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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 software development consultant specialising in software architecture; specifically technical leadership, communication and lightweight, pragmatic approaches to software architecture. He is the author of two books about software architecture; Software Architecture for Developers (a developer-friendly guide to software architecture, technical leadership and the balance with agility) and The Art of Visualising Software Architecture (a guide to communicating software architecture with sketches, diagrams and the C4 model). Simon lives in Jersey (the largest of the Channel Islands) and regularly speaks to audiences around the world. You can find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrown.

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