How to avoid death By PowerPoint | David JP Phillips | TEDxStockholmSalon

  • With a seldom seen depth of knowledge and passion for his subject, David Phillips has become the leading Swedish figurehead in the art of making presentations. He is the founder and owner of Sweden's largest resource on the subject: He is also author of the ground-breaking book "How To Avoid Death By PowerPoint" published in more than 30 countries.
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Comments • 80

  • Kyle G
    Kyle G 4 days ago +2

    Jesus is Lord, He died for you, He rose again and He loves you. Repent, meaning turn from your sins, and trust in Him! Amen!!!!

  • AeroGarage
    AeroGarage 4 days ago

    Why do powerpoints have white backgrounds ? Because of the morons still printing them.

  • CJ Carlos
    CJ Carlos 4 days ago

    amazing speaker

  • Shannon Kim
    Shannon Kim 6 days ago

    I like this TED talk because it comes in handy for my public speaking class! It's important to make sure the audience is interested and that you keep their attention until the end of your speech.

  • Claire Do
    Claire Do 6 days ago

    This is very helpful for my public speaking class!

  • Ian S
    Ian S 15 days ago

    Rainman. 82 82 82. 246.

  • Mike Borthwick
    Mike Borthwick 17 days ago

    Great points. Great ideas. Well presented. Thank you very much! (Worst crossword ever though)

  • J Barsky
    J Barsky 17 days ago

    Sounds impressive but not anywhere near as insightful as Edward Tufte - Mr. Phillips looked far and wide to find a book on the topic and could not find Tufte??? Ah the arrogance of youth who have discovered all by themselves that the earth is round.

  • Tom Florey
    Tom Florey 18 days ago

    I doubt many people even realized that he had written 'innovations' twice in his powerpoint

  • Vlad Tepes
    Vlad Tepes 20 days ago

    some really need achievements in life.

  • gavkav1
    gavkav1 21 day ago


  • Christine Wankling
    Christine Wankling 24 days ago

    excellent presentation! Short and to the point!

  • Tom Trott
    Tom Trott 25 days ago +4

    damn disappointing. i read it like "a slideshow on how to avoid death"

  • Ali Bay
    Ali Bay 25 days ago +7

    Also, "Don't expand the topic to fill the time you have the conference room booked for"

  • Patricia Freitas
    Patricia Freitas 25 days ago

    Excellent! I will share with colleagues in my company!

  • Stage Projections
    Stage Projections 27 days ago

    I loved this presentation. Thank you!

  • Bare Norsk
    Bare Norsk Month ago

    Movies is a good example on this. Notice how names are presented at the start of the movie vs the end?

    • qwertyuiopzxcfgh
      qwertyuiopzxcfgh 27 days ago

      The important names, yes. There are also thousands of names at the end of movies, which nobody will ever read.

  • The IT Guy
    The IT Guy Month ago

    Great talk. Next time, please work on lighting of the room/presenter as well. It might have been good for the audience present but filmed, the presenter was blurred by reflections!

  • E Outsen
    E Outsen Month ago

    Yes! YOU are the presentation, the PPT is the visual aide.

  • clemencecheeky1
    clemencecheeky1 Month ago +1

    Anyone knows how to use constrast on powerpoint without separating every point in a different textbox?

  • Danny Erb
    Danny Erb Month ago

    Why do we have to watch this 😫

  • Ashley Nicole Diaz
    Ashley Nicole Diaz Month ago +1

    19:50 gives the summary

  • Pooh Jaihow
    Pooh Jaihow Month ago

    what exactly is the meaning of the topic?? I'm lost. The description section also fails to describe anything about the topic.

  • IPSCanmaking
    IPSCanmaking Month ago

    Correct. Correct. Correct!!!

  • shubhankar das
    shubhankar das Month ago +1


  • Lilly Karak
    Lilly Karak Month ago

    Finally somebody said it!!

  • Cole Fox
    Cole Fox Month ago

    *DAMN IT! HE'S HOT!!!* 😍😍😍🔥🔥🔥❤❤❤

  • Guillaume Rousseau
    Guillaume Rousseau Month ago


  • CatsRUs
    CatsRUs Month ago

    Great talk! Spot on!

  • Anthony Rios
    Anthony Rios Month ago

    Loovvveee the Rain Man reference! It was actually 246 tooth picks tho. Lol

  • Patrik Túri
    Patrik Túri Month ago

    Just use Prezi instead of Power Point :)

  • Israel Hoffman
    Israel Hoffman 2 months ago

    16:38 its only 13 objects if you include the title. 12 without.

  • Ritika Gulati
    Ritika Gulati 2 months ago +1

    Hey's just amazing. What an insightful video! ❤

  • Varun Mani
    Varun Mani 2 months ago +1

    Worth every minute.. thanks mate.

  • Varun Mani
    Varun Mani 2 months ago +1

    Gotta agree with you on the darker bg and the smaller title.. Finally i was not killed by powerpoint at a TeD Ex presentation, Now that was interesting and well performed really goes to show that the tool is not the presentation u are.. well said mate! This was truly Soulful to all of us who suffer viewing and making that dreadful powerpoint on daily basis.

  • Judy H
    Judy H 2 months ago

    Love it, reworking all of my powerpoints!

  • Emmanuel Uduh
    Emmanuel Uduh 2 months ago

    THANK YOU!!!!! djp

  • August Jensen
    August Jensen 2 months ago +1


  • Nick B
    Nick B 2 months ago

    Presentation in 2 days and this video was like the lightbulb in the room that i needed! Don't take the shortcut and watch the video, 20 minutes of time is worth 40+ years of knowledge!

    SUSAN SAMUEL 2 months ago

    Finally, some really good tips to make a good ppt. Will definitely apply these principles.

  • Edin Mujic
    Edin Mujic 2 months ago

    Can anyone, please, explain me, witch option in PowerPoint gives you posibiliti to make that "contrast efek" that is shown from 11 minute in this video.
    P.S. Sorry for bad english :)

  • Siddhi Salunke
    Siddhi Salunke 2 months ago

    How to put contrast effect

  • Gina Phan
    Gina Phan 2 months ago

    Greats tips. Will review all my slides from here on. I wonder if the reason for sharp contrast apply for training slides? I believe when it comes to training the focus is not the trainer per se, but the content in the slides.

  • Ditch The Map
    Ditch The Map 2 months ago

    This is why companies pay us management consultant huge bucks!

  • Sebastiaan François
    Sebastiaan François 2 months ago

    To bad he didnt use his own contrast principle in the last cross word slide 😄 would have been better to contrast out question per question 😄

  • Luke Cavalcante
    Luke Cavalcante 3 months ago +1

    Sorry for bad english
    How to avoid death
    Doctor: You dead in 2 weeks
    Me: no
    Docktor: ok

  • waterfallsinspace
    waterfallsinspace 3 months ago

    one man, should not wield, such power

  • Chris Cain
    Chris Cain 3 months ago

    Very useful thank you

  • Rupert Bloomsbury
    Rupert Bloomsbury 3 months ago

    These all look like anything from Japan - websites, TV, ads, and presentations - a mess

  • lone wolf
    lone wolf 3 months ago

    Im here becuase my teachers biggest test of the year is over what he says

  • Bill De
    Bill De 3 months ago

    so hot ima do da opposite to annoy someone

  • James Lowen
    James Lowen 3 months ago +2


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      James Lowen 3 months ago


    • Roland Szkokan
      Roland Szkokan 3 months ago +2


  • Konkie
    Konkie 3 months ago

    This guy presents like he's an actor in a theater.. can't take him seriously.

  • Roberto Santos
    Roberto Santos 3 months ago +1

    Very good

  • The Simple Fix Channel
    The Simple Fix Channel 4 months ago

    Death by bad jokes

  • Bryan Tan
    Bryan Tan 4 months ago


  • Andrea Tanzi
    Andrea Tanzi 4 months ago

    People create presentations for themselves (to become confident) not for the audience, therefore when the “picture” is clear they do not have time or the ability to synthesize for their talk.
    Those that have worked in advertising or management consulting do not have this issue (..) and by the way, for great presentation you needs years and carisma.

  • mun ward
    mun ward 4 months ago

    I like David Phillip's PowerPoint because simpler I think he is very smart.

  • jePenseQuoi
    jePenseQuoi 4 months ago

    Another useless TED talk. It's clear that this guy never worked in a company. In real corporate life, 99.9% of PowerPoint usage is to create decks rather than presentations. People sit around the table and talk. There is no one standing at the front of the room with a monitor. The PowerPoint is used for reference, and bad decks are when someone just reads everything on each slide. The reason why they have white backgrounds is because they are printed. Ink cost a lot of money, and a dark background prohibits people from making notes on slides. In addition, because they are printed, there is no animation, and the amount of paper is limited.

  • Alaric Wyatt
    Alaric Wyatt 4 months ago

    got to 18 minutes and my patience was gone. too verbose and long winded for me. trying too hard to get the laughs as well. he needs to go to a good talk on how to give a good talk...

  • Art Teacher NC
    Art Teacher NC 4 months ago

    My Power Point style- 1 gorgeous piece of art per slide, as big as possible. Discuss with students. Everyone happy.

  • Castor
    Castor 4 months ago

    This guy nailed it! What a great video! I only disagree with the "magic number " he says at 15:52
    I still think it's 5, not 6. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that humans have five fingers in each hand, I don't know...
    Anyways, his ideas are excellent!

  • Bishop Gaming
    Bishop Gaming 4 months ago

    ELA Teacher made me watch this

  • Vlcoun
    Vlcoun 4 months ago +3

    jump to 19:51 for summary and you're done!

  • Bregelad
    Bregelad 4 months ago

    Weird - only just come across this but I've been teaching all of this in schools for the last eighteen years! Why is it seen as so radical?

  • Clive Holt
    Clive Holt 4 months ago

    my CEO has pages and pages of text ... and he has to read through it all :(

  • Gerard Ladalardo
    Gerard Ladalardo 4 months ago +1

    I watched the first 30 seconds and was about to move on, BUT then I read some reviews and watched the video...WOW, GREAT information!!!!

  • Scott Caldwell
    Scott Caldwell 4 months ago

    Very informative and entertaining. And the presenter sounds like a Bond villain, which is cool.

  • Bruce Banner
    Bruce Banner 4 months ago

    Usually, the presenter is there to make people read the powerpoint. This is the point of the presenter, not to present, no one could understand you if you have any accent.

  • David Pius
    David Pius 4 months ago +1

    Great great!!!!

  • Thothali
    Thothali 4 months ago

    Love this!

  • Sreedhar Vedula
    Sreedhar Vedula 5 months ago

    Amazing! Very useful. I already use most of them.

  • burns83
    burns83 5 months ago

    One of the favorites

  • Paul Horn
    Paul Horn 5 months ago

    Very good--just one quibble--I believe that the headline SHOULD generally be use the largest font because it ought to convey the key point of the slide ---ideally, in a pithy phrase

  • Matthew A. Gilbert
    Matthew A. Gilbert 5 months ago

    One Message Per Slide
    Contrast to Steer Focus
    Size to Steer Focus
    No Text Sentences
    Dark Background
    Six Objects per Slide

  • Hernan Perez
    Hernan Perez 5 months ago

    Thanks David.. Only bad thing about this presentation is the fake outloud laugh of that Ms. at the back
    Oh. See you applied all key elements of public speaking in this presentation. Silent was my favourite.

  • Tetsujin
    Tetsujin 5 months ago

    10:56 - OK, but the dark text is now so dark that it's practically illegible (and may actually be illegible depending on the light levels in the room and how good the vision of the audience is) - It's great for moving the focus from one item to another but if the non-focused content is so diminished that it's practically invisible, there's no point still having it on the screen

  • James Mulholland
    James Mulholland 5 months ago +1

    Misread the title and came here to avoid death

  • Jennifer Moss
    Jennifer Moss 5 months ago

    VERY helpful! I've used my slides as kind of a script and now I see how boring that can be! Thank you.

  • eff ess
    eff ess 5 months ago +1

    I agree with his point about not having too many items on a slide, but I'm not convinced by how he got there. You don't count the items on a slide.