Alexei Kapterev’s Why Presentations Suck

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Alexei Kapterev is “a Moscow-based presentations expert, author of the book Presentation Secrets and the world’s most famous presentation about presentations Death by Powerpoint. He is currently teaching presentation skills at the Graduate School of Business at the Moscow State University and running a small private consulting practice” (Source).

I follow Kapterev on Slideshare, and he just released yet another beautifully designed deck of slides jam packed full of important presentation information.  Check it out below:

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You can also check out Kapterev’s TEDxKyiv talk called “World Class Self Education.”  Watch it here:

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Since Kapterev is an expert on presentations, and since this education comes not from a classroom but from his own self study for 6 years, this TEDx Talk perfectly captures his experience, background, story, and credibility.  I also love this concept because I am finding it to be true in my own life.  The things I study and teach myself are the things giving me a world-class education.  And this is obviously working for him if his book is on the shelves next to Nancy Duarte’s Resonate!

What rings true for you from Kapterev’s Slideshare presentation or his TEDx Talk?

Currently Reading…

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On my quest to find the perfect public speaking book for my revamped online and campus class, I’ve read a lot of great things, a lot of mediocre things, and a lot of bad, bad things.  Nothing has been as bad as the public speaking and presentation textbooks out there today!  Traditional public speaking textbooks suck, and they don’t work well for my students.

This week, I was excited to find that my university’s library carried two books on my reading list: Alexei Kapterev’s Presentation Secrets and Carmine Gallo’s The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs.  (Clearly “presentation secrets” is the term of the moment…)

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Two weeks ago, I created a bracket of books I am considering, and both of these were on that list!  It was great to discover them both on campus today.  After reading these books last week, I’m glad to have a new pile to dive into.

So far, I’ve found Kapterev’s Presentation Secrets to be organized in a classic textbook style… I don’t know if I will like this or not.  I did notice that he thanked Nancy Duarte in his acknowledgements, so that’s always a plus.  Gallo’s book, naturally, focuses entirely on what we can learn from Steve Jobs, so I don’t know if this approach will work well for my students just yet.  I’ll be able to finish reading both of these by the end of the week, so I’ll keep you posted on my thoughts.

What books would you like to use to teach basic public speaking and presentation courses to college students?

Presentation Secrets

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In this Slideshare presentation, Alexei Kapterev explains the introduction to his book Presentation Secrets.  This text is definitely on my reading list, especially because Kapterev’s 17th slide hooked me.  He explains that “bad presenters share either of the 2 extremes: 1) it’s voodoo magic; you have to be born with it or 2) you can do it by following ‘3 simple rules'” (Source).  I am a firm believer that you are not BORN with the ability to present well, just as I don’t think you are born with the ability to be a charismatic speaker.  Check out the first blog of my month-long series on charisma here.  I also subscribe to the belief that presentations are hard work.  As Nancy Duarte explains in slide:ology, a good presentation requires 36-90 hours of preparation.

Have you read Presentation Secrets?  Please tell me your review!  Is it purchase worthy, or should I wait until my local library gets it?