Memo to Future Nat on Slides

September 27, 2008 – 11:00 pm

Reading back through my notebook at my jottings from last week’s frantic flurry of meetings, I found this hard-learned lesson:

When preparing slides for others, they MUST read them when you’re done and MUST give a trial presentation with the hardware in place and MUST be the presenter doing these things.

Yes, I made slides for someone, and then discovered that the remote control started the slideshow just fine but didn’t advance; that I’d put the sections in a different order; that the person I’d made slides for wasn’t comfortable with the forward and backward keys; … and on it went.

Also valuable advice: put a blank slide at the end so it doesn’t revert back to the application immediately.

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