Talking slides…

A great presentation is a combination of a good story, told by a great storyteller and using a medium that reinforces the story. All the discussions about whether presentations made in Keynote are automatically better than anything made in Powerpoint are totally missing the point if you ask me. Don’t get me wrong, I think Keynote is a great product, but doesn’t bring more real value.

Why this point? I noticed today that Slideshare is organizing the World’s Best Presentation Contest. Nice initiative, but I’m very curious to the outcome though. I would love to learn from great presentations, but as said, that includes so much more than a few slides (if you even need them). It’s not like Dick Hardt’s OSCON slides will stand a chance here… although it’s still one of the best presentations I’ve ever seen.

Creating a good presentation is a tough job and it’s too bad many people don’t take the time needed to make your presentation worth listening to. I guess you can think of at least 1 colleague that had to do a presentation recently which he/she created an hour before the presentation. And that’s a shame, if you get a slot to present your story to an audience of listeners you better make sure it’s worth it.

By the way, the Slideshare of videos – aka Youtube (or was it the other way round) – is also doing it’s awards thing. Looks like having your own awards is the way to go now ;)

A car or a bike?

Regular visitors of this blog know that I’m sometimes fascinated of things that don’t have much to do with marketing, new media nor Windows Live but just because I find it fascinating. A good source for fascinating stuff is the ‘Mighty Optical Illusions‘ blog and yesterday I found this:

There’s another one of a painted van that you should see. I guess this is for people that can’t make up their mind :)

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Thanks to Dr.Pixel

Last weekend I changed the design of this blog and did a call out to designers to help me with the header. The default header was not bad, but it’s only the default so … not good enough. Nicolas Deturck aka Dr.Pixel almost immediately offered to help me out with this. I wanted it to relate to the content of my blog but also show a reference to Sonic Youth since ‘Cross The Breeze is a classic song from them, remember.

The result came in today, totally what I wanted. My new blog header is a fact, thanks Nicolas!

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