Ideas and Advice from SlideShare Presentations

SlideShare is a website where users can upload and share their presentations. Some of the presentations uploaded are awful, truly awful. Others are visually great, but without the speaker’s narration, I can’t understand what the slides are trying to tell me. And in with the jumble of stuff are some true gems (or at least, I think they’re gems). Here’s a few I’ve added as favorites to my SlideShare account:

This one was created by ReThink (real name: Oliver Adria) and is about presentation design. The slides are well-done, and the entire presentation can be understood by itself.

Here’s one by jhaustin (real name: Jennifer Austin) with some great tips for improving your presentations.

This one is by chereemoore (real name: Cheree Moore(?)) and I think it either won or was a finalist in SlideShare’s “World’s Best Presentation” contest. Unlike the previous two, it doesn’t specifically teach presentation skills, but its structure and style are worth studying.

So if you haven’t already, go visit SlideShare and make yourself a free account. Browse through the presentations and ask yourself which ones “work” and which ones don’t? Which ones are superb examples of design and which ones should be deleted? And your final question: how do your presentations compare? Do they belong in the “this works” category, or the “this stinks” category?

Peace,
Lee

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3 responses to “Ideas and Advice from SlideShare Presentations

  1. You raise a good point when you mention that some of the presentations on slideshare don’t make sense without the presenter. Good presentations don’t!

    Well, okay, good presentations which are designed for presenting to people don’t… the ones you’ve included here haven’t been designed for presenting live – they’ve been designed from presenting online (and even so, the second one’s not exactly fantastic, is it – some of it I can’t read because the font’s too small! šŸ˜¦ ).

    We need to remember that the presenter tells the story. The slides are there to back the presenter up. It’s one of the things we bang on about all the time on our training days (http://www.curved-vision.co.uk) because all too often people are creating PowerPoint slideshows (better software is available! šŸ™‚ ) without thinking about why they’re doing it and they end up with a hybrid mess of something that’s almost stand-alone but isn’t.

    The results are at best boring and at worst actually painful to behold!

    You’ve picked some really cool examples here! Really, really cool.

    Simon

  2. Thanks for your comments, Simon!

  3. I agree with you Simon that good presentations don’t often make sense without the presenter, but for those situations when you must upload something, I’ve started using Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended to create some pretty nifty multimedia PDFs. The original post is here: https://presentations4librarians.wordpress.com/2008/07/18/presentations-with-adobe-acrobat-9/

    Lee

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