Which Compliment Do You Want?

Recently, at a conference, I noticed a big difference between compliments.

After my presentation, several people gave me compliments on my inspiring message and my simple and clear drawings. I was grateful for that. And I was glad that I had achieved my goal.

I also overheard people complimenting another speaking on the stunning animations that he created with prezi.com, with rotating words and sliding bubbles. But I noticed people were not talking about his message.

Which compliment do you want?
What is your goal?

Are you trying to make people think about your message?

Or are you trying to send new users to prezi.com?

p.s. This is not a rant against prezi.com or animations. In Toy Story 3 animations seem to work quite well.


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  • Angelo Anolin

    Compliments I would want are those that fall in the category of honest and candid – those that were given to ensure that I become better at what I do.

  • http://www.scrummaster.nl Maurice le Rutte

    Could it also be that people are less used to Prezi presentations at the moment and thus will notice the form in which it is delivered more than for a plain PowerPoint?
    Almost two decades ago it was normal to write with a pen on physical slides. As we had access to the excellent NeXT we created them on the computer and printed them to the sheets. As feedback we got lots of reactions to how good our sheets looked. After a while everybody printed his sheets and the novelty worn off.
    Then of course the PowerPoint presentation came to life. No more black and white physical sheets, but full color digital sheets including sleek transitions. Again, lots of comments on how good and professional the presentation looked.
    So now we are at the stage where tools like Prezi are finding their way to presentations and conferences. Of course people will be surprised and notice the new form it is in, until they’ve seen quite some and gotten used to them.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jurgenappelo Jurgen Appelo

    True, the novelty will wear off.
    My main concern (or rant if you will) is simply that the novelty is used tot “wow” the audience. But that may not be smart, because people won’t remember what you were talking about.

  • http://www.co2partners.com/blog Gary B. Cohen

    I first saw Prezi.com come from a presentation at TED.com. I was enamored with the technology and I tried to develop one of my presentations with Prezi.com and got warn out trying. It is really cool and for those who have the time to learn how to effectively use this model it is impressive. Jurgen like you infer, I believe the presentation should simply support the speaker not the other way around. I see that you included Presentation Zen in your list of books – great choice! Also terrific is Edward Tufte http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/ who has an amazing way to present data in a much more meaningful way.

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