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Destroy PowerPoint Zombies! by @EricPesik Have you ever felt trapped in a bad PowerPoint presentation? Ever listen to a speaker drone on like a zombie? Do boring uninspiring slides leave you feeling like the walking dead? Don’t be a PowerPoint zombie! Here are 6 tips to avoid Death by PowerPoint!

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Destroy PowerPoint Zombies! by @EricPesik Have you ever felt trapped in a bad PowerPoint presentation? Ever listen to a speaker drone on like a zombie? Do boring uninspiring slides leave you feeling like the walking dead? Don’t be a PowerPoint zombie! Here are 6 tips to avoid Death by PowerPoint!


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Have you ever felt trapped in a bad PowerPoint presentation?


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What makes PowerPoint so unpleasant?


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Audience Complaints: (1) reading the slide, (2) text too small, (3) too many words, (4) overly complex diagrams, (5) poor color choice, (6) no clear purpose, (7) no flow of ideas; Data source: www.ThinkOutsideTheSlide.com


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The experience is so common there is a word for it “Death by Powerpoint”


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Are you a PowerPoint Zombie?


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Braaains!


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Are you a PowerPoint Zombie? (1) unclear purpose, (2) mind numbing wall of text and bullets, (3) ugly design, (4) unintelligible charts and graphs, (5) boring clipart and stock photos, (6) mindless rambling


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Are you a PowerPoint Zombie? (1) unclear purpose, (2) mind numbing wall of text and bullets, (3) ugly design, (4) unintelligible charts and graphs, (5) boring clipart and stock photos, (6) mindless rambling


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Don’t be a PowerPoint zombie!


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6 tips to cure bad PowerPoint


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Zombie PowerPoint Symptom #1: Unclear purpose


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The Disease: Zombies have no purpose


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The Cure: Know your purpose - your presentation should have a clear flow and purpose


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Your purpose is not what you want to say


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Focus on your audience: (1) what do the want to hear? (2) what do they need to hear? (3) what is entertaining


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What is your one key takeaway point? Prepare you call to action!


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Audiences really want you to craft a clear message that has a flow and purpose. - Dave Paradi, ThinkOutsideTheSlide.com


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If you can’t clearly state what you want to accomplish, you are not ready. Postpone or cancel


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Once you know your purpose and key points, start planning in analog


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Turn off the computer. Don’t plan in PowerPoint


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Working in analog helps keep you focused and on point


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Why are audiences bored? Because they don’t understand the message and feel they are wasting their time. - Dave Paradi, ThinkOutsideTheSlide.com


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Anti-Zombie Tip No. 1 : Your presentation should have a clear flow and purpose


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Zombie PowerPoint Symptom #2: Mind numbing wall of text and bullets


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The Disease: Zombies vomit text and bullet points


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Bad PowerPoint slide example


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Bad PowerPoint slide example


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Bad PowerPoint slide example


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The Cure: B.L.U.F. - Bottom Line Up Front


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Place communications and recommendations at the beginning of each slide


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Then delete everything else on the slide


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Example: Bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, . . . therefore, we should vaccinate against zombies


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Don’t do this


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Bottom line up front


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Vaccinate or Die!


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1 BLUF per slide - 1 short line summarizing each conclusion or recommendations


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Think of you slides as a series of billboards


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One message per sign


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Make it big enough to be read from the back of the room


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Save the wordy details for your spoken delivery


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Or put it in backup slides


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If you ever hear yourself say, “I know you can’t read this,” just turn off the projector. - Dave Paradi, ThinkOutsideTheSlide.com


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Anti-Zombie Tip No. 2: BLUF Bottom Line Up Front


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Zombie PowerPoint Symptom No. 3: Ugly Design


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The Disease: Zombies don’t care about design


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The Cure: Blend text and images to illustrate your point - put creative thought into your design


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Look at other presentations for inspiration: Source: http://www.slideshare.net/featured/category/presentations-public-speaking


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Use “blank” page layout to create your own pages


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Use text creatively


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95% of design is typography. Source: https://ia.net/know-how/the-web-is-all-about-typography-period


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This is Calibri; This is Times Roman; This is Arial; This is Comic Sans


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This is Face Your Fears; This is Troika; This is Berlin Sans


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This is also Troika


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This is also Troika


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This is also Face Your Fears


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Typical typeface, but color and size variation adds interest. From Asia’s Increased Competitive Landscape - HR Implications on Talent Attraction and Retention http://www.slideshare.net/ericpesik/asias-increased-competitive-landscape-hr-implications-on-talent-attraction-and-retention


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More typical typefaces with color and weight variation. From Effective Internal Controls by @EricPesik http://www.slideshare.net/ericpesik/effective-internal-controls-14459584


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Multiple typefaces. From Fighting Global Corruption by @EricPesik http://www.slideshare.net/ericpesik/fighting-global-corruption


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Multiple typefaces. From J.P. Morgan and the Princelings of China by @ericpesik http://www.slideshare.net/ericpesik/jp-morgan-and-the-princelings-of-china-by-ericpesik


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Unusual typefaces plus variation. From this presentation Zombie Powerpoint http://www.slideshare.net/ericpesik/zombie-powerpoint-by-ericpesik


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But don’t over-do it with too much variation. Stick to 2-3 fonts and colors


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According to Microsoft... at least 30 million PowerPoint presentations are made each day. Source: Alexei Kapterev, Death by PowerPoint http://www.slideshare.net/thecroaker/death-by-powerpoint/


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Most use the same default templates, fonts, and colors


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Anti Zombie Tip No. 3: Use textual variation to enhance your message


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Zombie PowerPoint Symptom #3: Unintelligible charts and graphs


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The Disease: Zombies can’t communicate data


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Bad PowerPoint slide example


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Bad PowerPoint slide example


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Bad PowerPoint slide example


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The Cure: It’s not the numbers - it’s what the numbers mean - your data should support your message


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Use data to support your message. (1) Actual slide from a presentation, (2) The real message of all those numbers. Source: http://www.slideshare.net/thinkoutsidetheslide/the-state-of-financial-presentations-2014-survey-results


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Don’t read the numbers on the slide. Explain why the numbers are important. - Dave Paradi, ThinkOutsideTheSlide.com


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Case Study No. 1


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How often is executive management involved in bribery?


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Raw data from http://www.oecd.org/corruption/oecd-foreign-bribery-report-9789264226616-en.htm


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Typical default chart


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Re-colored to emphasize relevant data


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Do the math for the audience


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Info-Graphic Style


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Case Study No. 2


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Is internet usage associated with bribery?


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Raw data from http://www.acfe.com/rttn-archive.aspx


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Typical default chart


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Simplify


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Remove unnecessary elements


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Remove unnecessary elements


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Make it bigger


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Make it bolder


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I prefer sorting large to small


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Use color to emphasize relevant data


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Do the math for the audience


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Don’t tell the audience. Show the audience


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PowerPoint slides crammed with data in tiny, unreadable font... The result? Slides from Hell. - Prof. Stanley Ridgley, Drexel University, LeBow College of Business


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Anti Zombie Tip No. 4: It’s not the numbers. It’s what the numbers mean


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Zombie PowerPoint Symptom No. 5: Boring clipart and stock photos


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The Disease: Zombies don’t appreciate images


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Bad PowerPoint slide example


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Bad PowerPoint slide example


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Bad PowerPoint slide example


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Braaains!


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The Cure: Look for unusual images from alternative sources - use images that support your message


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https://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/by-2.0/


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http://www.morguefile.com/


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http://picography.co/


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http://getrefe.tumblr.com/


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http://publicdomainarchive.com/


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Fill your full screen with action!


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...or leave blank space for drama


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If you feel tempted to use a picture of two hands shaking in front of a globe, put the pencil down, step away from the desk, and think about taking a vacation... - Nancy Duarte, Source: Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery http://www.amazon.com/Presentation-Zen-Simple-Delivery-Edition/dp/0321811984


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Anti Zombie Tip No. 5: Look for unusual images from alternative sources


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Zombie PowerPoint Symptom No. 6: Mindless Rambling


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Braaains!


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The Disease: Zombies don’t plan or rehearse


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The Cure: Plan and rehearse your presentation - audiences expect better delivery skills


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Good presentations take time to prepare


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86% of top executives say that communicating with clarity directly impacts their career and income. Yet only 25% spend more than 2 hours on ‘high-stakes’ presentations. - Jim Endicott, President of Distinction Communication, Inc. Source: http://www.distinction-services.com/dcoach/2012/02/23/insight-from-distinctions-2012-presentation-impact-survey/


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55% of presenters spend little or no time practicing the delivery. - Jim Endicott, President of Distinction Communication, Inc. Source: http://www.distinction-services.com/dcoach/2012/02/23/insight-from-distinctions-2012-presentation-impact-survey/


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Braaains!


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The number one annoyance has not changed... The speaker read the slides to us. - Dave Paradi, ThinkOutsideTheSlide.com


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Presentations are becoming more popular, but they aren’t getting much better


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Be prepared


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Edit your slides


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Practice your speaking skills


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Watch http://www.ted.com/talks


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Send us people who can stand up and make a real presentation. We are tired of PowerPoint junkies... they need to also make great old fashioned presentations. - Prof. Farrokh Langdana, Rutgers Business School


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Anti Zombie Tip No. 6: Plan and rehearse your presentation


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Audiences deserve better


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Audiences expect better


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Escape the zombie horde!


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Don’t be a PowerPoint zombie!


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Review


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Anti-Zombie Tip No. 1 : Your presentation should have a clear flow and purpose


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Anti-Zombie Tip No. 2: BLUF Bottom Line Up Front


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Anti Zombie Tip No. 3: Use textual variation to enhance your message


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Anti Zombie Tip No. 4: It’s not the numbers. It’s what the numbers mean


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Anti Zombie Tip No. 5: Look for unusual images from alternative sources


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Anti Zombie Tip No. 6: Plan and rehearse your presentation


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Don’t be a PowerPoint zombie!


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About the Author: Eric Pesik is the Associate General Counsel and Compliance Officer for Seagate Singapore International Headquarters Pte Ltd. He is also a former Adjunct Assistant Professor with the University at Buffalo School of Management, State University of New York, where he taught International Business Law, Politics, & Ethics in their international Executive MBA program at the SIM campus in Singapore. He has been a lawyer since 1997 and is admitted to the State Bar in California, the US Court of International Trade in New York, and the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC. He is a sought-after speaker on legal and compliance issues. You can find many of his recent presentations on http://www.slideshare.net/ericpesik/presentations/ Disclaimer: This work represents the opinions of the author alone, and is not the opinion his employer or clients.


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Source Acknowledgments: Each slide contains source attributions and URL. The images have been modified to match the size, fit, and color of each slide. Before reusing any images, you must obtain the original images from the original sources, and you must comply with any applicable license restrictions imposed by the original source. Creative Commons Attribution License: You are free to share, copy, distribute, and transmit this work; to remix or adapt this work; and to make commercial use of this work, under the condition that you must attribute this work to me (but not in any way that suggests that I endorse you or your use of this work). http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/


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