Applying the 80-20 Rule in Presentations

There is this principle called the Pareto principle, which is  also more popularly known as the 80-20 rule, stating hat in most instances,  roughly 80% of the effects are  from 20% of the causes. To illustrate,  Microsoft noted before that by fixing the top 20% of the most reported bugs, they can eliminate 80% of the errors and crashes. In The 4-Hour Workweek, by Tim Ferriss, the author recommends that we focus our attention on the 20% of tasks that contribute to the 80% of our income.

Using this principle on presentation, what 20% of our time spent on presentations contributes to 80% of our results? And what is the time sink that takes up much of our time without yielding  the results we want?

A lot of  people spend 80% of their time on making slides and only 20% of their time doing the more essential stuff.

On Ellen Finkelstein’s blog, she teaches us 6 quick ways on how to improve our presentations 80% in 20% of our time. It’s a must read for presentation folks like me. Do visit her site.

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