During our lunch break at a recent training, one of the training participants put up this video as an example of a technical speaker using creative visuals. It was a big hit with the group, who are in a technical field and are conflicted about the concept of image-based slides.
I just have to mention that Simon Wardley and I clearly think alike. Last year, during a coaching session with a client who was going to be speaking about cloud computing, I suggested he ask random people what they thought it meant, and then use their definitions for humor. Great minds...
Just a note on the comments below the video. It's interesting to me how several people were disturbed by what they considered to be irrelevant and uninformative slides. This is a perfect example of a presentation that takes a complex and technical topic and makes it accessible and entertaining to an audience of laypeople. But the technical people are upset that the slides aren't full of data.
As one commenter said, "Did you listen to what he SAYS at all? A good presentation is never about the slides but about the story in the speech!"
This is the ongoing struggle between those who cling to the old way of doing slides, for no good reason, and those who are actually making an effort to serve the audience's needs and create presentations that are memorable and help the audience retain what they've learned.
P.S. Here's a previous post about a conversation I had with someone on Twitter about cloud computing. I think I finally understand.
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