August 24, 2007

Throwing Fish!

This is my (mega-ninja) friend Merlin. We went to college together. We were both goof-offs to some extent (but he was a much smarter goof-off). We'll get back to him in a moment.

During teacher planning week they showed us a motivational video about these guys at a big international fish market in a city who made their job fun by really performing for their customers and making a big show of throwing the fish and just making their "boring" job a ton of fun. It was motivating and as you watched you wanted to be one of those guys.

Then I had to sit through four (!) two-hour (!) slide-show presentations that turned my brains into tapioca pudding. I've mentioned this problem in this blog previously.

Which brings us back to Merlin. He recently gave a slide-show presentation at the Googleplex on how to deal with your email called "Inbox Zero." I've mentioned and linked to these before. Now he has written a post about how he made this presentations so darn good. Please read it if you or anyone you know needs to do a presentation and feels the need to use a slide-show (Powerpoint, etc).

Most important rule: 10-20-30. No more than ten slides. No more than twenty minutes. No font smaller than 30pt. Now go and throw some fish!

1 comment:

Juggling Frogs said...

I love Merlin. I saw his Inbox Zero video three times, and made my husband watch it once.

My husband commutes to PowerPoint Hell every day, where he competes in a thrice-daily competition against other Presentation Athletes in games of endurance and dangerous boredom, inflicting violence on the attention-centers of minds of the participants and observers alike.

I read Merlin's post aloud to him as a public service to his co-workers.

Wish them luck.