It’s been my first full year of blogging, and I’m pleased to note that readership has been steadily increasing, so clearly some people appreciate my mix of tips, thoughts and the odd rant about presentation skills.
Now that 2010 is almost over, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank you all for making it worthwhile: thanks for the comments, the retweets, the encouragements and the ideas, and thanks just for reading. If I’m able to make even a tiny difference to your own presentation and communication skills and the way you share your messages with other people, then I’m doing good and feeling good about it.
Since most of you have joined my merry band in the second half of 2010, you may have missed some past posts. So here is my Top 10 of 2010, rated only by hits, and excluding the few posts about events which are unlikely to be so relevant any more.
Top 10 of 2010
- One Slide To Rule Them All – my Tolkien-meets-tech presentation parody was a clear winner. Which shows the power of a good story!
- Handouts 101 – a guide to handouts, an often-overlooked but vital subject for any presenter
- Presenting Naked – my thoughts on being authentic in your delivery, putting down your weapons and removing barriers, and connecting deeply with your audience. I was honoured when Garr Reynolds included an abridged version of this post in his brilliant new book The Naked Presenter!
- The World’s Best Slide – this is where I shared the slide you should consider including in every presentation you make, perhaps more than once…
- The World’s Best WHAT Contest? – my rant at SlideShare’s ‘World’s Best Presentation’ contest which perpetuates the meme that a deck of slides is a presentation instead of just a support. Great discussion here including some of the top entrants in the competition.
- Steve Jobs launches iPhone 4 – my review of the big Apple event, with important lessons and even one or two improvement areas
- The Magical Missing Ingredient – all about putting yourself into your presentation, with a great TEDx example from Scott Stratten
- Presentation Pitfalls #4 – Banish Bad Slides – PowerPoint isn’t the enemy, but slideware apps have killed presentations by making bad slides too easy to create
- The Investor Pitch – Set The Right Objectives – before you can create a great pitch, you have to work out what you aim to achieve…
- Don’t push – make them pull – one of my favourite posts, on why communication works better when the audience actively pulls it
There are some others which you may well have missed, perhaps because by the time you discovered Phil Presents they were deep in the archives, and hence they never made it to the hit parade. So here are five of my favourite posts which I felt deserve some more airplay:
- Context is King – you need to step into your audience’s shows, work out what they know, and use that to teach them something new
- Slide Abuse, and other dependencies – how we have become dependent on technology, and need to break the habit – especially when presenting
- The Four Aims of Presentation – short, simple but very powerful – get these right and you’ll be a better presenter
- Go Out With A Clap – about the importance of a strong conclusion, and why it’s vital that the audience knows when to clap
- Speaking Internationally – the challenge of speaking to audiences from different cultures
I hope you’ve enjoyed going through all this, and I look forward to communicating with you again in 2011. Let me know if you have ideas for some articles…