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Presentation Patterns And Anti-Patterns

Neal Ford

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Once in a while, an inflection point appears in a well established practice. Those who see a new, better way to do something dont just move away from the desultory pack, they accelerate away. Presentation techniques have reached just such anMoreOnce in a while, an inflection point appears in a well established practice. Those who see a new, better way to do something dont just move away from the desultory pack, they accelerate away. Presentation techniques have reached just such an inflection point.Books like Presentation Zen and Slide:ology describe a new approach to using tools that have been around for decades, like PowerPoint and Keynote. Both are wonderful books.But the three of us are software geeks. Reading about a new philosophy of presentations is one thing, but we like concrete instructions. In the architect and software ecospheres, the concept of a pattern exists as a way to create standard terms for solutions to common problems. A pattern describes a set of related concepts in a standard format, with a memorable name. For example, in the software world, you can say I need an object which can only be instantiated once, and all subsequent attempts to create a new one returns the lone instance or you can say I need a Singleton. The Singleton design pattern is defined in the book Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-oriented Design, which provides a well known, concise way to refer to a common technique.Patterns are a bit like recipes, but with an important distinction: there is no such thing as an anti-recipe. In the software world, an anti-pattern is a common cliche, fallacy, or poor design. Unfortunately, most of the presentations weve seen will benefit first by un-doing years of damage caused by too-eager tools and literally no instruction on how to build good presentations. Our book contains mostly patterns (recipes), but it also includes anti-patterns (things to avoid), so that you dont find yourself bringing a knife to a gun fight.The working title is Presentations Patterns (and Anti-patterns). This book provides more than 50 (and counting) patterns and anti-patterns for creating extremely effective and engaging presentations.source: http://presentationpatterns.com