Dave's media appearances as a PowerPoint presentation expert
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- The Globe and Mail August 18, 2017
Suggestions from Dave's article on how to use an executive summary in a presentation were included in Harvey Schachter's online Power Points column on August 18, 2017.
- FastCompany.com January 14, 2017
In this FastCompany.com article, Dave's survey on what annoys audiences about bad PowerPoint presentations is used as a starting point for the author giving some tips on using images in presentations.
- Monster.com November 22, 2016
Dave is one of the experts quoted in this article titled "10 PowerPoint hacks to make your presentations look more professional": https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/powerpoint-hacks-1116.
- The Globe and Mail August 26, 2016
Suggestions from Dave's article on a strategic approach to presenting to senior executives and Boards was included in Harvey Schachter's online column on August 26, 2016.
- The Globe and Mail June 16, 2016
Suggestions from Dave's article on a strategic approach to presenting to senior executives and Boards was included in Harvey Schachter's online column on June 16, 2016.
- The Globe and Mail April 22 2016
- AFP Exchange FP&A Issue March 2016
Dave's article titled "SLIDE RULE: Your message is the key to converting spreadsheets into visuals" was published starting on page 28 of the March 2016 FP&A issue of the AFP Exchange magazine (the monthly magazine published for members of the Association of Financial Professionals). The article was previewed in this extract.
- The Globe and Mail December 7, 2015
- AFP Exchange Magazine article
Dave's article in an upcoming AFP Exchange magazine (the monthly magazine published for members of the Association of Financial Professionals) is previewed in this extract. The full article was published in the March 2016 FP&A issue here.
- Guest article on Indezine.com
An article I wrote titled "How do spreadsheets end up on slides – and what you can do differently for your next presentation" was published on Indezine.com. Indezine.com is one of the top sites for PowerPoint tutorials, PowerPoint templates, and presentation news.
- Guest blog post on TurningManagersIntoLeaders.com
Merge Gupta-Sunderji asked me write an article for leaders on "When asking your staff to prepare slides for you, which type of leader are you?" In the article I explain what typical leaders do and what top performing leaders do when requesting slides from their staff. Typical leaders waste a lot of their staff and their own time when preparing presentations compared to the efficient process top performing leaders use. Click here to read the article on Merge's website.
- I disagree with the Canadian Business article on PowerPoint
I strongly disagree with the article James Cowan of Canadian Business magazine published today concluding that “PowerPoint is a terrible way to communicate anything important.” My study on PowerPoint usage is quoted and he uses a 12 word quote from me. By including me in this article, he gives the impression that I agree with the direction of the article, which is certainly not the case.
I expected better from Canada’s national business magazine. The article suggests that just by using a memo format instead of a PowerPoint presentation, that all the problems with communication in organizations will be solved. Not only is this grossly oversimplified, it is flat out wrong.
If someone wrote a rambling multi-page memo with spelling and grammatical errors and all the text in one paragraph, would most executives think this was good communication just because it was a memo? None of the executives I work with regularly would think that way. Any communications vehicle - memos, emails, PowerPoint presentations, and many more - can be used well or can be used poorly. It is not the vehicle that is the issue, it is how it is used.
Do too many corporate presenters deliver PowerPoint presentations that could be better? Sure. But the solution is to train them on how to create presentations that have a clear message, focused content, and effective visuals. That is what I have been doing for my clients for over 15 years.
Canadian Business could have chosen to provide a balanced perspective with suggestions on how corporate presenters could overcome some of the common problems with PowerPoint presentations. That would have been useful to their readers. Instead, they chose to take the route of creating a “click bait” headline and story that doesn’t provide their readers with a viable solution to a real issue.
I spoke with Mr. Cowan for over 20 minutes on the phone at his request. At the time he indicated that the story was examining the question of whether a presentation is always needed in a meeting. I gave a balanced view that suggested that a well thought through presentation could often help. I was surprised and disappointed when I saw the article today and he had included me in a manner that distorts my position on the usage of PowerPoint presentations.
Let me close by reiterating my position on this subject. I believe strongly that a PowerPoint presentation can be used to effectively communicate important information. I disagree with the position of the Canadian Business article and do not appreciate my name being used in a manner that suggests otherwise.
- Canadian Business magazine February 24, 2015
This article in Canadian Business magazine quotes Dave and his study on what annoys audiences about PowerPoint presentations. Dave does not agree with the conclusion of the article that "PowerPoint is a terrible way to communicate anything important". He believes that PowerPoint can be used to enhance a presentation and his workshops help business professionals learn how to create presentations that have a clear message, focused content, and effective visuals.
- The Globe and Mail February 16, 2015
The Globe and Mail Report on Business included Dave's tip on checking how your slides look to people with color deficiency in their February 16th edition. The Globe article is here and Dave's article they refer to is here.
- Rad Presenters interview
I was interviewed by Jon Schwabish and Stephanie Evergreen on their Rad Presenters podcast. It was a lot of fun and we cover a wide range of topics, including what it means to be a PowerPoint MVP, dealing with data and numbers on slides, my surveys, my page on how to solve setup problems, and my workshops. You can listen to the episode on their website or on iTunes.
- Guest article on Lumo blog
Dave wrote an article for the Lumo blog on planning your presentation before you start using any software. Read the article on the Lumo blog.
- The Globe and Mail September 1, 2014
Dave's tip on using Diagrammer.com to quickly find pre-made diagrams was mentioned in this article on tips to improve your productivity.
- Forbes.com August 15, 2014
Dave is quoted as one of twenty world-class presentation experts in an article on Forbes.com. His article on using a GPS approach to planning your presentation is highlighted.
- Presentation Xpert Newsletter August 13, 2014
- The Globe and Mail August 11, 2014
- Presentation Xpert Newsletter July 10, 2014
Presentation Xpert republished Dave's article on creating slides that print well in black & white.
- Visual Slide Revolution listed in Prezi’s Top 100 Presentation Resources
Dave's book The Visual Slide Revolution is listed as one of 13 books in Prezi's Top 100 Online Resources Every Presenter Should See.
- The Globe and Mail May 26, 2014
Dave's article on starting your presentation with a hook that shows the audience why they need to pay attention was cited by The Globe and Mail Report on Business in this article.
- Toastmasters magazine April 2014
Dave's blog was listed as a presentation resource in the April 2014 issue of the Toastmasters magazine that goes to all 292,000 members worldwide. Here is the PDF version of the magazine: Toastmasters April 2014
- City A.M. March 24, 2014
Dave's Annoying PowerPoint survey and calculation of how much poor PowerPoint presentations cost organizations is used in this article titled "Four presentation mistakes to avoid" in City A.M. (UK)
- Presentation Xpert Newsletter March 13, 2014
Presentation Xpert used Dave's article on How to play YouTube and Vimeo videos from a browser within your PowerPoint presentation in their March issue.
- The Globe and Mail February 3, 2014
- Presentation Xpert Newsletter January 9, 2014
In their January 2014 issue, Presentation Xpert featured Dave's article on creating proportional object collections and his calculator that makes it easy for presenters to figure out the dimensions of the shapes.
- Wall Skills December 17, 2013
Wall-Skills, an organization that creates one-page summaries of good ideas that companies can use to inspire and inform employees throughout the office, adapted one of Dave's article on ten tips to improving your presentation. The one-page summary is at this link: http://wall-skills.com/2013/10-tips-presentation/
- Speaking Sherpa November 24, 2013
Jeremy Donovan of Speaking Sherpa and author of "How to Deliver a TED Talk" took the results of Dave's Annoying PowerPoint survey and created actionable tips for his readers in this article: http://speakingsherpa.com/actionable-tips-from-dave-paradis-2013-annoying-powerpoint-survey/
- Speaker Magazine November 18, 2013
Jeff Hurt used the results of Dave's Annoying PowerPoint survey in his article for Speaker Magazine that can be viewed here: http://speakermagazine.com/why-audiences-detest-presenters-that-abuse-or-avoid-powerpoint/
- Chantal Bosse November 6, 2013
Chantal, a fellow PowerPoint MVP from Quebec, wrote an article in French about the key results of Dave's Annoying PowerPoint survey. The article is here: http://presentationsefficaces.blogspot.ca/2013/11/presentations-powerpoint-irritantes.html
- Seattle Interactive Conference October 30, 2013
Adam Tratt of Haiku Deck included results from Dave's Annoying PowerPoint survey in his presentation at the Seattle Interactive Conference. You can view his entire deck here: http://www.haikudeck.com/p/eq7DBvXfYO/secrets-of-a-killer-pitch-sicpitch-sic2013
- Haiku Deck October 23, 2013
Catherine Carr of Haiku Deck created a Haiku Deck presentation of the key results of Dave's Annoying PowerPoint survey. View the deck here: http://www.haikudeck.com/p/KE2snJMtfn/annoying-powerpoint-survey-results
- Indezine newsletter October 10, 2013
Geetesh Bajaj interviewed Dave about the results of his Annoying PowerPoint survey in this article: http://blog.indezine.com/2013/10/2013-annoying-powerpoint-survey-results.html
- All About Presentation October 7, 2013
Vivek Singh reported on the results of Dave's Annoying PowerPoint survey in his article here: http://www.allaboutpresentations.com/2013/10/7-things-which-annoys-your-audiences.html
- Gihan Perera October 7, 2013
Gihan wrote about the top issues in Dave's Annoying PowerPoint survey and his suggestions for professional and corporate speakers in this article: http://gihanperera.com/2013/10/annoying-powerpoint-and-how-to-avoid-it/
- The Globe and Mail August 26, 2013
- Presentation Xpert Newsletter August 15, 2013
Presentation Xpert newsletter republished Dave's article on when you should switch to using slides in the 16:9 aspect ratio. The article is on their site here.
- The Globe and Mail June 24, 2013
Dave's Proportional Shape Comparison Diagram Calculation Tool was featured in The Globe and Mail on June 24, 2013 here.
- Presentation Xpert Newsletter June 14, 2013
Presentation Xpert newsletter republished Dave's article on being prepared when VGA ports disappear from laptops. The article is on their site here.
- Journal of Emergency Medical Services June 5, 2013
Dave's book Present It So They Get It was reviewed in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services here.
- Canadian Government Executive June 3, 2013
- The Globe and Mail May 6, 2013
Dave's advice on creating meaningful slide titles was featured in The Globe and Mail here.
- Presentation Xpert Newsletter April 16, 2013
Presentation Xpert newsletter republished Dave's article on improving your presentation two slides at a time. The article is on their site here.
- The Globe and Mail March 18, 2013
Dave's advice on how to proofread your slides was featured in The Globe and Mail here.
- Presentation Xpert Newsletter January 10, 2013
Presentation Xpert newsletter republished Dave's article on expanding your reach by sharing your presentation online. The article is on their site here.
- Review of “Present It So They Get It” January 9 2013
Dave's book, "Present It So They Get It", was reviewed by The Globe and Mail, Canada's leading national newspaper. They concluded, "His book is concise and clear – a winner. Whether you are a regular or occasional speaker, it will help you improve your presentations and cut the confusion that might otherwise doom your efforts." Read the entire review here.
- Top 35 Presentation Books December 6, 2012
- Business 2 Community website October 18, 2012
Dave is quoted and his Color Contrast Calculator is featured in an article on the Business2Community website here.
- Presentation Xpert Newsletter October 10, 2012
Presentation Xpert newsletter republished Dave's article on repurposing your PowerPoint presentation as an online video. The article is on their site here.
- The Globe and Mail September 25, 2012
Dave's advice on how to capture a screen shot from a mobile device was featured in The Globe and Mail here.
- Presentation Xpert Newsletter September 12, 2012
Dave article on limiting the amount of data in financial presentations was published in the Presentation Xpert newsletter here.
- The Globe and Mail July 2, 2012
Dave's tip on helping color blind people understand a dashboard slide easier was featured in The Globe and Mail here (July 2, 2012)
- Presentation Xpert Newsletter June 12, 2012
Dave's article on cutting your preparation time with pre-made slides was published in the Presentation Xpert newsletter here.
- The Globe and Mail May 14, 2012
Dave's tip on using standard fonts so that your text does not get garbled when the presentation is sent to someone else was featured in The Globe and Mail here (May 14, 2012)
- Jobboom magazine March 2012
Dave was interviewed and quoted in an article published in Jobboom magazine in March. The article is here (it is in French).
- The Globe and Mail Jan 23, 2012
Dave's tip on why spreadsheets don't belong on slides was featured in The Globe and Mail here (January 23, 2012)
- The Globe and Mail Dec 19, 2011
Dave's tip on reducing the detail in your presentation to avoid information overload was featured in The Globe and Mail here (December 19, 2011)
- Presentation Xpert Newsletter November 9, 2011
Dave's article on making effective use of infographics on your slides was published in the Presentation Xpert newsletter here.
- John Bohannon TEDx Brussels Talk November 2011
Dave's calculation of how much money is wasted each day by poor PowerPoint presentations was referenced by John Bohannon in his TEDx talk in Brussels. You can watch the video here.
- Presentation Xpert Newsletter July 7, 2011
Dave's article on an alternative to video in a web presentation was published in the Presentation Xpert newsletter here.
- City AM newspaper (London, England) June 2, 2011
Five of Dave's tips featured in this article in City AM in London England (June 2, 2011)
- The Globe and Mail Feb 22, 2011
Dave's tip on how to use visuals instead of text slides was featured in The Globe And Mail here (Feb 22, 2011).
- “Boring to Bravo” book by Kristin Arnold
Dave wrote a callout on choosing colors for your slides for Kristin Arnold's book "Boring to Bravo: Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve, and Inspire Your Audience to Action". Order the book from Amazon.
- Slate.com article May 5, 2010
Dave's survey on what annoys audiences about bad PowerPoint presentations was cited in this article on Slate.com (May 5, 2010)
- Interview on BBC Radio 5 on April 29, 2010
Dave interviewed on April 29, 2010 by BBC Radio 5 on the afternoon drive time show commenting on the "spaghetti" slide published in the New York Times and other media:click on this link to listen to the audio (MP3) BBC5 Interview Apr 29 2010
- Quoted by Rick Altman April 25, 2010
Rick, producer and host of The Presentation Summit conference, referred to my blog post about the backchannel and agreed with my perspective on this blog post.
- Interview with Dan Richards April 2010
Dave sat down with Dan Richards of Client Insights in mid-April 2010 for an interview on how financial advisors can communicate more clearly when they present: click here to watch the video
- Professionally Speaking TV March 15, 2010
Dave's appearance on Randall Craig's "Professionally Speaking TV" Internet TV show on March 15, 2010: click here to watch the video
- U of T Chemical Engineering magazine Spring 2010
Dave recognized in the University of Toronto Chemical Engineering magazine "Interfaces" in the Spring 2010 issue: click here to view the article
- The Globe and Mail January 11, 2010
Dave's tip on handing off the presentation to another presenter was published in The Globe and Mail Report on Business January 11, 2010: click here to read it online
- International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association Digest Spring 2009
Results of Dave's Annoying PowerPoint Survey were published in the Spring 2009 edition of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association Digest here.