Manas Tungare

Presentations: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

I’ve been reading Presentation Zen lately, and various related resources. I’ll credit Stanford Law School Professor, Larry Lessig, with exposing me to “alternate” styles of presentation when he gave a talk at Google last Summer.

Some interesting quotes and links I picked up along the way, with credits.

“If someone that did not attend to [sic] my presentation can understand anything if I mail them my slides, I have made a really bad set of slides. Really bad.” —

“What a computer is to me is it’s the most remarkable tool that we’ve ever come up with, and it’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.” — Steve Jobs.

An excellent presentation from Seth Godin at the Gel Conference, on all things broken!

Jonathan Shewchuk’s tips for academic talks.

“Start-up a PowerPoint presentation and the average IQ of the room drops by 10 points.” – Anon

A suicide PowerPoint presentation featured on The Onion.


  1. Yeah, presentation zen is an excellent site. I read almost every post written on the site and each post filled with tons of information on how to present. Though the alternative styles are very interesting, you will have to think very carefully while using the style for academic talks. Another interesting presentation style is Dick Hardt’s key note (some what similar to Larry’s).

    Pradeep Padala — May 20, 2007

  2. Manas, thanks for the list! I came across this really late, but am finding it useful nevertheless :)

    Uma — September 23, 2008

  3. How not to use PowerPoint: Don McMillan outlines some common mistakes:

    And how it should be done: Hans Rosling talks to TED about poverty and development:… and again at

    Timothy (TRiG) — February 9, 2009

  4. Timothy (TRiG) — May 5, 2009

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