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The Art of presentation #2 (we need to improve our presentations !)

95% of presentations are boring. Everybody use PowerPoint few people know how to use it.

This post is number 2 to introduce you a very good serie of slides written Eduardo S. de la Fuente .

If you do presentations, you should read this carefully.

If you missed the first one it’s here.

In this second edition, you’ll learn :

  • you need to prepare. Prepare what you want to say. Prepare what you want the audience to remember
  • a presentation is : the slides, the notes and handouts.
  • a presentation is a scalable story
  • you need a pen and paper !
  • you need to think think think !

Relax, breath and enjoy !

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Some incredibles numbers about apple

Lately Apple published their quaterly financial results.

Based on increasing sales (for iPad, iPhone), the results are very good.

Apple has now USD 97 Billions in cash.

This very good infographic shows all the good numbers at once.

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My best photos : Fly fishing in the Alps

I took this photo in Pelleautier Lake in French Alps.

It was a sunny day (like very often in the area).

The moutain in background is the “Pic de Bure”.

This post is part of a serie of posts in which I present my best photos. All of them have been taken by me. The quality is not professionnal of course, but I love them.

 

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My best Chrome extensions : Evernote web clipper

Evernote

I’m a big user of evernote.

I’ve it installed on my laptop, on my phone, on my iPad.

I like to use it to record interesting datas like infographies, graphs I find on Internet

The chrome extension “evernote web clipper” is just perfect : by a smple click I can add the page or image to my evernote collection.

I use it a lot.

If you want to try it, just follow the link.


  

timekiwi : create your public timeline from twitter, facebook and others

Do you know timekiwi ? I’ve just discovered it because it has been acquired by french company overblog.

Kiwi fruit

timekiwi creates a public timeline from your posts on different services : twitter, instagram, Tumblr, facebook, flickr, foursquare.

It’s clean and nicely done.

I’ve activated mine here.

You can activate yours, it’s free and very quick.

Let me know what you think !

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My new A5 notebook with top spiral. If you’re lefty, you should try it !

As I’ve explained in another post, I’m back to paper to take notes.

info au survol

 

I think I’ve found the good notebook for me, it’s a simple A5 Note pad with top spiral .

Top spiral is important because :

  • it makes it easy to turn pages
  • it makes it easy to tear a page
  • it makes it easy for me to write, as I’m a lefty (yes, for lefty people, writing in a “normal” notebook is difficult, with a  a top spiral I can write without pressing my wrists into the spiral )

I use it in a very simple way : 1 page = 1 topic.

Every meeting, every discussion, every topic I use a new black page, starting by writing in the right top corner the date and the topic.

I do not hesitated to tear pages if what I wrote is not valuable or if I’ve copied it in my electronic system because it was valuable.

And you, what do you use ?

 

 

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My experience with ZTD / Week #2 results (3 MITs per day) : 47% success !

Pasture Juniper  (Juniperus communis ssp. depressa)

As I’ve explained in a previous post, I’ve decided to use Zen To Done productivity methodology by Leo Babauta.

This is the feedback after 2 weeks.

As a reminder, the first habit I’ve decided to implement is to define every morning the 3 Most Important Topics (MITs) I want / need / commit to achieve during the day.

During week #1, the success rate has been 52 % (11/21)

Here’re the results of week #2 :

 

  • 3 MITs for the week : Did I defined 3 MITs  ? :  YES,  How many did I achieve : 1/3
  •  Day 1 (January 23th) : Did I defined 3 MITs ? : YES, How many did I achieve :3/3
  • Day 2  (January 24th) : Did I define 3 MITs ? : YES, How many did I achieve : 2/3
  • Day 3 (January 25th) : Did I define 3 MITs ? : YES (4), How many did I achieve : 2/4
  • Day 4 (January 26th) :Did I define 3 MITs ? : YES, How many did I achieve : 1/3
  • Day 5 (January27th) : Did I define 3 MITs ? : NO , How many did I achieve : 0/3
  • Total : I’ve defined the MITs 4 times instead of 5, I’ve achieved  9/19.

 What are  my conclusions ?

  • 9/19 is a poor result. It’s even worse than last week (11/21). I’ve clearly over committed to myself during that week. Like last week there’s 1 specific MIT that I’ve pushed from day 1 to day 5  that made me loose 5  points.
  • I did not defined the MITs on friday as my work day started at 6am.
  • Even if the numbers are quite bad, I’m happy with this week. It was a VERY busy week, and defining 3 MITs everyday really helped me to keep control. I’m still happy with my new way to use todo system nirvanahq (I’ve removed all project, and used 1 simple list)

For the new coming week, my objective is to continue the implementation of this new habit, with a better result !

 

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The art of presentation #1

95% of presentations are boring.
Everybody use PowerPoint few people know how to use it.

I’m always trying to do better presentations to make them less boring, more efficient.
This very good series of presentations written by Eduardo S. de la Fuente is full of tips, ideas to make it happen.

If you do presentations, you should read this carefully.

In this first one, you’ll learn :

  • some statistics (“95% of powerpoint presentations suck” Guy Kawasaky).
  • some common mistakes (too many bullet points…)
  • that YOU can change this and improve !

Relax, breath and enjoy !
Do not miss the video on slide 21 !

The Art of Presentation. Following the ZEN path. WHY

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My prefered videos : Mario Kart (Rémi GAILLARD)

Rémi Gaillard is a French guy from Montpellier (south of France, by the mediteranean sea).

He makes very fun videos doing very funny things in the street, with normal people.
The result is often fantastic.

I’ve choosen this video where he is Mario Kart in the streets of Montpellier !

Breathe, relax and enjoy !


  

My best photos : Orangutan in Sumatra

I took this photo in 2011 in Sumatra.
I of my dream since I’m 10 years old was to meet Orangutan in the jungle.
It finally happened in August 2011 in Sumatra.
The quality of the photo is not so good because the light was quite low.

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