How to Make a Presentation Deck that Doesn't Stink | Christine vs. Work 2022

May 23, 2022

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Iโ€™m staring at a blank slide deck in agony. Now what?

Making slide deck presentations (you know, Powerpoint and the like) is a common task on the jobโ€”but how do you deliver a slideshow that really blows people away? If youโ€™re not a graphic designer or a superstar at presentation software, whatโ€™s the best way to approach building a deck? And how do you succeed at putting on a good show?
In this episode, Christine speaks with Dan Zedek, professor of journalism and media innovation at Northeastern University and design professional, about how to write and design a presentation with energy and impact.

00:00 Is making a slide deck painful for you, too?
01:35 Let’s talk about that first blank slide.
02:20 What are the common mistakes?
02:43 How long should a single slide last?
03:28 How much personality be in my presentation?
04:02 How does the audience change how I design my slides?
04:45 Ok, where do I really start?
05:35 Teach me how to be a designer, please.
07:33 A Slide Deck About Slide Decks

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    Harvard Business Review May 23, 2022 at 3:21 pm

    Making slide decks! Love 'em? Hate 'em? โ€”Christine

  2. This is a valuable information, thank you. I need to do a presentation slides for upcoming group presentation. But the problem is I have no knowledge on what is good for a presentation. I always start with a background decoration, pictures then text and lastly designing the slide. Your slide looks simple yet beautiful and eye-catching so opposite of my slides. My work always look tight with design it does not suit for a formal presentation.

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    Innthee Aroonsuck May 23, 2022 at 3:21 pm

    Love this video. It really helepd me understand the purpose of a presentation deck and how to build one effectively! Cheers!

  4. This was great!! Thanks so much.

  5. Great information. I have a presentation for a big client in a couple of days and I was obsessing over it (hence my being here). This really helped!

  6. much better deck

  7. Youโ€™re awesome Christine ! Thank you for being you and being a great help with your videos . So grateful for you !!


  9. This is so good! Thank you! I am in L&D and create a lot of presentations. You asked about areas help is needed…how nice of you! Here is my ask…we are all awkward right now returning to face to face life. The handshake has always been a cultural norm for the US. There is information out there about the foot tap, elbow bump, etc., and feedback I have received is people don't like the alternatives, and they are not comfortable shaking hands any more. What do we do? Thank you for your consideration!

  10. The best talks have nothing to do with slides – really, the best ones HAVE NO slides. A few years ago, I went to an event with a keynote speaker who said, "Each slide should have one word on it." He gave a great keynote, and everyone listened to him. Slides are just a distraction. My Dad was a brilliant materials scientist, and when he "presented a paper," the talk consisted of him discussing the subject matter. He might have a viewgraph or two (e.g., a diagram of a crystal structure, in black-and-white on an old-fashioned overhead projector), and the paper itself was published in the conference proceedings — but there was none of his Death By PowerPoint that you get nowadays. When I got my MBA (from a good school — not Harvard, but a solid institution) in 2014, I thought it was ridiculous that a PowerPoint deck was considered acceptable as a deliverable for a "paper." Slide decks suck eggs — just know your material and tell the audience why you care about it (and why they should, too)!

  11. amazing. well done. thank you!

  12. I loved this, but I'm surprised you didn't mention the cardinal rule for research vendors- remember that report decks are not presentation decks! None of these rules apply for a read deliverable or vice versa, but because they're in the same format I've caught myself confusing them. My best tip for turning a report deck into a presentation deck? Appendix! Keep the detailed research in the back and flip to it if a question addresses a chart or data point you decided didn't support your story but might be important to convince your audience to act.

  13. Great presentation !

  14. Like this. Sent this by the organizer of the conference I'm speaking at. Listen to it just before a group call on putting together the presentation! Told them to all go view.

  15. I always start with pen and paper and sketch out my storyboard before ever even opening PowerPoint. And after I make my slide, I close my eyes eyes and when I open them I see where my eyes bounce around.

  16. Itโ€™s like you were reading my mind. Thank you!

  17. Agree. I love finding a simple visual to get the message across. I often see meaningless icons just to be there. Duarteโ€™s Slideology is a good reference. A good check โ€œwould you want to sit through this presentation?โ€

  18. People's patience lasts about 6-7 min. Me checking out after this video's overlong 1 min intro….to quite Monte Python, "GET ON WITH IT!"….academia……

  19. You made my day, and it's Saturday.

  20. Thanks for the tips. I agree that less is better.

  21. A quick summary of the most important points (+ a bonus fact from me)

    1. Just get started! Draft a basic text outline (the focus is on basic!)
    2. Timing your slides โ€” don't stay on slides for too long (40s is ideal, 30s to 60s is a general rule of thumb), also be aware of the audience's attention span which is around 6 to 7min
    3. How much do you put on a slide โ€” ask yourself: is this visual/text serving and supports the presentation/content? If not, less is more. Don't be afraid of having white spots.
    4. Be consistent with your design and don't overload it (max. 2 colours (for text)etc)
    5. Text โ€” don't read off the slide + only use text to provide an outline/something for the audience to focus on. Again: less is more
    6. Adapt to your audience โ€” present your content in a way that excites+ helps them the most
    7. Don't be scared to bring yourself and your passion into the presentation
    (8. Have a place where you want to go with the presentation โ€” that can be a question that is stated in the beginning, then slowly facts are added to it and in the end it is answered (and potentially discussed) , you can also only have the presentation lead to the point where you come to a conclusion but please:
    Have a common thread run through the presentation!)

  22. 3:!5 The rule about slides being 30 to 60 seconds is wrong. Here is an example of a winning presentation that is 3 minutes long with 1 slide.

  23. this will probably work for creative/media industries. But for the majority of conventional industries, there will be a lot of data and details required to show

  24. Thank you for the overview! Helpful.
    We are working to build language proficiency in our organization. Should I be using italics or leave it in plain text as we have had mixed feelings about the use of our mother language with English really being the introduced language?

  25. Thanks for sharing!

  26. This was great! The actual presentation was so seamless.

  27. Wait are you changing your clothes in between the interview ๐Ÿคฃ

  28. To people who made this video: Itโ€™s possible to give good ideas without shaming other ideas.

  29. This was great. Thanks for the candour. Could you do something on collaborating with others?

  30. Could you also make a video on how to advocate for yourself at work when you keep getting interrupted every time you speak.

  31. Hi. Slide decks really helped me. I mean your inputs. Next i was thinking how about dashboards?

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