This is a collection of some of our favorite presentations right now. There are a remarkable range of options in this list. The take-away is that there are many routes to an amazing finished product, and that you can design and deliver an amazing presentation that best highlights your skills and style.
Finding Our Happiness in the Internet of Things by Pamela Pavliscak
What’s to love: Pavliscak uses a mix of photos, simple illustrations, and creative arrangements of text throughout her slide deck. A simple, consistent color palette to ensure the slides are flawlessly cohesive which is made easier by using black and white pictures. What we love the most: slide #10, the ice cream scoop bar charts used to show positive aspects of the internet. What elicits more positive feelings than ice cream? Not very much. Unless you are lactose intolerant – then this analogy is not for you.
It’s Worth the Effort by Ian Collins
What’s to love: Design inspiration for days. If you don’t feel more creative, and have the sudden desire to take a mountain hike after clicking through this slide deck, you might be a robot. What we love the most: Collins cleverly styles photos to look like open magazines, and this look would be fairly easy to recreate. It inspired us to think about how to use photos differently in our own presentations.
The Happy Secret to Better Work by Shawn Achor
What’s to love: This presentation is endlessly entertaining, informative, inspiring, and relatable. There’s nothing particularly noteworthy about the handful of slides Achor uses, but the slide deck simply doesn’t matter here. The focus is entirely on the presenter. Shawn Achor is a fascinating psychologist/brilliant storyteller/world class comic. You’ll laugh, you’ll question what you think you know, and you’ll walk away with an entirely new way to look at the relationship between happiness and success. Caution: if you are watching this somewhere that it would be inappropriate to burst out laughing and potentially fall off your chair (like your office cubicle in the middle of a quiet workday) stop watching this immediately. What we love the most: the bunk bed story, of course.
Why Evaluate Your Program by Eric Graig
What’s to love: This jargon-free, user-friendly look at evaluation is achieved through an entirely text-based presentation. If you’re going to do just text, this approach kind of works Graig provides simple definitions and explanations. What we love the most: color is used to emphasize a few key words throughout the text.
What’s to Love: a wicked smart guy, whose approach doesn’t intimidate. His conversational relaxed tone is truly the mark of a person who knows their stuff, and knows how to build a bridge between an audience and their information. This presentation is a top rated TED talk, and for so many good reasons. There’s something for everyone in his problem-solving approach which he demonstrates can be applied at varying levels of complexity. What we love the most: a solid slide deck, and the resources he offers the audience at the end so that they can run their own toast exercises.
Displaying Data by Bipul Deb Nath
What’s to love: Nath’s guidance when it comes to showing data in your presentation. “Keep in mind that the purpose of slides is not to show all the data, but to communicate conclusions and insights”. This slide deck combines practical tips with excellent examples. What we love the most: Nath’s data tip #5 – keep it simple.
Can We Assess Creativity by John Spencer
What’s to love: this slide deck hits all the right notes. Just the right of information, perfectly organized, and presented in a beautiful and artistic way. “Can We Assess Creativity” is just one example of John Spencer’s amazingly creative work. Visit www.spencerideas.org for much more. What we love the most: it’s a toss up between his “sketchy videos” and the humor of slides #5 and #6.
The Best Stats You’ve Ever Seen by Hans Rosling
What’s to love: data comes to life in Rosling’s world. What we love the most: the impressive amount of data that the presenter is able to effectively display in such a small amount of time.
The Designer’s Guide to Startup Weekend by Iryna Nezhynska
What’s to love: slides with simple yet beautiful illustrations in a gorgeous color palette. Text slides are easy to read and understand. Illustrations are clean and polished looking. What we love the most: the well-edited key points and simple messages conveyed through this slide deck. And while it was created by a designer, there is inspiration for all.