Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Life After Death by Powerpoint

When I first had the idea to start this blog I thought about posting this video right away. A colleague of mine had sent me this a few months ago and I crack up every time I watch it, because I see these mistakes on a daily basis at my job.

Life After Death by PowerPoint

Don McMillan | MySpace Video

The video is from one of his comedy sketches and you can view more of his video on his MySpace page.

Here's another must-see slideshow created by presentation consultant Alexei Kapterev called “Death by PowerPoint (and how to fight it)”. He describes the slideshow as, "Fighting death by PowerPoint... How to make a presentation and not to bore your audience to death"

If you want some advise on creating better Powerpoints for video, I've included a link below to a document I created a number of years ago for my videoconferencing clients called, "Designing Effective Graphics for Videoconferencing."

DivShare File - designing_ppt.pdf

You can also check Garr Reynolds' web site for his Top 10 Slide Tips. His blog Presentation Zen also offers a wealth of professional design and presentation tips.

Finally, if you can't get enough of Powerpoint you can also check out Master Views International.

The web site is devoted to "Information Design and Powerpoint Skills, Tools and Resources: For International Presenters." I highly recommend it but be warned, if you're not careful you could spend hours there.