Less is more: the concept of Zen presentation

As New Media evangelists we frequently attend congresses and meetings and at some we are privileged to give a presentation. When attending these meetings I am not only interested in the content of the presentations, but certainly also on how the presentations are given. And, what a great examples you encounter how not to present. And the slides they make! Don McMillan has a good way of saying it:


Scary isn’t it? I mean, not that it is funny, that even depends on your personal taste. No, the scary thing is that it is so true. I’ve seen it happen over and over again!

So what to do about it? When I started presenting, I stumbled in the same pitfall. Because there is so much you want to share. And before you know it you become a slave of your own slides. So here are some valuable tips on how to present and how to design your slides.

OK, your slides are done, and are now more a lead for your story rather then leading your story. But how to tell the story? Cause, that is really the true art. And before becoming an artist you need inspiration.

Then I met Steve Jobs (well, not in the flesh that is) and I was amazed by his way of presenting. And by his slide management. Truly Zen. Keep it simple, keep it natural, keep it clear.

Wanna know what I mean?

Presentation Zen on Jobs’ presentation style

“>Jobs’ presentation of the iPhone

One last tip. it’s worthwhile to follow the blog of presentation Zen. It’s inspiring for sure.



And did I improve? Yes I did, and although it takes a long time to become a Zen master, I will get there…

Choose your location, and your social network

In the US it’s MySpace, but in the Netherlands it’s mainly Hyves that people use as a social networking tool. What about other countries?

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So, if you wanna make friends in other continents, make sure you know which place to look for…

Dutch TV station does co-creation

The Dutch public TV station VPRO invites its audience to help them in their autumn ‘members-get-members’ campaign.

Anyone can send in a clip of 30 seconds in which you can explain what the VPRO means to you, ending with a slogan. An interesting approach. Not only is this very 2.0 but this also gives an insight in why people like the station. Which will be helpful in serving the audience as good as possible. The submitted clips can be viewed and scored on the site. The clips with the highest score will get a chance to win 30 seconds airtime (and eternal fame).

The VPRO always has had a specific position in Dutch TV world. A station for alternative pop-music, absurd humour, confronting documentaries, innovative programs for kids and as platform for multimedia experiments. Throughout the years, they have build up a relatively small, but very loyal audience. Interesting to see what that picture is today, with this co-creative campaign.

Clips can be uploaded and viewed from July 15 onwards. Click here for the site. However, there is one downside: it’s only in Dutch…

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