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?