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June 29, 2007



I'd be curious as to your thoughts on this question:

Do you think that the impact of the third slide would be improved by only showing 8 pieces of sushi on the same size plate, instead of 10?

Garr Reynolds

>Do you think that the impact of the third slide would be improved by only >showing 8 pieces of sushi on the same size plate, instead of 10?

Bill -- Aha, your way ahead of me :-)

Yes, actually the next slide in the sequence is the same slide minus 8 pieces of sushi, leaving just the two (smooth cross fade transition from the 10 to the 2). I removed the 8 pieces in Photoshop and moved the garnish around a bit to make it look natural....

Jeremy Beasley

Great way of using "hara hachi bu" as an analogy for giving effective presentations. I especially like your point about ending the presentation while the audience still loves you rather than forcing a couple more "bites" down their throat.

Charles Martineau

Business Communication was one of my first classes that I took in University, and many people at Uni hated that course, however I was lucky to have a good teacher to help students to become better presenters (however extremely strict dude!!) and one of the first thing he taught us was to never exceed your time limit and try to aim for the 90% of the allowed time. During presentations students had difficulty to do so. He took off a lot of marks when we exceed the time limit but everyone learned from it....well I DID!

About the 80% eating rule... after living with a Japanese family for more than 7 months now, I learned how to eat "just enough" and to never exceed. It is true that you do appreciate the food more and you do feel better after eating only 80% or so of the meal.

Tom Kuhlmann

Great stuff. Love the images. Looking at the two treatments, I prefer the one with the woman in it. I think it connects more in a personal way.

BTW, I love your blog and push a lot of our software users to it. Not only is your information good for presentations, it's also good for thinking about how information if presented in training courses.

gabriele barni

pretty nice!
i am really interested to learn more about "hara hachi bu" .
btw My favorite slide is the last one!

[quote] we usually order as a group and then take only what we need from the shared bounty in front of us[/quote]

that's really not italian way! .. we can find that only in china-restaurant, but here it's really only junk-food (i am sure that mcdonalds is more cleaner). So "Hara hachi bu" is something that we do automatically otherwise we stay very bad the day after. In italy china-restaurant are very bad and all is cooked with the microwheel and prepared month and month ago.

Few years ago spotted also some Janpanes Restaurant, (high quality, and expansive), but also "here hara hachi bu" was not really considered, maibe because it was all so new, and really so rare that we go eat japanese food , that we eat until go overfull =) 110%

gabriele (italy)

Niko Neugebauer

Very nice idea, Garr. Especially in the age of overweight and over deliveries.
I would suggest, if possible, finding or editing a photo almost equal to a second one, but 80% full of food, it would give a direct impact, since most of us are used to see full(100%) plates. You will also give an idea about 80%, without writing the number. =O)

Matthew Cornell

Great post, great idea - thank you! In my six hour personal productivity workshop I actually have 5 1/2 hours of content, which is about right (~90%). People are happy because they get out early, and have still learned a lot of practical material.

Yvonne Scheurich

Great post Garr. Many a feature-length movie could benefit from this advice too: unless a story is really compelling and needs its time to unfold, best to stop stuffing us so full to the point where we're squirming in our seats.
Thanks for sharing.

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