presentation styles of Gates vs. Jobs

I got an email from Guy Kawasaki (along with a few hundred or thousand others), asking me to trust him about checking out this link, comparing the presentation styles of Bill Gates vs. Steve Jobs:

Gates, Jobs, & the Zen aesthetic

Bill Gates gets compared to Mr. Burns of the Simpsons:

One thing that would help Mr. Gates is an executive presentations coach and a video camera. One unfortunate habit he has is constantly bringing his finger tips together high across his chest while speaking. Often this leads to his hands being locked together somewhere across his chest. This gesture makes him seem uncomfortable and is a gesture reminiscent of The Simpsons’ Mr. Burns. By contrast, Steve Jobs has a more open style and at least seems comfortable and natural with his gestures.

Also see related post: Bill Gates and visual complexity.

I think in the days of increasing informational choices we have (500+ channels on cable, on satellite radio, 1,000,000’s of blogs, 1,000,000,000’s of websites), and I hesitate to use the misnomer of information overload, that communicating effectively rquires constantly adapting and honing one’s content delivery style. To quoteth John Maxwell: “Information is getting out, communication is getting through.

This is where I see Web 2.0 providing a welcoming and simpler user interface. Latest Web 2.0 app that I’m using is – for me to be reminded of appointments or to-dos via my cell phone, so I won’t forget the milk, and the kid.

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  1. bumble says:

    Thanks for the link to presentationzen – great stuff