I have recently switched to a MacBook Pro from Windows. Just got tired of rebooting my Vista-based computer 3 or more times a day. So far the transition has been relatively painless. That is not to say there isn’t a bit of a learning curve.
All my presentations are now done with Keynote. That’s the same program that Steve Jobs used for his presentations. It is by far much better than PowerPoint.
As part of my transition, I purchased a copy of “iWork 09 – the Missing Manual” by Josh Clark. In this book, Josh includes many tips on how to make great presentations – like the ones Steve Jobs gives. Here are just a few samples from the book in quotes:
- “Plan your talk from the get-go as a spoken presentation. Think about it as if you were having a conversation with just one member of your audience.” Why? The truth is that the words you use in conversations are very different from the words you use when you write an article or paper.
- “Your slides should be as simple and uncluttered as possible. Think of slides as illustrations for your talk, images that complement your (spoken) words”. That’s what I have been preaching all along on this blog.
- “It is fine to show nothing at all during portions of your presentation. Displaying a blank slide puts the focus back on you.” This is a very useful tip when you are talking about a fairly complicated topic. Never show a busy slide or diagram because it is a big distraction to your audience.
- “Know your subject thoroughly, but don’t feel you have to say everything you know.” People have a tendency to cram everything they know in a single slide and in bullet points. In reality, they are using those bullet points as speaking notes or reminders to THEMSELVES. There is nothing wrong with having speaking notes. But You do NOT and should NEVER share your notes with the audience. Both PowerPoint and Keynote have the capability of showing two screens. One screen shows the speaker’s notes to the speaker only and one screen shows the presentation to the audience. It is called the Presenter’s View (PowerPoint) and Presenter Notes (Keynote).