Creating great presentation visuals

I do not remember how many times I used phrase saying "if you are one in a million, in China there 1,300 people like you". I heard it somewhere and did not really know who coined that. Reading through "Prezentation Zen" I saw presentation called "Shift Happens", which uses comparison with China to amplify the changes happening in the world today. I could not resist sharing this great presentation with you:

Going to checkout winners of various SlideShare Contests for more examples of great  presentations.

2 steps to more effective communication

I'm reading Garr Reynolds' "Prezentation Zen" and his points about efficiency of presentations, which can naturally be translated into efficiency of communication, resonated with my mind:

The presentation would have been greatly improved if the presenter had simply kept two questions in mind in preparing for the talk: What's my point? And why does it matter?

Now communication is more important than ever for me, since I work on-site with client and do not have luxury of face to face communication with my team. Should I be asked to generalize Garr's statement I would do it this way:

The communication would be greatly improved if the person speaking now would simply keep two questions in mind, when preparing to speak: Why my speech does matter? And what is my point?

I have heard dozens of perfectly made points, which unfortunately were not relevant and simply consumed the bandwidth. Alas bandwidth of communication is more limited than we usually think.

Keep that in mind and be an effective communicator.

Microsoft Academic Days

Several days ago I returned from Microsoft Academic Days which this year were held in Yalta. It was the first time I've attended this event and I've delivered two presentations there. On the first day I presented my view on key principles and ideas behind the 4th version of Microsoft Solutions Framework. The next day I delivered an introduction to Microsoft Robotics Studio. You can download these presentations here:

BTW You can also download my other presentations.

Microsoft Academic Days'07

This was the first time I attended Microsoft Academic Days and I delivered 2 presentations there. In the first I described some of the ideas behind the Microsoft Solutions Framework version 4. I focused more on "mental" aspects of MSF, technical aspects of process support by Team Foundation Server were covered by other speakers. The next day I gave a presentation about Microsoft Robotics Studio. Both presentations are in Russian. Introduction to Microsoft Robotics Studio Presentation (PPT)

MSF Revisited Presentation (PPT)

Microsoft Developers' Days'06 (Fall)

I delivered 2 presentations. One about AJAX in general and Microsoft's implementation of AJAX for ASP.NET in particular. In second presentation I've done brief overview of Windows Presentation Foundation technology. Both presentations are in Russian. ASP.NET AJAX Overview Presentation (PDF)

Windows Presentation Foundation Overview Presentation (PDF)

Microsoft Developers' Days'05 (Spring)

As part of this event I delivered 2 presentations. One of them was devoted to developing mobile solutions using Microsoft mobile platforms: Windows XP Embeded, Windows Mobile and Tablet PC. Another presentation given overview of brand new Microsoft product for developers: Microsoft Visual Team System. The presentation describes the product itself as well as foundation behind innovations in this tool. Both presentations are in Russian. Mobile Development Presentation (PDF)

Team System Presentation (PDF)

MSF-based Process Patterns

This presentation was delivered on March 04, 2004, in the Moscow State University on the conference 'Microsoft Technologies in Computer Science and Software Engineering'. This was the first presentation of results of research aimed to "extract" process patterns from Microsoft Solutions Framework and describe them as separate entities. This allows to use them outside of MSF-based processes and facilitates process improvement by using MSF experience.

MSF-based Process Patterns (abstract, in Russian)

MSF-based Process Patterns (abstract, in Ukrainian)

MSF-based Process Patterns (PDF)