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Best 10 presentation blogs – Have I got it right?

I’ve been blogging for about 8 years now. It’s been great fun.  I’ve built a global reputation and it’s helped me build my consulting business into a truly international outfit- though we’re still a small company. In the early days of the web there was a generosity of spirit about bloggers, we were a community, that shared stuff.  We swapped ideas, and links and scratched each others’ backs.  That’s all changed now, as people want to control the web, channel traffic and limit a user’s choice to include x’s products and services and exclude y’s, for commercial reasons.

It’s a fundamental betrayal of Tim Berners-Lee’s ideas. I understand why it’s happened, but I don’t agree with it.  I think that readers are intelligent, and they’ll choose those resources that most match their own perspective, and so they’ll find you in the end, however much bloggers like to pretend that they are the only ‘true’ voice out there.  In my years of blogging, I’ve shared hundreds of links to others, because I liked what they had to say.  I’ve never received a single offer from one of my ‘competitors’ in that time.  That might be because my stuff is crap, and none of my peers think that my thoughts are worth a damn, but my readership suggests that I might not be that bad. Anyway…

With this in mind, here’s an old fashioned post that’s designed to help the reader by sharing a wide range of voices, none of which I have any commercial interest in, for your benefit and support.  I hope you like them.  They are my favourite presentation bloggers and writers on the whole of the web.  Plus an opinion on what’s good (and sometimes bad) about them.

  1. Nancy Duarte– just very comprehensive and lots of free stuff.  Not much original thought, but one of the best collections of current thinking around.
  2. Rick Altman– interesting, witty and comprehensive practical advice on presenting and presentation design in the real world.
  3. Max Atkinson– brilliant, original, well researched and beautifully comprehensive site on speech writing, oratory and speech-making technique. A speech geek’s paradise. Lots of video examples too.
  4. 6 minutes- Andrew Dlugan has cornered the market in curating (I hate that word) other people’s ideas and work for the benefit of the whole world.  Hundreds of unheard of contributors, writing well organised, and detailed stuff on many subjects to do with presentations.
  5. Prezi.com– great site full of PowerPoint alternative stuff.  Most of it is shit but there’s still a great idea for impactful presentations here.
  6. Nick Morgan– Just good, experienced, well documented thoughts and advice for any speaker, whatever their field.
  7. Olivia Mitchell– comprehensive, slightly chippy voice from the far side of the world. Great for beginners and well documented. A bit dull in style and approach for me, but I readily recognise her talents.
  8. Garr Reynolds– God he loves himself, but ‘Zen’ is a good book.  Everything else is a rehash of that original idea.
  9. M62– An English sales presentation company, named after a motorway for some reason. Brash, opinionated and a bit cheesy sometimes, but well worth a good look.
  10. Charles Crawford-Ex British Foreign Office Charlie- brilliant and baffling with a fine eye for detail- his website is as much politics as it is presentation.

Visit them all, decide for yourself and let me know who you think should be on the list.

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Jim Harvey

Jim Harvey

Managing Director at The Message Business
Jim is the MD of The Message Business, a company which helps FTSE 100 companies to sell themselves, and their products better. Speech writer, Prezi trainer and designer, coach and consultant, Jim also finds time to be a proud father and husband.
Jim Harvey
4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Craig Hadden (@RemotePoss)

    November 5, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Thanks for sharing your list, Jim. I’d not heard of Charles Crawford, so will enjoy browsing his site.

    A while back I too published a list of great blogs for presenters:
    https://bitly.com/1oiA2qI

    I’m pleased to say just 2 of them are on both our lists, so between us, we’ve shared plenty of places for people to browse!

    (Must say, I’m a bit confused by the way you describe #5 though (Prezi.com), because you say “Most of it is shit…”)

    Anyway, if you’d like to, comments and links back to your site are always very welcome on my blog.

  2. Elaine Scaife

    November 7, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Hi Jim, Thank you so much for this article. As someone who is coming into the world of social media as a complete novice, it can be really daunting trying to promote myself as a freelance Presentation Skills Coach, in a world so full of ‘experts’! I have been writing a weekly blog for about 6 weeks now, and as you say, it’s very difficult to know the answer to the question “Have I got it right?” I really appreciate you sharing some of the best of the best bloggers; it’s great to have a bench mark. It’s also great to know that you have build a global reputation, and a successful presentation skills company. Very inspiring to this newcomer. Thank you 🙂

    • Jim Harvey

      November 7, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      Hi Elaine,

      Thanks for your very kind note, and I’ve had a look at your blog and your download, and it looks like you’ve got a lot very right so far. I like your detailed approach, and your ‘tone of voice’ and the content’s great too. We should connect on LinkedIn if you’re on there and chat about collaboration on a few things. And I’d be very happy to post a ‘guest post’ of yours on my blog too, if you’re interested as I think my readers will get great value from your experience. Good luck and best regards. Jim

  3. Kirsty

    September 9, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Great list. Thanks for sharing.
    Will check out 6/7/10 as I haven’t come across these before.
    Another great blog which is worthy of top 10 is Ethos3 http://www.ethos3.com/blog/
    Cheers
    Kirsty

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