Category Archives: Business Strategy

PowerPoint 2.0

Larry Lessig has been called a PowerPoint virtuoso, and his approach recently inspired Dick Hardt, Founder and CEO of Sxip Identify, to use a similar film-inspired approach in his recent presentation, "Identity 2.0" at a conference called OSCON 2005. You… KEEP READING

Sprechen Sie PowerPoint?

I got word today that Beyond Bullet Points is now being translated into German, and will be released in Germany in October 2005.  Here’s the mockup of the book cover, titled Erzählen statt Aufzählen: Neue Wege zur Erfolgreichen PowerPoint-Präsentation. As… KEEP READING

Shocked by Complexity

Have you ever been so confused by the complexity of a map, chart or diagram, that you didn’t know where to begin to make sense of it? If so, you may be a victim of "map shock" or "visual shock",… KEEP READING

“Beyond Bullet Points” on Trial

What would a PowerPoint presentation look like in a courtroom, if it used an approach Beyond Bullet Points? According to the Fortune magazine article, "Stark Choices at the First Vioxx Trial", two lawyers used PowerPoint in "starkly" different ways in… KEEP READING

Show Me the Money Slide

If you put your conclusions first, people are more likely to stay with you until the end. I recently analyzed a market research presentation, and its structure went something like this: Background and methodology (Slides 2-6: charts, diagrams, bullets) Key… KEEP READING

Presenters are from Mars, Audiences are from Venus

How wide is the gap between how you see yourself as a presenter, and how your audience sees you? Probably very wide, according to a survey conducted by Andy Goodman for his new book coming out in December, When Bad… KEEP READING

The CEO’s Secret PowerPoint

If CEOs count communication skills as central to leadership, how much do you and your organization invest in developing them? The cover story of the July 2005 issue of Business 2.0 magazine describes an unpublished set of business guidelines in… KEEP READING

The Slide-Free PowerPoint

When your PowerPoint process helps you to clarify your ideas, it turns out you can make an effective presentation whether you use your slides or not. Garr Reynolds tells a great story about someone who used the Beyond Bullet Points… KEEP READING

Welcome new bloggers!

A couple of new blogs you may find interesting: Jim Rait had so many good comments to add to the BBP discussion board, I encouraged him to start a blog. He apparently had already been considering it, so he finally… KEEP READING

The Heart of Story Structure

Last year I told Steve Niederhauser about Jim Bonnet’s excellent Storymaking Seminar here in Los Angeles – I also wrote a post about Jim’s work here in "Storymaking vs. Storytelling". Well it looks like Steve made it to Jim’s workshop… KEEP READING