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Presentation Patterns

Video Description

You’re giving a talk on a subject you know inside and out and your audience is staring at their cell phones. You’re boring your audience. Maybe you could use some help. In this fast paced humorous video, presentation pros Neal Ford and Nathaniel Schutta provide that help. They’ve spent thousands of hours giving talks at seminars around the world and even more hours listening to bad ones. They’ve used this experience to de-construct “The Presentation” into a set of patterns and anti-patterns. What are patterns and anti-patterns? They’re simply names (often funny ones) for the building blocks of good presentation practices (patterns) and the stumbling blocks of bad ones (anti-patterns). Ford and Schutta offer concrete instruction in how to plan your presentation, handle a wide variety of presentation types, manage your audiences, and deal with constraints and surprises. They show you what to do, and perhaps more importantly, what not to.

  • Learn great recipes for building and delivering effective presentations
  • Explore creativity patterns (narrative arc, triad, talklet) that frame and inspire presentations
  • Discover how presentation tools (like PowerPoint) can seduce you into doing bad things
  • Pick up patterns that can thrill your audience: Composite animation and make it rain
  • Learn why hiccup words, laser weapons, and bunkers drive audiences to the snack stands
  • Discover the Carnegie Hall, posse, and lipsync patterns that keep you calm while you speak

Neal Ford is Software Architect and Meme Wrangler at ThoughtWorks. His language proficiencies include Java, C#/.NET, Ruby, Groovy, functional languages, Scheme, Object Pascal, C++, and C. He has spoken at over 200 developers conferences and presented more than 2000 talks over the last decade.

Nathaniel T. Schutta is a senior software engineer focused on making usable applications. A proponent of polyglot programming, Nate has written two books on Ajax and speaks regularly at various No Fluff Just Stuff symposia, universities, and Java user groups.

Table of Contents

  1. Presentation Prelude Patterns
    1. Introduction 00:12:57
    2. Know Your Audience 00:05:03
    3. Social Media Advertising 00:05:20
    4. Required / Proposed 00:12:01
    5. Abstract Attorney 00:05:52
  2. Creativity Patterns
    1. Narrative Arc 00:06:18
    2. Fourthought 00:04:07
    3. Crucible 00:12:25
    4. Concurrent Creation 00:05:59
    5. Triad 00:04:24
    6. Expansion Joints 00:05:54
    7. Talklet 00:03:47
    8. Unifying Visual Theme 00:10:21
    9. Brain Breaks 00:06:55
    10. Alienating Artifact 00:04:45
    11. Celery 00:05:20
    12. Leet Grammars 00:04:20
    13. Lightening Talk 00:05:53
    14. Takahashi 00:07:08
    15. Cave Painting 00:08:45
  3. Slide Creation Patterns
    1. Cookie Cutter / Soft Transitions 00:09:28
    2. Coda 00:03:05
    3. Injured Outlines 00:03:57
    4. Peer Review 00:11:04
    5. Foreshadowing 00:08:05
    6. Bullet Riddled Corpse 00:08:53
    7. Greek Chorus 00:03:10
    8. Ant Fonts 00:04:39
    9. Fontaholic 00:04:11
    10. Floodmarks 00:07:33
    11. Photomaniac 00:05:47
    12. Composite Animation 00:02:38
    13. A la Carte Content 00:05:53
    14. Analog Noise 00:03:33
    15. Vacation Photos 00:09:01
    16. Defy Defaults 00:07:58
    17. Borrowed Shoes 00:04:32
  4. Temporal Patterns
    1. Slideument / Infodeck 00:06:37
    2. Gradual Consistency & Exhuberant Title Top 00:04:14
    3. Charred Trail 00:04:57
    4. Invisibility 00:03:20
    5. Context Keeper 00:04:21
    6. Breadcrumbs 00:03:40
    7. Bookends 00:05:40
    8. Intermezzi 00:03:15
    9. Backtracking 00:04:07
    10. Preroll 00:04:36
  5. Demonstrations versus Presentations
    1. Live Demo / Dead Demo 00:08:49
    2. Lipsync 00:10:24
    3. Traveling Highlights & Emergence 00:07:27
    4. Live on Tape 00:06:13
  6. Stage Prep
    1. Preparation 00:12:13
    2. Posse 00:03:57
    3. Seeding Satisfaction 00:04:13
    4. Shortchanged 00:05:40
  7. Performance Antipatterns
    1. Hiccup Words 00:04:43
    2. Disowning Your Topic 00:04:49
    3. Tower of Babble 00:02:37
    4. Bunker 00:02:39
    5. Hecklers 00:06:27
    6. Going Meta 00:03:42
    7. Backchannel 00:10:07
    8. Laser Weapons 00:02:57
    9. Negative Ignorance 00:01:56
  8. Performance Patterns
    1. Carnegie Hall 00:04:34
    2. Breathing Room 00:02:58
    3. Shoeless 00:02:54
    4. Seeding the First Question 00:02:33
    5. Make it Rain 00:03:49
    6. Stakeout 00:07:37
    7. Lightsaber 00:05:19
    8. Echo Chamber 00:04:06