Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Presentation tips for science & business

Since I am at the interface of these two subjects - and in the process of defining my own presentation style for PhysMath Central, it is always interesting to get tips on how to make presentations more compelling. Two invaluable blog posts have helped me here.

The first and most recent is from Chad Orzel at Uncertain Principles. Specifically aimed at physicists using Powerpoint he gives many bite-sized nuggets of wisdom including 'Equations are death';
Yes, physics is a mathematical science. It doesn't mean that people want to look at slide after slide of nothing but equations. There are few experiences as soul-crushing as sitting in a dark room watching somebody do algebra.
The second is from acclaimmed valley VC Guy Kawasaki. The espouses the 10/20/30 rule of pitching to venture capitalists.
It’s quite simple: a PowerPoint presentation should have ten slides, last no more than twenty minutes, and contain no font smaller than thirty points.

The comments on both postings contain many further tips to turn you into a presentation master. Also, learn how to receive a standing ovation and see some of the best presentations evuh!


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