Happy New Year, everyone! I want to say a big Thank You! to all of you who have been reading Presentation Zen in 2005, and especially to those of you who have written to me personally with your comments and insights. It's been wonderful hearing from so many people from all over the world. I'll do my best to keep "giving it away" and share whatever I can on presentation design in 2006. My goal is to kick it up another notch (or two) this year.
Coolest new blogger for 2006
January 1, 2006 marked the day Silicon Valley legend and start-up guy, Guy Kawasaki, started his first blog, Let the Good Times Roll. When I was with Apple, I was with Guy at a few user group events such as User Group University and You Don't Know Mac, etc. After each presentation Guy made, someone in the audience always asked "when's your next book coming out?" Well, now you don't have to wait: Bookmark Guy's blog for a steady diet of wisdom and sage advice from the frontlines of Silicon Valley.
Bert Decker's Top Ten Best (and Worst) of 2005
For a look back at 2005, checkout Bert Decker's Top Ten Best (and Worst) Communicators of 2005. Steve Jobs is first on the "Best" list — see, I'm not the only one who says SJ is a great role model for presenters.
(Note: The iCard above says Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu (Happy New year). Kotoshimo Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu (impossible to translate well: "Kotoshimo" means "also this year" and "Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu" means something like the feeling of "hope we have a good relationship from now too" or "let's keep in touch" or "let's continue helping each other..." Yoroshiku is one of those things that is understood in Japanese but impossible to explain — you just feel it. So, Yoroshiku in 2006, everyone!)