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August 12, 2010




It is clear that Bill chose to improve himself, and it has paid off in spades. I'm sure his audiences have appreciated it as well.

Bravo, Bill! Nobody is laughing at this slide deck.

Ben Decker

Great post Garr! We will continue to direct our clients/partners to this blog. Very valuable for people to see the changes someone successful like Bill Gates has made. Incredible transition for him - should push everyone to be willing to change what they use as slides, as their support. Keep it up!

Brian  Rice

Life long learning and continuous improvement is always inspiring, especially when it is in people like Bill Gates. I wonder if it is his passion to influence others with his own mission that propelled him into this improvement?


If only Steve Ballmer would do the same.


The presentation technology used for the Impatient Optimists presentation in DC was WATCHOUT version 4. It is a perfect solution for wide screen or multi-screen presentations with an evolved presenter. That is why it looks great and made the message clear to the audience.

Mike Sporer

Enormous transformation! His old way contained paragraphs.......stilltoo many people using templates. Better to use nothing at all!!


The other noticeable aspect of the presentation is Mr. Gates' use of body language. I hark back to an old Malcolm Gladwell article on Cesar Milan which focussed on this aspect.

An excerpt
== quote ==
Movement experts like Bradley use something called Laban Movement Analysis to make sense of movement, describing, for instance, how people shift their weight, or how fluid and symmetrical they are when they move, or what kind of "effort" it involves. Is it direct or indirect—that is, what kind of attention does the movement convey? Is it quick or slow? Is it strong or light—that is, what is its intention? Is it bound or free—that is, how much precision is involved? If you want to emphasize a point, you might bring your hand down across your body in a single, smooth motion. But how you make that motion greatly affects how your point will be interpreted by your audience. Ideally, your hand would come down in an explosive, bound movement—that is, with accelerating force, ending abruptly and precisely—and your head and shoulders would descend simultaneously, so posture and gesture would be in harmony. Suppose, though, that your head and shoulders moved upward as your hand came down, or your hand came down in a free, implosive manner—that is, with a kind of a vague, decelerating force. Now your movement suggests that you are making a point on which we all agree, which is the opposite of your intention. Combinations of posture and gesture are called phrasing, and the great communicators are those who match their phrasing with their communicative intentions—who understand, for instance, that emphasis requires them to be bound and explosive. To Bradley, Cesar had beautiful phrasing.
== end quote ==

John Harper

I was the lead art director on these projects (Impatient Optimist and TED 2010) while working for PBJS (the creative agency in Seattle). It was a great pleasure to produce these designs along with Maiko Senda and Greg Simanson, creative director Ian Saunders, and the team at Watchout.

Thanks for shining a spotlight on our work!

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