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Some resources for better presentations

In my last post, I talked about the need to more effectively communicate research results.  Since most business communication today includes PowerPoint, better presentation skills are a big part of better communication.

What follows are links to resources that will help you improve your presentation skills.


Here are some blogs that are focused on public speaking and/or PowerPoint.

Six Minutes – Speaking and Presentation Skills. Six Minutes focuses on general  public speaking and presentation skills.

Speaking about Presenting. Well written general tips on speaking and presenting.

PowerPoint Tips. Tips and tricks to better use PowerPoint.

PowerPoint Ninja. Lots of practical how-to articles for using PowerPoint more effectively.

Presentation Zen. Must read blog for becoming a better presenter.  Loaded with informative articles on design and links to many, many practical examples of speeches.  There is also a book (see below) that should be on your shelf.

Slide:ology. Companion blog to the book (see below) of the same name.

Beyond Bullet Points. Blog that expands on the process laid out in the book of the same name.


If you spend much time at all delivering presentations, these three books should be on your shelf.  Actually, they shouldn’t be on your shelf. They should be on your desk, next to your bed, in your briefcase, or wherever else you keep the books you are constantly referring to.

Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery by Garr Renyolds.  Excellent book that takes the reader through the process of creating and delivering a presentation.

slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations by Nancy Duarte. Excellent, easy to digest tutorial and reference on how to design presentation slides that effectively communicate your ideas.

Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® 2007 to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire by Cliff Atkinson. This book lays out a process that you can use to develop any presentation.


There are many public speaking and presentation coaches out there for those who prefer that method of learning.  Another option is to join a local Toastmasters group.  Toastmasters is a public speaking organization that’s been around for very long time and has groups all over the world.  You can find a group near you on their website.

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Ed Erickson is the President of Erickson Research, a Chicago market research consulting firm. You can find Ed on LinkedIn and .

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