Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The art of a good presentation

Some people think that presentation is more important than content. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Agreed that presentation is required, but it is just the icing on the cake. Without good content, presentation won't cut it. Why do you think XML is more prevalent than HTML? Because XML is about data and HTML is about presentation.

Data is more important than the rendering or programs that manipulate the data. One golden rule in the computing world is GIGO. (Garbage In Garbage Out) Your computer is as good as the data that you input to it. Bad data will give you inaccurate results, finally skewing your decisions. A good presentation cannot hide the weakness in data.

Before you think of making a long drawn out presentation, keep in mind that the shorter it is, the sweeter. Give it a visual effect, restricting words to what is absolutely necessary. Look at how Steve Jobs presents, and you can learn a thing or two about good techniques. It's not just eye-candy people want. They want it to be substantiated by facts.

Facts live within windows. I mean in some boundaries. Analyse the data that you have in hand and think how well it can be rendered in a few words. But mind you, your data window will be the backbone of your presentation. Do you need Powerpoint always? No. Only if it is required. However working out a draft of your presentation on a piece of paper will do wonders.

Remove the clutter, only present what is essential.



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