Perhaps you've heard by now, but billionaire oil man T. Boone Pickens is on a mission to make sure the USA has an actual energy strategy under the new US president. He has a plan — The Pickens Plan — and he's been talking about it to anyone who will listen (watch this behind-the-scenes clip from The Daily Show), and he's put together a nice little four-minute presentation outlining the plan. Slides were added to this whiteboard overview presentation (below) with good results. The combination of the whiteboard, the actual map, and animated slides worked well and is something that is easily replicated live in a typical conference room or classroom. Some of the best presentations I have seen were by people who moved from using slides and video to whiteboard to using hands-on visuals such as maps or prototypes, etc. and then smoothly back to slides and so on. Now, Pickens does not get into great detail, but he gives you the story of the plan. In a live setting what would follow from this is lots of discussion, elaboration, and good Q & A, but in the first four minutes you got the story...and you want to hear more. That's how leaders communicate.
The slides were well done and introduced rather smoothly. They look very similar to the kinds of slides Duarte Design creates for Al Gore's presentations. The simple slides did a good job of supporting his narrative. Below are a few of the slides from his talk above.
Pickens gets right to the problem: "...we're importing almost 70%."
Slide in mid-transition. The yearly cost of the dependence = 700 billion/year. Next slide: 750 out of 1000 Americans have cars. In China 44 people out of 1000 have cars.
Pickens: "...we consume 25% of the world's oil..."
"...and have 4% of the people — that's a problem."
Pickens goes analog and brings out a map on poster board. "The United States is the Saudi Arabia of wind power."
Pickens's idea: take natural gas from power generation and use it for transportation, replace it with wind for power generation.
Case in point: Clearwater was a town in decline (slide with subtle Ken Burns effect).
"...but because of wind..."
"...it's a booming community.."
"...this can all be accomplished in ten years if you have the right leadership."
• The Pickens Plan website
• Same whiteboard presentation on YouTube
• "Green T. Boone" talks to Larry King
H/T Brandon Mullins