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The 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint

I suffer from something called Ménière’s disease—don’t worry, you cannot get it from reading my blog. The symptoms of Ménière’s include hearing loss, tinnitus (a constant ringing sound), and vertigo. There are many medical theories about its cause: too much salt, caffeine, or alcohol in one’s diet, too much stress, and allergies. Thus, I’ve worked [...]

The Art of the Pitch

Forget “I think, therefore I am.” For entrepreneurs, the operative phrase is, “I pitch, therefore I am.” Pitching isn’t only for raising money—it’s for reaching agreement, and agreement can yield many good outcomes including sales, partnerships, and new hires. Here are the key elements of a great pitch. […]

The Only 10 Slides You Need in Your Pitch

I am evangelizing the 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint. It’s quite simple: a pitch should have ten slides, last no more than twenty minutes, and contain no font smaller than thirty points. This rule is applicable for any presentation to reach an agreement: for example, raising capital, making a sale, forming [...]

By |2021-10-12T09:52:30-07:00March 5th, 2015|Categories: Books, Entrepreneurship, Pitching and Presenting, Venture Capital|Tags: |47 Comments

24 Hours at Sea on the USS Nimitz

On Friday, May 29, 2009, fourteen bloggers and “distinguished visitors” served a twenty-four hour tour of duty on the USS Nimitz. The following 140 or so pictures and videos document this visit. This is a very long blog posts as blog posts go, and I know there are ways to create slideshows or other forms [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:11:45-07:00June 1st, 2009|Categories: Books, Travel|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

How to Get the Attention of a Venture Capitalist

At the Elite Retreat I gave an off-the-cuff answer to a question concerning getting the attention of venture capitalists. My buddy Wendy Piersall blogged about my answer, and it was a very popular. However, to truly help entrepreneurs, I’d like to provide a cogent list of the tips to get the attention of a venture [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:21:32-07:00April 5th, 2007|Categories: Pitching and Presenting|Tags: |0 Comments

A Review of My First Year of Blogging

2,436,117 page views for an average of approximately 6,200/day. 262 posts generated 6,961 comments and 1,937 trackbacks. That’s 25 comments/post and 7 trackbacks/post. 21,000 people receive RSS feeds via Feedburner and 1,457 receive emails via FeedBlitz. Total advertising revenue: approximately $3,350 = $1.39 cpm. (This assumes that I can get Google to pay me. I’ve [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:23:07-07:00January 1st, 2007|Categories: Blogging, Books|Tags: |70 Comments

Everything You Wanted to Know About Getting a Job in Silicon Valley But Didn’t Know Who to Ask

Many people ask me for advice about getting a job in Silicon Valley, so here’s the inside scoop. Not everyone will agree with this advice, and some will outright deny what I’m saying, but if you use these tips you will stand head and shoulders above most candidates. Love what the company does. Passion for [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:25:08-07:00August 14th, 2006|Categories: Human Capital, Management|Tags: |0 Comments

The Art of Schmoozing

“It's not what you know or who you know, but who knows you.” Susan RoAne. The Guy Kawasaki Theory of Schmoozing version 1.0 was ad hoc: get to know the people that you need for a specific deal. It was short-term and focused.Version 2.0 is ad infinitum--maybe even ad nauseam. It's taken me twenty years, [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:28:59-07:00February 1st, 2006|Categories: Marketing and Sales|0 Comments

Lessons from Steve’s Keynote

I attended Steve's keynote address at Macworld Expo San Francisco this morning, and I took a picture of most of the slides that he used. I couldn't capture them all because of the special effects he was using. You can read about these announcements all over the place, but here's a good summary on MacNN. [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:29:35-07:00January 10th, 2006|Categories: Pitching and Presenting|0 Comments

Free Art of the Start Online Seminar

On January 4th at 1:00 pm Eastern, I'm doing a free online seminar based on The Art of the Start for Raindance Communications. In the seminar, I'll cover the 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint, missions vs mantras, and other topics pertinent to anyone starting anything. Hope you can join me! http://snipurl.com/artonlineseminar Written at Ilikai Hotel, Honolulu, [...]

By |2015-03-18T07:42:45-07:00January 3rd, 2006|Categories: Books, Entrepreneurship|Tags: |12 Comments

Ten Questions With Garr Reynolds

All hail Garr Reynolds! He has written the definitive book about making great presentations: Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (Voices That Matter). To give you a taste of his book (and increase my link count), here are ten questions (really thirteen) with Garr. Question: Who indexed your book? I know I’m [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:17:10-07:00January 14th, 2008|Categories: Pitching and Presenting|Tags: , |6 Comments
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