Charts and graphs in PowerPoint: There’s got to be a better way!

I’ve been reading Nancy Duarte’s slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations and these sentences resonated with me: “Often ideas come immediately. That’s good, but avoid the potential pitfall of going with the first thing that comes to mind.”

As we prepare for presentations, how often do we open up PowerPoint and then either dump information into some sort of SmartArt graphic or create a bar graph (or a circle graph or a line graph) using the Insert>Chart function?

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Do either of these data presentation formats look familiar?

Since it’s what we’ve done so many times before, it’s often the first thing that comes to mind. But what if we didn’t settle for that first thing that comes to mind? What could we create? Could we make our point better for our audience?   Continue reading

Product Review (kind of): SlideBot

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Who doesn’t want a faster way to create amazing slides for their next presentation?

When a colleague sent me a link to SlideBot last week, I was intrigued. The homepage is slick and comes with testimonials like this:

“I don’t know how they do it, but SlideBot’s computer is more creative than I am. They turned one of the weakest slides in my TEDx presentation to one of the strongest – simultaneously hard hitting and humorous.”

– Jon Turk, TEDx Speaker

I was sold. I wanted beautiful slides, and I wanted a computer bot to help me generate them. My experience was a little different than the SlideBot experience that Jon Turk apparently had.   Continue reading