May 2, 2009

Presentation Blogs: A Snapshot

Blogging on presentations is on the rise. Two years back there were only a few blogs on presentations. Today there are many. Year 2008 has seen a surge in the number of blogs on presentations. Out of 15 blogs on my blog roll 8 were started in 2008! Year 2009 looks to continue from where 2008 left.

This post has been written with two objectives in mind.

1. To provide you with a list of good blogs on presentations

2. To share with you what each blog talks about

Here is the list of 16 blogs on presentations. These are the blogs I follow regularly and this list is by no means exhaustive.

These blogs have been arranged in descending order of their age (in months). In column 4 you will find the frequency with which these blogs get updated. If we plot age on horizontal axis and frequency on the vertical axis, this is how the blogs look like:
We can clearly group these blogs into three clusters.

A. High Frequency New Blogs
B. Medium Frequency New Blogs
C. Medium/Low Frequency Old Blogs

The general trend which one would expect is for blogs to start at a high frequency and then slow down as they age. To avoid this
I follow a simple policy of having three posts a week. All About Presentations thus gets regularly updated. Blogs like Ethos 3, Presentation Zen and Ellen Finkelstein's PowerPoint Tips blog should be complemented for constantly blogging for more than two three years now.

Blog Introductions (arranged in order of frequency)
Group A (Frequency High, Age New)

Talking Points (5.38/week): Joey Asher describes his blog in these words, "Talking Points is a blog about how to give business and sales presentations that connect with listeners, sell ideas, and win business."

Slides that Stick (5.31/week): Jan Schultink is a former McKinsey strategy consultant now working in his own boutique consulting firm. In his own words, "Slides that stick is about ideas for better presentation design, often taking inspiration from places far away from the PowerPoint slide edit screen."
ReThink Presentations (4.62 posts/week): The author Oliver Adria says, "ReThink Presentations discusses issues on presentation design, content and delivery. The blog has a conversational nature and discusses effective presentation ideas in a simple and easy manner."

All About Presentations (3.15 posts/week): At All About Presentations we discuss conceptualization, design and delivery of presentations. It is a practical blog containing simple and useful articles on how you can improve your presentation skills. Managers and executives should find this blog especially useful.

Group B (Frequency Medium, Age New)

Slide:ology (1.62/week): Duarte Design's Slide:ology is a popular blog. The blog's content, mostly written by multiple authors covers what's happening in the world of presentations.
Speaking about Presenting (1.46/week): Olivia Mitchell is a very active blogger and this is what she said when I asked for an introduction. "The Speaking about Presenting blog is for people who have to give presentations as part of their work. I provides in-depth tips and techniques to help you plan an effective presentation and deliver it with confidence."
PowerPoint Ninja (1.46/week): Brent Dykes, the author of PowerPoint Ninja puts it in these words, "My blog is about practical or pragmatic tips and tricks for PowerPoint and business presentations. I focus on all three areas of planning, design, and delivery of business presentations."

Presenting Your Point (0.92/week): M.J. Plebon is the author of this blog. He stays in Canada. Lets hear what he has to say about his blog. "PresentingYouPoint is all about presentations from the initial conceptual thinking to the final delivery. I take a 30,000 ft view on presentations, the challenges, the issues and potential solutions. Every once in a while I will drop from the 30,000 ft overview and focus in on a specific area. If you are preparing a presentation for sales, raising venture capital, reporting to your department, superiors or colleagues, you can find some useful advice here."

Six Minutes (0.46/week): Andrew Dlugan, the author, focuses on public speaking and lists good articles from across the world every once in a while.
Apollo Ideas (0.31/week): When I asked him Jeff Brenman about his blog this is what he said, "Musings on presentation design and delivery from the Apollo Ideas team."

Group C (Frequency Medium/Low, Age Old)
Ethos 3 (1.62/week): "At Ethos3 we are all about empowering presenters. Our blog contains all the tips, tricks, and resources we know about to help you - the presenter." This is how author Scott Schwertly puts it. He has also started another website called SlideMagnet very recently. "SlideMagnet is for both the novice and expert presenter. You will find that SlideMagnet is the best online resource to find anything you want about presentations and public speaking." - Scott adds
Presentation Zen (1.54/week): Presentation Zen is the most popular presentations blog. Now-a-days Garr Reynolds writes about real life presentation experiences.

Ellen Finkelstein's PowerPoint Tips Blog (1.54/week):
Ellen Finkelstein started her blog in early 2005 and this makes her blog one of the oldest. She introduces her blog in these words. "Ellen Finkelstein’s PowerPoint Tips Blog offers tips, techniques, tutorials, articles, resources, and more on all aspects of PowerPoint and presenting."
Dave Paradi's PowerPoint blog (1.38/week): Dave Paradi is a senior blogger and writes on diverse topics and offers useful tips on presentations.
Create Your Communications Experience (1.00/week): Bert Decker now-a-days analyzes political and other public figures and comments on their presentation style. His blog covers public speaking & presentations.
The You Blog (0.23/week): John Windsor started out in October 2006. He introduces his as, "Practical ideas on presentations, persuasion, selling, and communications."

Every blog is aimed at helping you become a better presenter. The style and content vary. What is said and how it is said vary widely. Read what catches your fancy and suits your style.

How did you like this post? What presentation blogs/sites do you follow? Leave a comment.


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