How Merlin’s Wizardry Saved My Sanity


I’m packing for the AUC Conference starting tomorrow. I’m packing anxiety too. Why? Because I haven’t done the killer Keynote slideshow to accompany the paper to be delivered Tuesday. So it was nice to re-read the marvellous Merlin Mann’s posting How I made my presentations a little better of some time back … and to stumble on Guy Kawasaki’s 10-20-30 rule for presentations. In a nutshell …

a presentation should have no more than 10 slides, last 20 minutes, and contain no font smaller than 30 points.

I can do this before Tuesday! I can do this, I can do this …

And another gem from the comments on this post which probably explains why I do 20-something minute podcasts for my 20-something year old students:

A good rule of thumb is that your audience can sit still for the number of minutes equal to their age, e.g. if the average age of your audience is 35, they’ll remain in their chairs for 35 minutes before the shifting begins.

Well, I am time-limited with my paper presentation, so no sweat there. Bring it on!

If you don’t know about personal productivity guru Merlin Mann’s 43 Folders site (newly revamped and very cool-y now designated 43f for the hip crowd), then drop by.


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