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Merlin Mann | Aug 4 2009
Here’s the audio from a short talk I presented a few weeks ago at Jesse Thorn’s awesome1 MaxFunCon in Lake Arrowhead, CA. The talk is subtitled, “With All Due Respect to the Seduction Community”2, and it contains my typically NSFW use of, well, words, I guess.
It’s about how to get started—just started—with any project that really matters to you.read more »
Merlin Mann | Jan 27 2009
Here's a video of my presentation, "Toward Patterns for Creativity," from earlier this month at Macworld, here in SF.read more »
Merlin Mann | Aug 14 2008
Who Moved My Brain? Revaluing Time & Attention (slideshare.net)
As I've been going over my slides for the Time & Attention talk, I realized I hadn't shared how the material has evolved since it premiered at Macworld in January. Which is to say, "Kind of a lot." So, I've posted the updated deck.read more »
Merlin Mann | Feb 14 2008
Merlin Mann | Jan 18 2008
Up top is a snap of the slides from my talk, which I'll try to get up on Slideshare when I get a chance to tidy them up.
[Pimp: here's information on my speaking gigs and how to bring me in to speak with your organization]
update 2008-01-21 12:39:42: Okay, she's up. As ever, I'm not sure these'll make much sense without me standing there, yammering, but here's a clickable version of my slides:read more »
Merlin Mann | Dec 31 2007
I received my contributor copy of Garr Reynolds's Presentation Zen book last week and proceeded to devour it over the weekend. A fuller review is coming to this space soon, because this is the book about presentations that's needed to be written for years, and it's just fantastic. Best of all it's not another recipe book about "how to make slides" -- this is about re-imagining how your entire presentation will work together as a persuasive and integrated show, from conception through delivery. Awesome.
Anyhow, with my inaugural Macworld talk looming on the horizon (T-minus 16 days, thanks), I've been inspired by Garr's book (and the top-notch site on which it's based) to, among other things, try revamping the approach to how slides fit in to my overall show. As I said on the Twitter, that starts with shit-canning the PowerPoint-y Keynote templates I've previously torn up and pasted together for stuff like Inbox Zero (here's the slides for that one, which Garr was kind enough to feature in his book).
But, now, rather than strictly trying to reinvent the wheel, I have a quest. A quest for a crazy-simple, design-centric Keynote template that's more about composition than gradients and 3-D bullet points. Ever heard of The Rule of Thirds?read more »
Merlin Mann | Aug 23 2007
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