Expert Voices Slideshow: Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 11-10-2009

Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs

1. Plan in analog

Jobs prepares presentations in the world of pen and paper. He brainstorms, sketches and draws on whiteboards.

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2. Plan in Analog

Exact messages are decided on for new products, and used consistently across all platforms: presentations, Web sites, advertisements, press releases, and even the banners than are unfurled after Jobs' keynote.

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3. Create Twitter-friendly Headlines.

Can you describe your product or service in 140 characters? Jobs offers a headline, or description, for every product; each fits in a Twitter post.

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4. Create Twitter-friendly headlines

Introducing the MacBook Air in January, 2008, he said, "The world's thinnest notebook." More information was available, but you already knew a lot.

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5. Introduce the Antagonist

In every classic story, the hero fights the villain. The same holds true for a Steve Jobs presentation.

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6. Introduce the Antagonist

Before he introduced the famous "1984" ad, Jobs said, "IBM wants it all." Apple would be the only company to stand in its way. A villain allows the audience to rally around the hero -- you, your ideas and your product.

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7. Stick to the Rule of Three

The human brain can absorb three or four chunks of information at any one time. Too much information, people won't remember a thing. Every Steve Jobs presentation is divided into three parts.

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8. Stick to the Rule of Three

On September 9, 2009, Jobs returned after a medical leave. He had three things to discuss: iPhone, iTunes and iPods.

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9. Strive for Simplicity

Apple chief design architect Jonathan Ive said Apple's products eliminate clutter. The same philosophy applies to Apple's marketing and sales material.

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10. Strive for Simplicity

Most of Steve Jobs' slides are visuals -- photographs or images. When are there words, they are astonishingly sparse. Steve Jobs tells the Apple story. The slides compliment the story.

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11. Reveal a "Holy Smokes" Moment

People forget words and actions, but not how you made them feel. Jobs creates water-cooler moments that everyone talks about later. These show stoppers are completely scripted

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12. Reveal a "Holy Smokes" Moment

Jobs unveiled the MacBook Air at Macworld 2008 by removing the computer from an inter-office envelope. Everyone who saw it, or read about it, remembered it.

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13. Sell Dreams, Not Products

Great leaders cultivate a sense of mission among their employees and customers. Jobs says he wants to put a "dent in the universe." True evangelists are driven by a zeal to create new experiences.

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14. Sell Dreams, Not Products

Jobs, launching the iPod: "In our own small way we're going to make the world a better place." Most people saw a music player, Jobs saw a tool to enrich lives. Great products matter, but passion, enthusiasm and emotion will set you apart.

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