Mario Sundar

LinkedIn's 2nd PR hire. These are my thoughts on products, public relations, and startups.

Presentation styles: Watch and Learn

I almost took the title of my previous post seriously and thought of skipping a post today; but the blogger in me has responded. This will be a short post though:

1. One of my favorite design blogs: Design is a topic that is very close to my heart, because I feel the success of a marketing campaign is closely linked to the effectiveness of ads/images that a company creates. Just take Apple for example. In my pursuit of great blogs on design I stumbled upon Presentation Zen. I just realized that my blog name has a similar feel as the Zen blog, but I digress… Garr Reynolds has created a constantly fascinating blog that any creative person (designer or not) can learn from. Also, feel free to check out presentation tips that you can find on Garr’s website for cool stuff.

2. A recent post from Presentation Zen: One of the key selling points of Presentation Zen are the links that Garr provides to presentations by leading marketing gurus and pioneers to enunciate different presentation styles. Check out the most recent post where he shows video samples and discusses the presentation styles of Seth Godin, Guy Kawasaki and Tom Peters.

3. Another GRRREAT presentation from the Guy: It’s from Guy Kawasaki…Need I say more. It’s a streaming video of the presentation that he made at TiE. Check out the video here.

That’s it from me for today… Signing out…

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2 Responses

  1. The presentation zet stuff is fantastic, isn’t it? For me, though it misses out on one area – specifically the more ‘basic’ stuff of the day-to-day presenter.

    By that, I mean the presenter-who-doesn’t-want-to-be….. In my exprience (I’m a presentation skills trainer in the UK) that’s most of ‘em. Getting people who are so scared of presenting in the first place that they panic and ‘hide’ behind their software (thus creating the worst of PowerPoint) to have the confidence and courage to do something “different” with their PowerPoint is critical.

    This is no critisism of the Pres-Zen stuff at all, but it comes over the the beginner as “out of my league”, causing them to retreat even further and resort to the (frankly appauling) PowerPoint default of title-and-bullit-point (and maybe a random graphic! :) )

    Given that people aren’t going to change (they’re always going to be scared) isn’t it time that the defaults of PowerPoint changed?

    Just a thought….. Simon

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  2. Mario Sundar says:

    Hi Simon,

    Thanks for contributing to this blog.

    Your website has a nice appealing interface, much like your target audience would like to have for their presentation.

    Even marketers who are adept at presentations are apparently NOT! Check out Paul Barsch’s excellent commentary on that topic here: http://blog.marketingprofs.com/2006/06/public_speaking_shakes_most_ma.html

    I hear you; when you say PowerPoint should adapt to scared users, but I believe it’s the individual who has to overcome his fear of the PowerPoint if he/she intends to succeed in this corporate world.

    Do you have a blog that I can check out from time to time?

    – Mario

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