On occasion you’ll see me blog about certain presentations I stumble upon while browsing the TED library. "TED" stands for "Technology, Education, and Design" and features only the best presentations on the most interesting topics. I literally spend hours watching these presentations, both for the content and to learn new and innovative ways to present. They find the worlds greatest thinkers who cram their presentations into under 20 minutes.
I wanted to share the first (of many) of my favorite TED presentations. It comes from David Pogue, a popular New York Times Technology columnist. David is a big Mac fan, as am I, and speaks about the wonderful simplicity of Macs and other products who "got it right." (I apologize to David for the preview image – nothing I can do about that!)
Just like these products, a huge component of effective presentations is simplicity. Too many PowerPoint presentations consist of a number of slides, crammed full of bullet points and full sentences. The slides become so complex and full of information that the audience doesn’t know what they’re supposed to take away from the presentation.
When creating your presentations, make a concerted effort to keep your slides as simple as possible. A single image with your main point (or even no words at all) will resonate in your audience’s mind as the important information comes from you!