Slideshare effect – self-running slide presentations

Since the Web 2.0 Expo, I’ve been particularly interested in a style of presentation that seems to be growing: the self-running slide presentation. By this I mean slides that work on their own without needing someone to talk them through.

Here’s a great example from Trisha Okubo, who runs the Omiru fashion blog:

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And another one from Simon Willison at Google Tech Talk on OpenID:

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Main characteristics:

  • Slides can be read quickly (almost like a children’s book)
  • You move at your own pace (unlike video)
  • Quick and cheap to produce (unlike video)
  • Can be indexed for search
  • The text is short, declarative sentences
  • Bullet points are banished
  • Images add explanation and can be random Flickr-style
  • You can typically read 100 slides in less than 3 minutes so the decks can be large (eg. more than 300 slides long)

This style of presentation seems particularly apt for cases where you have something to say, rather than when you want to demonstrate a process. OK, time to put my money where my mouth is and generate some of these.

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