Monthly Archives: January 2006

Preparing for the Keynote

Another interesting story from Mike Evangelist, a former product manager at Apple, but this time it’s in the Guardian Unlimited and not Mike’s blog. Mike provides a behind the scenes look at preparations for an Apple keynote. A timely story, as Steve Jobs will present a keynote next Tuesday (Jan. 10, 2006) at the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco. It is apparent that a lot of effort goes into Apple’s keynotes, even though they appear smooth and effortless.

Microsoft’s Presentation Skills

Mike Evangelist takes a look at Microsoft’s presentation skills in his blog. No kidding, Bill Gates needs to take a course in making simple slides that complement what the speaker is saying, and not detract from it. Here’s an example of a slide used recently in a Microsoft keynote speech:

More slides are available here.

Mike hits the nail on the head: “they look like something put together by a high school kid who just discovered clip art and shaded backgrounds.”