MacWorld in San Francisco

nancyd MacWorld in San Francisco

MacWorld 2008

Visited MacWorld in San Francisco this week. Really enjoyed myself walking around seeing the new innovative companies connecting with several designers and video rockstars. One thing about the Apple computer it is the computer for the creative set. Passionate fans all over the place.

Highlights for me was seeing Nancy Duarte from Duarte Design speak. I was fortunate to interview her for Meetings Podcast a few months back and she gave a great little talk about her new book Slideology. I really love that book and it has already helped me several times with my own clients. I am no designer but Slideology gives some simple tools to really improve presentations.

Another person I saw speak was at the MDialog booth. Tim Street gave a presentation on weaving story into your video. Tim has worked for Disney, nickelodeon and currently produces a video series called FrenchMaidTV. FrenchMaidTV is a PG-13 show which shows French Maids selling products. He is a clever guy who was teaching the art of using emotions when storytelling. Check out Tims blog if you have any interest in visual storytelling and whats happening with viral videos. Also if you produce videos of any kind MDialog is a very cool service and even has a small application for the iphone which I really like and will be using.

One fun moment was running into Paul Cicerone of Delphi Productions who had built the Microsoft booth and lounge. He did a great job and the booth seemed to always be full of people learning about Microsoft Mac products. Paul and Delphi had also built a Lounge area in a separate booth where I met Guy Kawasaki of Mac fame who did a book signing of his new book Reality Check which I look forward to reading. Some pictures of Guy and MacWorld arehere.

It will be interesting to see what happens to MacWorld now that Apple INC. is pulling out of the event next year. But its par for the course for Events and meetings this year. But it is going to be a great year for companies to be creative and innovate and be ready when the economy gets better.

What are you doing to innovate? Maybe buy a Apple computer!

10/20/30 Rule for Engaging Presentations

102030 rule for powerpoint presentations 10/20/30 Rule for Engaging Presentations

Want an easy foundation to follow for your executives presentations? This is something I learned a while back from Guy Kawasaki. Try the 10/20/30 rule. Simply put it means a maximum of 10 slides, no more than 20 minutes and contains no font smaller than 30 points.
I think Guy learned this from Garr Reynolds and I also saw our recent Meetings Podcast interview guest Nancy Duarte talking about.
Its a simple rule that will work wonders for your presenters and better yet for your presenters audience.

Give it a try! Or contact me at GrassShack and I will be happy to help- Mike

 10/20/30 Rule for Engaging Presentations

Best Presentation Winners from Slideshare

How important is it to engage your audience? I recently attended a roll out of a new executive team at a Fortune 100 company event and I could not believe how distracting the PowerPoint was. Small fonts, tiny unreadable charts and more than one read his presentation straight from the screen. Horrible color and flow which did not go with the conference template. Below are the finalists for the website Slideshare.com here notice the use of pictures and graphics, big fonts, and minimal text. Also many other categories to look at. STEAL STEAL STEAL these ideas for your presentations! Thanks to Guy Kawasakis blog for this information and also to Guy for featuring MeetingsPodcast on Alltopic.com! It is important to entertain, engage and educate your audience. Now you have no excuse not to. Still need help? Email us and we will point you int he right direction.

Winner! (They won a MacBook Air)

THIRST
View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: crisis design)

Second Place! (They won an Amazon Kindle)

Foot Notes
View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: design inspirational)
 Best Presentation Winners from Slideshare

Top 2 Best Presentations

How important is it to engage your audience? I recently attended a roll out of a new executive team at a Fortune 100 company event and I could not believe how distracting the PowerPoint was. Small fonts, tiny unreadable charts and more than one read his presentation straight from the screen. Horrible color and flow which did not go with the conference template. Below are the finalists for the website Slideshare.com here notice the use of pictures and graphics, big fonts, and minimal text. Also many other categories to look at. STEAL STEAL STEAL these ideas for your presentations! Thanks to Guy Kawasakis blog for this information and also to Guy for featuring MeetingsPodcast on Alltopic.com! It is important to entertain, engage and educate your audience. Now you have no excuse not to. Still need help? Email us and we will point you int he right direction.

Winner! (They won a MacBook Air)

THIRST
View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: crisis design)

Second Place! (They won an Amazon Kindle)

Foot Notes
View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: design inspirational)
 Top 2 Best Presentations

Best Presentations learn from them

digital+media3 Best Presentations learn from them

I saw another great post on Chris Brogans blog about the best presentations. He is off to a Podcamp conference in Pittsburgh and he wanted to get some great presentations together. As he is a big social network & community guy he has a lot of people to draw from. I dont know him but follow him on Twitter and his Blog.

I chimed in his comment section with my favorite presentation which if you have read this blog for a while you know is Majora Carter Ted Speech. She is so passionite and is it bad I say so so attractive. I mean she is easy on the eye but better yet the content is presented so fantastically. I want to present like her.

I just did a presentation for Bayer event. Honestly I sucked ass. But I learned a ton. What I understand all these people below are seasoned speakers except Neil Gorman -I think this was his first time.

Since we do production for events and meetings I think our readers could get some benefit looking at these presentations.

Majora Carter

Steve Jobs

Dick Hardt

Guy Kawasaki

Malcolm Gladwell

Martin Luther King

Seth Godin

ZeFrank

Neil Gorman

Bill Clinton

Steve Jobs

John F Kennedy

TED has a ton of great presentations

Tell a story to get your message across

I caught this on Chris Brogans blog. He is a good egg and I daily watch his blog and twitters that come around. They always make me think. I know I have turned some of you on to Seth Godin and Guy Kawasaki’s blogs but I think Chris has another not to be missed. A good blog can be a great thing when you get bogged down in the day have something to turn to for a break. I also recommend a walk away from the computer, phone, PDA.

This little video by Epuron is really really great storytelling piece. Take a look at it and tell me what you think. Also take a quick trip over to Chris’s blog and add him to your blog reader like Bloglines or Google reader.

How many times have you tried to get you client to tell a compelling story when trying to get the company message across? I know we do every single time. You fly hundreds of people to a venue put them up , feed them and then sit them down for hours of Powerpoint madness. Why not tell a story instead? Entertain the audience. It does not have to be expensive, just creative. Move them to action.

Marketing your Blog like CC

I have switched podcatchers to corral all my podcasts over the years. Then I moved to Bloglines for my blogs. One thing I wondered is a few blogs come up more than others. I love the Guy Kawasakis, Seth Godins of the world but one guy who can somehow have his posts, re-post over and over again is CC Chapmans blogs. Managing the Gray and Reality Bitchslap constantly re-post to my bloglines even though I have already read them. Now CC is the king of New Media marketing so I think he may have a trick up his sleeve. I still check it every time though. Some guys just have the gift of marketing, even when it is thrown in your face over and over again.

Zenatation-

This is a great little application that could save you a few bucks. I know over the years I have had to embed the powerpoint slides for executive archives, and it is a pain. This great service from Zentation.com. I found this one of my favorite blogs Guy Kawasaki

image Zenatation The Art of Innovation
55:38
Guy Kawasaki at the 2007 Event Marketer Conference

Additional Services

Videotaping Services

We can videotape your presentation for you and post it to Google Video.

Video Encoding and Editing

Send us a videotape of your presentation in the mail and we’ll convert it to a digital video file. If necessary, we can provide video editing services to insert additional video or remove segments from your video.

Synchronization Services

We also can watch your presentation and synchronize the graphics for you. After, you can review and make minor adjustments to the timings.

Secure Presentation Hosting

Don’t want your presentation publicly shared? We can host your presentation on Zentation.com without requiring you to post your content to Google Video. We also can set up additional security features for your presentation to keep it private.

Interesting Blog today

As we move about our day it is always a good thing to step back and evaluate what we are doing. I read recently about how Ben Franklin would retire each evening to reflect on his whole day. He would keep notes and evaluate situations, experiments of the day he had just lived. He would work on making the next day better.

Few Blogs that made my day better today
www.chrisbrogan.com is a guy who wrote about 5 things for your tool success box. Amazing insight.

Guy Kawasakis blog and he interviewed Richard Sterns from World Vision which was also amazing.

I don’t know either of these guys in person but I have to say I would love to have a beer with them. Or coffee.