While Steve Jobs was known for delivering inspiring and memorable keynote presentations, most slide presentations are boring. The ten tips in this presentation will help you craft slideshows that will move mountains, or at the very least, get your point across in an effective and memorable way. (via HubSpot)

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  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    Powerful slide deck. While I agree with the premise, 90 hours of prep, craft, and rehearsing seems a little extreme, but that really depends on the audience. If I was Steve Jobs, I would do that and more.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Really? I think for my major keynotes I spend at least that long. Oh well, I guess it does depend.

      • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

        I guess that’s the difference between an amateur and a pro. After reading Pressfield’s book, I realize how much I’ve been missing out with an amateur’s mindset. A pro would put in the time. I have a speech contest coming up. A good test for a professional’s outlook…

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          You can do it, John. You are a pro!

          Did you happen to watch the Master Class with Jeff Goins at Platform University? He talks about this same concept and how it really changed his life.

          • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

            Yes I did. Very inspirational. I tell you that those two words, “turning pro,” really hit me. It just clicked and really started to make sense. I printed out Pressfield’s list of 20 items and put it on my wall.

          • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

            Love that book, John. Thanks for watching. I think the reality is every day is a new chance to choose a professional or amateur mindset.

          • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

            I agree, Jeff. The cool thing about “Turning Pro,” is that it’s easy to ask myself… What would a Pro do? That makes it much easier to stay the course, get the training, and hire a pro to help.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      That is a lot of time to put into the crafting of a presentation yet look at the fervor Steve was able to generate from this type of preparation.

  • http://www.charlielyons.ca/ Charlie Lyons

    Great points, Michael. Looks great!

  • Geraldine Del Rosario

    Indeed, great lessons from great leader.

  • http://www.aznetmarketing.com/ Mike Pedersen

    Kind of funny. I’m a huge story teller, or maybe I just babble on, but in all my years of marketing, have not grasped onto it in my consulting, or marketing of my consulting. Hmmm???

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Sounds like it’s time to Mike. People love a great story and if you’ve got one to tell that’s engaging, they’ll listen!

      • http://www.aznetmarketing.com/ Mike Pedersen

        Yup, time to get at it! Thanks Joe!

  • http://forthisisthetime.blogspot.com/ Esther Aspling

    Wonderful! I make short films, and I can use a lot of those tips there as well. My next project will be mostly words and pictures with narration. Thanks for the well timed tips!


  • http://www.athletebydesign.com/ Jeremy Boone

    Great lessons for sure! The only slide I question is the ‘60,000 times faster than text’ statement. To date there hasn’t been any actually proof of this statement:


    None the less, take home point still is that images are more powerful than words for sure!

  • http://twitter.com/rkspanberger Dr. Keith Spanberger

    Inspiring, motivating, useful, a game changer for me. Thanks Michael as always. Your a blessing – Keith

  • http://twitter.com/AustinBurkhart Austin Burkhart

    Mike this is incredible! Wow. This could be a powerful keynote presentation for a conference. The ability you have to connect the dots for people through these series of images blows my mind

  • http://www.setongod.com/ Joshua Tolan

    Awesome stuff! I am currently in a class about teaching through the art of storytelling. That is how Jesus taught, why shouldn’t we?

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Great point Joshua. Jesus used stories to lead, we should too.

  • Shannon_CC

    Nicely done! I’ve never been a fan of Power Point presentations. I’ve often questioned who came up with the idea :). You’ve definitely changed my mind today. Thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jelizabethyoung Elizabeth Young

    You definitely WOWed me! Thank you for leading.

  • http://somewiseguy.com/ ThatGuyKC

    “Bullets are for guns & to-do lists”. Love it.

  • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

    Wow. 90 hours? Crazy.

  • http://twitter.com/ReneFerret rene ferret

    Steve Jobs is perhaps one of the most inspirational leaders of the 21st century.

  • http://www.BrianHolmes.com/ Brian A Holmes

    Wow! Certainly challenges the old way of thinking about Powerpoints. Who can argue with Steve Jobs? No more bullets!

  • marktenney2

    This is great, Michael! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://aaronbushell.com/ Aaron Bushell

    This is quite possibly the simplest, most concise, clearest way I’ve ever seen of explaining great presentations. Thanks for sharing, Michael!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pliniomorais Plinio Morais


  • http://emuelle1.typepad.com/ Eric S. Mueller

    I used to struggle with this in my organization until I realized something. Most of the briefings we do, the slides have to stand alone as a document. I often learn what’s going on because of the slide deck that gets sent out of a meeting.

    So depending on where you’re at, you have to consider the context. If I’m selling an iPod, this works. If I’m briefing the executives in my organization, knowing the slide deck will be sent out to people who couldn’t attend, I can’t follow the same rules.

    Part of me wishes I could though. And it wishes the other briefers in my organization/industry could too.