Friday, January 06, 2006

10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint Presentation: Guy Kawasaki

The latest entry into the Blog world is the famous venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki. In his “Let the Good Times Roll” Blog, which was started almost a week back (but already has 469 links to it), Kawasaki presents his perspective and thoughts, based on his vast experience and exposure. He talks about Venture Capital – the rights and the wrongs, he talks about entrepreneurship – the highs and the lows, he talks about business – the goods and the bads…
Till now, based on my reading, I can aver that every entry has a definite take away. I am sure it is going to be a must-see must-link blog very soon (just a matter of google showing it I guess!)

One such entry talks about the 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint Presentation. Based on his experience, Guy recommends a structure for the presentations - “a PowerPoint presentation should have ten slides, last no more than twenty minutes, and contain no font smaller than thirty points.

It helps in terms of comprehension, retention and assimilation by the audience. 10 Slides is justified by the quality of the content, followed by the timeline for the delivery of the content - 20 minutes specifically and finally, presenting the content, which is the text size, the graphics, the display, and movement of the slides. All these elements need to be taken care of, to ensure an effective communication!
Great insights!

It always helps to “tag” a vague thought process which runs at the back of your mind, in an unstructured cluttered manner, but which is conveniently structured by such experienced professionals through their experiences of the corporate world!

Next time, before preparing a presentation, I now know how to structure (and even jargonize) my thought process ….we need to use the “10/20/30 Rule”!

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