Best of 2012: My Favorite Things


With our remaining three days of 2012, Creating Communication will reflect on the year in review as it relates to public speaking and presentation.  First, we will look at my favorite presentation-related things of 2012: book, webinar, Tweets, blog, TED Talk, speech, etc.

My favorite 2012 presentation book goes to the Harvard Business Review/Nancy Duarte partnership: HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations.  My review of the text is forthcoming!  It combines Duarte’s previous texts, Slide:ology and Resonate into a short, neat, HBR-approved book, and it’s a must-read for anyone who presents.

My favorite public speaking/presentation concept was Ethos3’s “Presenter’s Manifesto.”  I printed out a beautiful color copy of the inspiring, well-designed guide to the presentation revolution, and I urge you to read it and to join us in 2013.  My favorite Tweets about public speaking and presentation also came from Ethos3.  You must follow them here.  Last, but not least, my favorite public speaking webinar this year was done by Ethos3’s CEO Scott Schwertly and was called “How To Be An Online Presentation God.”  Organized by Tony Yang, Director of Marketing at Knoodle, the one-hour webinar was the perfect compliment to everything Ethos3 has been doing this year.  I love those guys so much, and they’ve really inspired me in 2012 in so many ways.

My favorite Slideshare presentation from 2012 was JesseDee’s updated “You Suck At PowerPoint.”  Though the original was great, this updated version took the design to the next level.

My favorite TED Talk of 2012 was definitely LZ Granderson’s “The Myth of the Gay Agenda.”  My favorite speech of 2012 was Bill Clinton’s Democratic National Convention address.  You especially have to check out this article alongside the video of Clinton’s DNC speech.

My favorite website with comprehensive information about public speaking and presentation in 2012 was Andrew Dlugan’s Six Minutes.  I was lucky enough to write for Six Minutes twice in 2012, and you can check out my articles here.  While this series is my favorite of all time on Six Minutes, this article was my favorite of 2012 because I love examining charisma and what it means to be a charismatic speaker.

I can’t talk about the best of 2012 without honoring the two best overall public speaking/presentation brands: Nancy Duarte and Garr Reynolds.  Both blog, Tweet, speak, and write amazing things on 21st century presenting.

Who or what would you add to this list of 2012 favorites?  Did I miss anything important?


2 thoughts on “Best of 2012: My Favorite Things

  1. Alex:

    How about the July article by Stephen M. Kosslyn et al on PowerPoint Presentation Flaws and Failures: A Psychological Analysis? It appeared in Frontiers in Educational Psychology. You can also find it on PubMed:

    Gavin McMahon blogged about it in a series of thee posts titled This is Your Brain on PowerPoint. So did I (my first post linked to his three).

    September 1st:

    September 2nd:

    September 3rd:


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