Presentations & Pitching

Pitching a Concept or Idea

5 Ways to Perfect Your Pitch (TNW)

How to Pitch an Idea (Scott Berkin)

In-Class Presentation: Pitching

Presentation Best Practices

Example Presentation: Home Matters

If you read nothing else on this topic, read these two articles (one of them is a slideshow):

20 Public Speaking Tips From the Best TED Talks – Inc.

How to Design and Deliver Powerpoint Presentations Like A Pro (PDF) – Garr Reynolds

But, you really should read all of these articles, then go search YouTube for presentations delivered by these experts…

Garr Reynolds presents in Paris

From Presentation Zen (Garr Reynolds)

Other key blog posts and resources from Garr Reynolds

What makes Good Powerpoint Design?

Top 11 from Tom Peters “Presentation Excellence”

Key Insights & Practices from Garr Reynolds

  • Multimedia Effect – Narration with pictures (visuals) is better than narration alone.
  • Modality Principle – People learn better when words are presented as narration rather than text.
  • Redundancy Principle – People learn better from narration & graphics rather than narration, graphics, & text.
  • Coherence Principle – People learn better when the extraneous visual material is excluded.

Tips for Better PowerPoint Presentations

  • Presentations must be both verbal & visual.
  • Too much slide information overloads people’s cognitive systems.
  • Can your visuals be understood in 3 seconds? If not, redesign them.
  • Slide design & delivery must help people organize, integrate information.

Organization & Preparation Tips

  • Start with the end in mind.
  • Plan in “analog mode.”
  • Good presentations include stories.
  • Reduce text on your slides to an absolute minimum.
  • Do not read the text word-for-word from the slide.
  • Written documents are for the expanded details.


From Seth Godin

Blog posts on creating presentations:

Really Bad Powerpoint

The atomic method for creating a Powerpoint presentation

Key Insights & Practices from Seth Godin:

Four Components to a Great Presentation:

1. Make yourself cue cards. Don’t put them on the screen.

2. Make slides that reinforce your words, not repeat them.

3. Create a written document. A leave-behind.

4. Create a feedback cycle.

Five Rules to Make Amazing Presentations

1. No more than six words on a slide. EVER.

2. No cheesy images. Use professional stock photo images.

3. No dissolves, spins or other transitions.

4. Sound effects can be used a few times per presentation, but never use the sound effects that are built into the program.

5. Don’t hand out print-outs of your slides. They don’t work without you there.

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Photo of Garr Reynolds by Boris Bäsler. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic.

Photo of Seth Godin (cropped) by Rachel Lovinger. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)