Thought at 11:25pm March 19th, 2003

People are forever missing the point on how to do a presentation. PowerPoint just makes matters worse by encouraging presenters to use the screen for THEIR needs (i.e. putting their speaking notes up on the screen) instead of the audiences needs (i.e. to provide visual clues to the structure and meaning of what is presented).

Doc Searls had some good advice on giving presentations back in 1998 that are still mostly relevant (although the suggestions to use hotbot to steal copyrighted images seems a bit out of touch with the times!).

Thought at 10:55pm July 17th, 2002

This Wired article offers some good advice for getting people to respond to your e-mail requests — don’t cc, but rather send the message to one person.

The problem seems to come from people a) overwhelmed by their inbox and to do lists, and b) a feeling that “someone else will deal with it”.

Once stated this is pretty obvious, but I still receive (and send) messages to groups of associates expecting individual action.

Lesson learned.