; the best way to get something close to "excellence" is looking at the bests on the field.

Now, I would like you to speak of a subject that is making me mad... I have panic to speak in public. I just can't do it, I start thinking on how to get out (jump off the window, start running -this one I did once... oh my god-) and how to solve that problem without the common: speak in public, you'll get over it.

Is a common problem (I think, I read!) and there must be some way to break that sensation of "man, what I'm doing here, how can I get out!".

The bottom line: I can't do a presentation because of that ;-( can you talk of the subject here?


Walt Kania

Garr: Excellent stuff. Always enjoy your posts and insights.

This line in your post especially, struck a chord: "The idea that I'm trying to spread is that conventional wisdom about presenting is completely off kilter."

I have tried to do the same in my particular area of communications. But the idea fell on deaf ears. No one cares much about whether the conventional wisdom is right or wrong. No one paid any attention to "the conventional way is all wrong, for all these reasons."

I got no traction whatever, until I switched the orientation head-for-tail, much like Kathy Sierra suggests. ("Help your users kick ass".)

People pay much more attention, when the message is. . . "If you want to be as dazzlingly engaging as Steve Jobs, if you want to mesmerize your clients and peers, do it like this. If you want to out-present that schlump across the hall, do it like this."

Then they pay attention.


Nice photos. Remember that text (what you write on white boards, signs) photographs really well and helps your photos tell a story.

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