Thursday, May 10, 2007

The Worlds Best Presentation recently hosted a presentation competition in which one could submit their slides on a topic of their choice, and it would be put to a panel of judges and the general public. The panel of Judges was seriously experienced and included writers from two of my favorite blogs Guy Kawasaki and Garr Reynolds of presentation zen.

The presentation below is the winning entry as chosen by the judges entitled "shift happens", the content was originally compiled by Bill Fisch and this is a more graphical representation of the facts in question.... well worth a look, and a near perfect example of how to create an engaging presentation


yeboah21 said...

I have various problems with that crap presentation.

(i) "if you're one in a million" - this is a generic cliché that holds no ground. why a million? cos it sounds cool? either there are no 2 people the same of everyone is the same. Placing a numerical ratio on it is an exercise in futility.

(ii) '25% of the population in China with the highest IQs is greater than the population of north America, thus they have more honours kids than we have kids' - this is a completely invalid logical argument. The conclusion is sepearate from the premises and goes beyond the premises way too much. Just because there are more people, doesn't mean there are more honours students. That implies that educational and literacy levels are at the same level in both places, which is not the case.

(iii) 'China will soon become the number one English speaking country in the world' - likely, I grant you that, but for this to happen we make an inductive reference from past to present. It doens't take into account the idea of generation change or social, cultural, and political revolution that can reverse current trends.

(iv) '1 out of 4 workers today is working for a company they have been employed by for less than one year' - who is counting those who don't work for a "company", e.g.freelance journalists, people who do odd-jobs and gain a reputation by word of mouth, writers etc.? Why do businessy types who make these presentations presume that everyone works within some sort of machine?

(v) 'the top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004' - and guess what? they don't exist today! last time i checked it was 2007 still.

(vi) why does it have the union flag beside 'England 1900'? the flag of england is the cross of Saint George.

(vii) 'It is estimated that a week's worth of New York times contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century' - awful point. what sort of info are we talking about? where in the 18th century are we talking about? i think that the presentation takes info in the sense of communication via media, but info can come from personal experience too, e.g. a person living in 18th century Ireland or england would have the info needed more than I would to be able to make clothes and such. very vague and embarassingly unverified point.

(viii) the exabyte measurement system of information is a notoriously shit way of measuring a completely subjective thing. measuring numerically purely subjective things is inherently wrong.

(ix) 'half of what students learn in their first year of study will be outdated by their third year of study' - once again, the conclusion is far too great to justify itself. by this logic, if one was doing a 5 year course, what they learn in their first year will be entirely outdated by their final year.

(x) 'predictions are that by 2013 a supercomputer will be built that exceeds the computation capabilty of the human brain' - it may have more gigawhatsits but it won't be able to indulge in either rationalism or empirical verification. A group of human minds may be able to make a machine that is able to process and store much more stuff than they themselves can, but that does not mean that this machine is somehow cleverer.

ed said...

Jeez put a lot of time into that hugo...trying to avoid study? Yeh you are right though some of those points are a bit silly, im mostly impressed with the PRESENTATION of it though, as it was in a presentation competition, not an economic/educational academic conference etc. I care not for its levels of accuracy (in the eyes of hugo). Also i am not proclaiming this to be the best presentation...twas voted so

Barra said...
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Barra said...

bit long hugo.

Hugo said...

yeah well, had to say it.