Google, inspite of being the huge company that it is, takes time out to figure out how each day goes in history, and comes up with a doodle of it. Brilliant stuff! :)
The last time I wrote a post for this blog was back in September 2009. Feels bad to have gotten out of writing, as that happened to be an activity that took up a lot of my time and kept me going on for quite a while. As I begin to write again, on this Long-forgotten, blog, here’s something that I observed at today’s election campaigns, here in the City of Chennai, which happens to be my home town.
I felt quite surprised at the spirit that people surround with the elections, considering that for most part of the year, otherwise, we’re basically cribbing about this system and how dirty it is. This fact clearly shows how much all of us are ready to get down and dirty, if we still get another chance at clearing up our system.
I don’t know what this elections got in store for us, but lets hope it changes things, for the better. Praying for a better tomorrow!
I just sat through a bad presentation. A pathetic presentation. I mean no offence to the person who presented it, but i really felt that people need to know how to present. Its the art of putting forth an idea, and helping the listener or viewer understand it inthe same sense that you’re trying to convey it.
Lots of people start off with powerpoint. Its seems to me that many have this inhibition, that MS powerpoint, is the end to all their presenting issues, but, it isnt. (Frankly speaking, its the best way you can ruin your presentation! ;) ) Kidding.
When you decide to present something, first, just as garr reynolds would say in his blog, presentation zen, get out of the pc first. Your pc and presentation software are just a tool to help you present. Not the solution, in itself. So, do some pre-work and decide how you want to stream out your idea to the people.
There’s loads to presentation, and excellent presentations. But, here’re are a couple of things that you probably should keep in mind.
1. Please please please, dont use, in-your-face colours. There’re millions of colours other than Yellow and Red.
2. Stop flooding the screen with text and text and text. Remember that you’re trying to convey an idea. Not write a story.
3. DO not read out what is written on the slide, or write everything that you want to say on the slide. That is not presenting. You might as well, read it out from your notepad, if thats what you wanted to do.
4.Bullets are outdated. Try not using them unless they are necessary.
5. Make your slides clear. Dont try to get overly sophisticated, unless necessary. Its more important for your idea to get across sensibly, than your expertise with the software.
6. If you’re presenting numeric details and charts, try minimizing them down to simple ones, that the persons in the presentation session, can see and comprehend.
Finally, start getting advices from awesome presenters like Garr reynolds at his blog presentationzen.com
Helps a lot.
Cheers, and Good luck with your presentations.
How much we have the urge within ourselves to break the rules. Right from the fundamental level of not wearing your helmets to, irresponsible behaviour to what not. We have to take some time off to make ourselves understand how important it is to follow rules, for the others atleast, if not for yourself. Think about it and act!
Talking too much and doing too little? The politicians and the government talk so much, so much about tackling terrorism, but are they really doing it? We talk, promise so much, but are we keeping up our word? Think about it.