How to Give More Captivating Presentations

PowerPoint is not dead. PowerPoint is not going away. Please embrace that fact and accept the reality that you will continue to use it for the rest of your professional life. There are stories of people giving phenomenal presentations using only props or a whiteboard. If I could draw like the folks at RSA Animate, I would never use slides. But until I’m that adept at drawing or presenting, I’m going to add “slideshow” to my list of constraints, and then have some fun with it.

I found the following presentation on SlideShare, an incredible site where people post their slide decks. It’s amazing what people will freely share. posted one of their pre-launch venture capital pitch decks. Spend some time exploring the site and you won’t be disappointed.

Back to the presentation. It’s by Jan Schultink, an ex McKinsey & Company consultant who now specializes in presentation design. I was riveted by the stunning images and minimalist approach. You will be too.

Downloadable PDF of the presentation lessons for entrepreneurs presentation

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  • Chris Haleua March 18, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks for this Derek. Loved it. Very timely too. Taught me some very valuable points right before I had to give a big presentation.

  • Derek March 20, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Glad you liked it Chris! I hope the big presentation went well.

    Last summer I “mentored” an intern at Accenture. When it came time for them to make their final presentations, I recommended that she use some of the approaches from this presentation. Even though recruiting had given them a “template” to follow, she instead chose full-screen pictures with very little text. Her presentation stood out from the rest like night and day.