Monday, 7 December 2009

Presentations – the 5 rules

I really enjoy delivering presentations.

My style is constantly evolving, but there are a few elements that will probably not change, I differ from the majority of my colleagues as I firmly believe that “traditional” presentations lack effectiveness.


There are are 2 main books I would point you at if you asked how to be a better presenter:


Presentation Zen Slide:ology


Presentation Zen (Garr Reynolds) is a general guide to delivering presentations, Slide:ology (Nancy Duarte) is more focussed on the slideware. Both are excellent reads!

[Thanks to Ant Clay for lending me Slide:ology]


You can get the “5 rules” that Duarte apply from within PowerPoint 2010!!!! Read the Duarte blog post here:


Open PowerPoint 2010 > Click on File > New >  In Available Templates and Themes click on Sample Templates


select sample templates

Open: Five Rules


Select 5 rules

Start the Slide Show (either hit F5 or from the Slide Show ribbon element click From Beginning)


This is well worth 5 minutes of your time….


  1. Great job, you can create even better PowerPoint presentation using animated PowerPoint templates this is great solution to make quality presentation faster. Try to and I'm sure you'll like it.

  2. Thanks a lot I used your article when I write my English paper for me, and i passed on my presentation, thanks again.

  3. Thank you for the excellent article. I also use these five rules in my work with presentations. The specificity of my job is that a good presentation for clients, helps to better understand what we are doing, and for what they pay us money, and this is almost half the work. To make presentations look as bright and attractive as possible, I use ready-made powerpoint templates.


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