What The Little Prince taught me about a great presentation


Image credits: TINA SIGNESDOTTIR HULT

"This method of leaving it up to the imagination to show the detail is a better approach when trying to find the right visuals for your presentation."

Recently, out of nowhere I was reminded about a small piece of the story about Le Petit Prince, by writer, poet, and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, when he was trying to draw a picture of a sheep for this being from another planet and was failing at satisfying him. No matter how many different sheep the prince drew - this person wasn't happy with it. It just didn't look like the sheep he had imagined.

Then the Little Prince did something very clever; he drew a picture of a box with three holes, and said - "The sheep you asked for is inside". This method of leaving it up to the imagination to show the detail is a better approach when trying to find the right visuals for your presentation.

So here above - this is a picture of a sheep. A specific sheep - and in this case it's supposed to be a stressed out sheep. Which I don't like and I think many people also don't like as pictures of what "a stressed out person" looks like.

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Here below, you'll see a situation that you can relate to - and imagine what this guy's face looks like - and what's he's feeling - which is far more perfect than showing a specific guys face, which will connote all sorts of other and different unintended meanings - to different people seeing it. Here below I think is a much better picture of a stressed out person,

What do you think?

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