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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29 thoughts on “What Would Steve Do?

  1. 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.

      • 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…

        • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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.

  2. 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???

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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