PowerPoint architects

Tips for better presentations

As an architect, I find myself doing more presentations than I did when I was in a pure development role. No, this isn't a post about how to become that type of PowerPoint architect, it's a post to highlight a couple of very useful resources that will help you deliver better presentations.

I don't confess to being an expert in presentations and their delivery, but the thing to remember is (a) presentations can be very dull and (b) people get bored very quickly. Depending on your audience, there are alternatives to presentations such as facilitating a group discussion or unconferencing. That said, there are times when presentations are the most appropriate way to deliver your information. So, with this in mind, how can you make your presentations as good as possible? Practice and feedback are very important, but in addition to this are a couple of websites that I highly recommend for anybody wanting to learn about presenting, presentation styles and alternative ways to use PowerPoint.

I've personally found both of these websites very insightful and they've certainly influenced the way that I approach presentations. Do you have any good resources related to presentations and/or the effective communication of information? If so, please leave a comment.

About the author

Simon is an independent consultant specializing in software architecture, and the author of Software Architecture for Developers (a developer-friendly guide to software architecture, technical leadership and the balance with agility). He’s also the creator of the C4 software architecture model and the founder of Structurizr, which is a collection of open source and commercial tooling to help software teams visualise, document and explore their software architecture.

You can find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrown ... see simonbrown.je for information about his speaking schedule, videos from past conferences and software architecture training.

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