With a seldom seen depth of knowledge and passion for his subject, David Phillips has become the leading Swedish figurehead in the art of making presentations. He is the founder and owner of Sweden's largest resource on the subject: Presentationsteknik.com. He is also author of the ground-breaking book "How To Avoid Death By PowerPoint" published in more than 30 countries.
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PS: If he would have searched Ted archives he would have found a fabulous talk by an artist who showed how to make an amazing Power Point. Wouldn't you rather learn how to do something amazing rather than just learn to do it ok?
That was the longest talk to make one or two points that I've ever seen. TED was a lot better when they had ten minutes to present an idea that could change the world. Now they have what 15-20 minutes to present something that insults the intelligence of their audience.
Hi, I was wondering how you would integrate images. I have the other concepts down, but I find that my presentation can look a bit boring due to lack of images, or sometimes I feel as it looks awkward when I put in images.
if one of your instructors at school ask you to watch this video is because you have a problem, but seriously all jokes at side this was a fantastic video that really opened my eyes and I hope I can make better [presentations now lol
How many times have you pulled out a frozen dinner, read the instructions, tossed the box in recycling, pulled the box out, reread the instructions, tossed the box, put the dinner in the microwave, sighed, pulled out the box, re-read the instructions, tossed the box, repeat, repeat, repeat...
The 2-3min per slide shown in a bad slide example right in the beginning is a persistent mantra here in Brazil. The limited quantity also. I REALLY enjoyed the contrast tip! No particular fan on the dark background, since I use slides for teaching and I believe a brighter background helps student to stay awake. The relative size of elements explanation was also great, although a common mistake I observe is how people don't really manage the space avaliable, using small fonts and images for large classrooms. Useful information and a charismatic presentation. Very good, sir!
This is great, being in the military we're constantly bombarded with powerpoint presentations as well as producing our own, alot of the time there usually upto 100+ slides and the amount of infomation per slide is horrendous to say the least even though we have courses on presenting and using powerpoint as a visual aid which is similar to your TED talk, people still end up losing the audience within the first few minutes. From now on I shall be using your method and hopefully bring others to the fold. Thank you P.S it was nice not finding myself drifting off to sleep during this.
We want to give presentations the same way as the other people do, because it's safe to be like others. If you're not like others, then you're a potential threat to them. Social conformity is in action.
As great as this was, at times it felt like he was a drunk guy on the other side of the room and had decided he was going to try and sleep with me. His overwhelming confidence was actually a bit creepy...
The principles are good guidlines for presentations, no doubt. The purpose of a presentation is to deliver information, you state. Creating that information is a different purpose and a different process. The image you show from the US Forces in Afghanistan is NOT a Powerpoint, it is a momentary photography of a inquiry of a group of mimitary staff guided by consuktants, lasting several months and developing "causal diagrams" of a very compkex situation. What you show is one of a long series if such diagrams, developed using the software Vensim. This inquiry is comparable to a group of engineers trying to find out how to set up a switchboard with bundreds of components. The diagram gives them visual feedback, und underneith the diagram are ewuations, so the whole thing can be simumated to see where it behaves szrprisingly (that is, where the team must thibk harder). The process itself is complicated, which is why krganizations use consultants specialized in the methodokogy of "system dynamics" to go through it. By the end, the diagram is only an external "boundary object" and everyone on the team understands it. Feynmann said "what I cannot create, I do not understant". Turned around: what you have crrated yourself, you understand.
When such things have to be delivered as oresentations, there are specific guidelines, quite simikar to the ones you have presented.
This part if your talk is misleading your audience. Your whole point would have come over very well without this little excursion. I personally believe that you are doing harm to the whole discipline of "system dynamics", maybe without the intention to do so. But please, do not use images of compley models (or construction plans) as if they were final presentations.
That being said, maybe your critical eye would be helpful at the "system dynamics conference" : there is a certain number of presenters who may be good at creating infornation, but their presentations leave much soace for improvement.
Well said and well presented i like the way you presented your thoughts on Tedx Talks because when you write too many sentences on your presentations people start reading it while some of them by seeing the lenght do not pay attention and the person who is presenting it is like what i'm doing because nobody is listening and you have put all the things that distract people not to listen to the person who is presenting it the same thing i tried to make understand to the person who has given me a presentation said " i don't care i want the presentation not like this because it will bore the people" well nice video
I love this. I use slides for Purchasing Training and I have been trying to clean up my presentations, and give them a sleeker, more polished feel. Since lots of words are sometimes needed when teaching, I took my old slides and made them in to a manual that I handed out after my presentation. I used every one of these tips in my new slides and the feedback so far has been awesome.
freaking awesome (neural executions) found myself here after the storytelling speech and trolloping all the mindless comments with...... the most powerful tool is the human brain, and power point is a combination of all three. talk, text and pictures.
lol. I get it. I gotcha. we are on the same wavelength. looks left, looks right, halp
I can't thank you enough for this video. It came just at the right time for me. I was hired to do a presentation and wrote it. After watching your video I re-did it and it was much better, of course, and was extremely successful. Thank you.
Speaking from my soul. As videotechnican I've seen like hundreds of killing presentations. And as though there were a few living from the art of presenting performed by the speaker there was only ONE that I kept in mind for that it was just awesome. It took 90 minutes, it was about a kind of boring topic ( the developement of the western beverage market under the influence of chinese companies invading) and it got standing ovations. It had only five slides and no text at all. And guess what ... it was a swedish presenter. I guess someone over there has understood :D
And now imagine the ones where the presenter is reading the whole text from the presentation with stuttering, endless repeats and a breath taking monotonous voice .... AAAAAARRRRRGGG during my buisness live I died so many times.^^
In my experience, size and contrast does not really matter, because my schools has already “trained” or “conditioned” me to focus on the body. Everyone in my class knows that the meat of the slide is in the body, which always has the smaller text, as such the header would be a summary of the content. With contrast, if the content is accumulative (i.e. points build upon previous ones, even across lessons) the students will have to pay attention to the teacher while taking down notes. The lack of contrast makes this as exercise in paying attention. In my opinion, paying attention while taking down notes is a skill that is required especially if you want to improve your working memory and paraphrasing skills. I guess this takes down the “no text sentence” point, but I will greatly appreciate if the presentation did not have text sentences. Also, if the teacher is generous, they will give time to show the presentation and give the students time to take down notes (or copy the contents). Because of that contrast would actually hinder me from doing so, especially if I am copying in a point far behind the point that the teacher is talking about. As a consolation, you can also improve teamwork and socialization with your friends or classmates to “fill in” the gaps in your notes. I guess if the students are smart enough, they would strategize on note taking, by “dividing up” the contents of lecture to be copied by a portion of the students. The last part is the most optimistic and rather inefficient so….
The massive problem with this approach, and I never saw it being addressed, is that in most companies powerpoint are not really used for presentations only, but really used to meet TWO objectives: 1) As a presentation method, as the was describing it, but also 2) As a self contained, self explanatory report, a repository of information, which can be read and understood on its own. And that is the problem!! These are two very different things which we try to accomplish with the same product. Most powerpoints are horrible because we build then as reports which can be sent beforehand by email to people and then understood by them just by reading it. There are clearly cases when a presentation is just a presentation, but 90% of the cases in big companies, if a powerpoint is built like he instructs in this video, it will be rejected by managers and coworkers simply because it cannot be read.
This was required viewing in my nurse practitioner doctorate program. I never knew there was a correct way of designing a PowerPoint. After listening to your talk, it all makes sense. Why allow the PowerPoint presentation to upstage the presenter? I have learned a lot in your 20 minutes TEDx Talk. Thank you.
The original purpose of PowerPoints was to use them to aid presentations. Nowadays they're mainly used to pass around from person to person. So filling it with a minimal amount of words makes it hard for someone else to understand it if you're not there to explain it.
I think these rules are quite good, but I still don't see the use in the scientific presentation, where there are great amount of details that should be somehow organized. Oftentimes the presentation serves afterwards as a reference for study. I cannot imagine applying your rules to them. Am I wrong? Does anybody used that rules in e.g maths or physics presentation ?
Yet we need to present great amount of data and/or details, but often people think that means jamming everything under the sun on one slide, and also have many many slides. Even though us research students are used to it, doesn't mean it isn't painful to sit the entire presentation, more so with slides just full of sentences we don't even read. I think the rules are golden because they are made for the viewers, not for the presenters - the one thing scientific/academic presentations tend to forget. In our case our viewers can handle more (as in more than 6 objects maybe), but we have to keep in mind when designing our presentation that we don't want our viewers to lose focus at least 60-80% of the time. I will follow his rules but design it to fit my viva audience - they can handle more info per slide but I want to design it in a way that keep them engaged. It is gonna be a lot harder since we have so many complex data, but it is worth trying. We can redesign the reference and print in another powerpoint with much more info, but the slides for the presentation alone should be simpler and focused.
Thank you for that amazing talk. I've just been through my latest presentation and trashed all the bad parts which actually took time to put in. I hadn't realised how many bad habits I had acquired from other presentations which you think are essential. So much easier to see the information now because it is no longer cluttered with rubbish. How did I not see how bad it was? Doh! A thank you from my future audiences.
There is a pretty glaring logical fallacy here. There's a VAST difference between being able to count 6 objects on the screen and being able to UNDERSTAND those 6 objects. I guarantee you there's not a 500% difference in the time or energy required to evaluate and understand 7 points vs. 6 points (or sub-points). It's just illogical to conclude this. Once you move beyond simply perceiving the number of objects into rationally evaluating them, you're already engaged in the same mental process that you will apply to all 7 objects. Evaluating each item on the list would take essentially the same mental effort and time. So the difference in effort would be no more than 16.67%. Or to put it differently, if it takes 30 seconds to evaluate and understand a list of 6 features or benefits, it would take only 35 seconds to evaluate and understand a list of 7.
His points:- use powerpoint as subtitute, don't out whole sentences on slides- only one key message and maximum 6 objects at one slide- Use dark backround, so people are focused on you- Make the headers small and the content big, because people focus on the big objects and that should be the important ones- Use animations/powerpoint tools, let stuff you don't talk about fade in the backround/highlight things that you talk about