Welcome to the Summer Camp Leadership blog. For those of us who lead summer camps, making a positive difference in the lives of young people is our passion. Turning that passion into a reality, however, takes more than the ability to lead songs, teach archery or plan craft projects. Creating camp experiences that truly transform lives takes leadership. Leadership that creates a vision for the future, leadership that inspires and engages others, leadership that remains focused and stays the course. My hope is through this blog you'll find ideas, inspiration and tools to help you be a great summer camp leader.

Monday, August 31, 2015

The 10-20-30 Rule for Presentations

As camp leaders we're often asked to make presentations. It could be to a potential groups of camp families, a community group (Rotary, Kiwanis, etc.) or a business organization such as a Chamber of Commerce.

One of the country's best presenters, Guy Kawasaki, followers a simple rule for his presentations. He calls it the 10-20-30 rule.

10 - Ten PowerPoint slides are the ideal number for a presentation.

20 - Twenty minutes is the longest a presenter should speak.

30 - Thirty point is the smallest font size that should be used on slides.

The key to the 10-20-30 rule is focus. By limiting the number of slides (10) and the volume of text (30 point) speakers are forced to focus on what's most important. They have to decide what the key points are that will get the message across. The 20 minute time limit reinforces this emphasis on focus. Decide what needs to be said and say it as clearly and succinctly as possible.

Next time you're asked to do a presentation give the 10-20-30 rule a try.