Death after Powerpoint video

There are a lot of tips and guidelines on designing and delivering an effective presentation. As a follow up to an earlier post on the techthink blog, I have managed to find some good resources that can help students understand what makes a good presentation. There seem to be 2 general sets of guidelines for designing effective presentations and many resources tend to focus on them in some form or another.

The Rule of Six

No more than 6 bullets/lines on a slide and no more than 6 words or numbers in a bullet/line.

Fatal Five

Avoiding The Fatal FiveAs far as I can tell, the fatal five originated from the book “Why bad presentations happen to good people“. They were summed up at this site and I have listed them below.

  1. Reading the Slides
  2. Too long, Too much information
  3. Lack of interaction
  4. Lifeless Presenters
  5. Room/Technical Problems

Here are some great sites that go into more depth about designing your presentations and some examples of these ideas in practice.

Pecha Kucha is a neat approach to presenting. “Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each – giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up.” The author of the Wired article on Pecha Kucha tried following the guidelines for his presentation below:


Seth Godin posted helpful lists of dos and don’ts on his blog as well as a more conservative version of the rule of six.

This site has a great presentation that discusses good design by demonstrating what not to do.

Garry Reynolds is an author and marketing professor. His blog, Presentation Zen offers several examples of great presentations. More tips can be found here. I would also recommend Garry’s post that compares the presentation styles of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.

If you have some resources or websites, please share them in the comment sections.

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