Pimp my slide

I’m currently reading ‘Presentation Zen’ by Garr Reynolds.
Normally when I like a book, I write a quick review afterwards. But now, I just couldn’t wait until I ‘m finished.

The book starts with explaining the general ideas to keep in mind when creating presentations. In the middle, the real tips & tricks part of the book begins. That’s where I’m currently at.

One of the concepts I really like and didn’t really think about before, is the use of empty space.

Let me show you by a revamp I did on one of my old slides.

This is what it used to look like:

And this is how I reworked it with the guidelines in the book:

Quite remarkable, right?

What did I do?

  • I removed all the bullet points.
  • Used a clearer font (Arial Black) for the title
  • Created more empty space
  • Integrated the picture with the background
  • Applied the rule of thirds

Although I haven’t finished the book entirely, I already recommend it to all of you. A must read.

(image from http://www.flickr.com/photos/38421794@N03/)

About Nick Oostvogels

Hi, I'm an independent management consultant. My biggest strengths are located in the fields of teamwork, motivation, leadership and continuous improvement. In the IT industry you find a lot of these values in the agile movement, in which I often act as a project leader, product owner or coach. My interests go a lot further, into other industries where we find these values in lean production. Besides that, I try to broaden my horizon as much as possible, always looking for better ways of doing business.

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