Posts Tagged 'rules'

2 steps? That’s not basketball

David Stern – this time you’ve stepped out of bounds.
I started playing basketball at the 4th grade, and has been playing ever since, twice a week.
The first thing I remember my 4th grade basketball coach taught me is: Never move your pivot leg. Never.
The traveling rule is the thing that differentiates basketball and one of Naismith’s original 13 rules.

I accepted the 3 seconds defense/offense rule, the dotted line below the rim, and other ‘changes’ to the league’s rule-book in order to make games more interesting and increase ratings. I can even look the other way on the fact that ‘Referees have long been instructed to allow two steps and in interviews with NBA players last season there was some confusion about the rule‘. Transforming this ‘oversight’ into a rule is against the very nature of basketball and definitely NOT what James Naismith had in mind.

Basketball allows one step only after stopping to dribble. Anything else is traveling.

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Presentation rules

The amount of information on the web is truly awesome. I use Google Reader as my rss reader, and I have 3 dozens of subscriptions. I had 2 exams this week, MBA requires some effort, and it’s been several days since I read posts.
You won’t believe how many new posts I had – over 200!! I’m really starting to appreciate all those RSS readers, like google – they can save you time by showing all your subscriptions in one place. Thanks!

I read through some of my subscriptions and found posts about presentations – how to make a successful presentation, where to find good pictures, the rules – a lot of info.
I have a presentation coming up this Sunday, and I decided to put to the test some of these tips, and start with the pictures tip.

The basic idea is that a presentation should appeal to your emotion. And that your slides should support what you say, not repeat it. Don’t overload your slides with text. The 10/20/30 rule (Guy Kawasaki) says that your presentation should have 10 slides, take 20 minutes and font size of 30 or above. If your slides repeat what you say, the audience doesn’t need you.

So, I’m going to make some adjustments to my presentation and I’ll let you know the outcome next week..

And thanks to Seth’s Blog, Guy Kawasaki and Presentation Zen for their contributions.

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