Two small tips for your presentation

My two killer advice for your presentation:

1) Have your laptop on the floor at the edge of the stage, not on the podium where the crew want you to put it. Then you can have a look at the preview screen while looking at the audience. Much better. Most presenters turn their back to the screen way to often. Don’t show your back (or ass!) unless there’s a reason. Look at your audience, not the screen behind you.

2) Move around. Don’t stand parked at one side. Our brains are not made for static. Stand on one side of the stage at one part of the presentation, on the other side later. It’s like with your brain: You need different stimulation, not just one side. Add a black slide once in while, and go the stage front, and talk to row 4. Or 7. Just that row. For 30 seconds. Move over to the left side and make the nest slide slide out from where you stand. And so on. Think 3 dimensions.


Logitech 2.4 GHz Cordless Presenter – buy at Amazon
Picture by Eirik Solheim – buy picture here

And the remote above is WAY better than enything else out there. If you do presentations, you need it. Period.

Posted here after first submitting it as a comment at Eirikso.

Most read at Kampanje

Kampanje (=”campaign”) is the leading Norwegian mag for people who works with tv, radio, advertising, media, marketing and communication. Kampanje has a monthly (paper) magazine and a website with daily news. Last week they covered my presentation at “Medievaner 07”. Today a friend of mine tipped me that the article was the most read at last week (24. to 29. September).


Medievaner 07

I did a presentation at “Medievaner 07”, Aker Brygge, Oslo 20. september 2007. My presentation was called “What’s hot, what’s next and why?” (lol).

Connected changes everything

My main point is this: Young people today are connected with so many people through different channels, that disconnecting their network would be almost like cutting off an arm. Their network is bigger than their parents, it’s more diverse, it’s more advanced and most important of all: It’s amazingly fast.

Young people using IM, Facebook,, Flickr etc. find their answers in their networks. If I have a problem, I pose it to my network, and I get answers, links, suggestions and clues back, and the quality is top notch.

If you don’t realize this, you lose. It’s playing a game where you think the other team has 11 players, but it has infact 2 200 players. If you’re not convinced, type “Oyvind says being connected changes the world just as much as rock’n roll did” in your calender – say – 10 years from now.

Also: Chime out in the comments below! I’d love to hear why you think this is wrong, stupid, thoughtful or brilliant. My contact data is to the right if you think this is interesting for your company or organisation.

Here’s my presentation, hosted at You can download it as a pdf at the page at slideshare.

Media coverage

Norwegian media magazine Kampanje has an online article today called “Facebook-hypen er ikke over”:

– Jeg mener de sosiale nettverksamfunnene på internett er den største sosiale og kulturelle endringen i vårt samfunn siden rockens inntog, sier Solstad.

Being social

Also check out this long and interesting read at, called “Social Networking: A Time Waster Or The Next Big Thing In Collaboration?”

The trick for businesspeople interested in using social networks and for IT departments that need to monitor and manage access to them is to steer clear of the time-wasting stuff while leveraging the collaborative potential.


Teens and undergrads started the social networking trend; now business professionals and IT pros are coming up to speed. The pitfalls are obvious and mostly avoidable, while the benefits remain largely unexplored by most companies. Curious to know more? Knowledgeable peers are only a few clicks away.

They certainly are. Check out what happened to me this morning (in Norwegian).

The future of shopping

I did a presentation in Tønsberg last week. I’m not going to put up the whole presentation here. But instead I would like to put up a few pictures and links I’ve found the last weeks. First up is Aftenposten (Norwegian) who wrote about a new book by Jesper Bo Jensen called “Future Consumer Tendencies and Shopping Behavior”. Jensen thinks that people in the near future not will use material goods to show their wealth.

Tid: Afkobling, have tiden til sin egen rådighed
Opmærksomhed: En luksus at være massemedie-fri – at kunne være fuldt sammen med et andet menneske
Rum og plads: Udfoldelse, der hvor ingen andre kommer, væk fra bilkøer, monkey-class, forsimple sin bolig
Fred og ro: Fravær af larm og støj
Natur og renhed: Ren luft, rent vand, mad uden gift
Sikkerhed: Fuldkommen tryghed er en ny luksus – næsten alle steder er risikobetonede

In English (my translation):

Time: Relaxing, to decide over your own time
Attention: A luxury to be free from massmedia, to be with another human being 100%
Room and space: To be where no one else comes, away from traffic, monkey-class, simplify your home
Peace and quiet: No noise
Nature: Clean air, fresh water, food without toxics
Safety: 100% safety is the new luxury, almost all places involves risk

Have a look at his presentations, where you’ll find lots of interesting statistics on the new luxury, like this graphic called “The new phases of life”:

The new phases of life

The new phases of life – Slide by Jesper Bo Jensen

Future homes

The National Association of Home Builders did a study to find out what our houses will be like in 2015. Washington Post reports:

“The formal living space isn’t as important,” said Andy Rosenthal, president of Rosenthal Homes in Potomac. “As a baby boomer, when we grew up, we all had living rooms, but we weren’t allowed in there. Now we don’t want living rooms because we weren’t allowed in there anyway.”

Local builders did agree with the survey’s findings that “green” methods will become more widespread. The builders association predicts that the home of the future will have water conservation devices and energy-efficient appliances, among other features. “The cost of energy is going to continue to rise,” Paul said. “It will encourage essentially green building and efficient building.”

Women rule

I showed this graphic at the presentation, with numbers from Tom Peters (click to enlarge):

Women rule

It shows that women make all the most important economic decisions in a family. And my point was: Pay attention to your female customers, or you will loose lots of money! I have studied couples shopping tvs and games, records and movies, toys, clothes and kitchen stuff at a local mall, and could easily see that both male and female sales people paid more attention to what the male said, than to the female. Even in Norway, where women are more liberated than any other country in the world. “Dine Penger”, a Norwegian monthly on personal economics, ran this in their September 2007 edition (click to enlarge):

Dine Penger

Women rule…

The shopping experience

I also made a point about shops have to understand that experience is becoming more and more important for shoppers. If your shop looks like thrash, well… My example was the highly successful Apple Retail Stores, and also Amoeba Music – which looks very basic, but has an amazing selection and staff that know just about anything about music.

A clips that shows this trend, from Aftenposten again, about BMW’s amazing new store in Germany – BMW Welt:

BMW Welt

Picking up your new BMW is almost as important as owning it. BMW makes it a big experience, and people love it.

Expect the unexpected

Finally a Ludwig Wittgenstein qoute, which I got in a paper from one of the fonds I invest in, Skagen Fondene.

Ludwig Wittenstein

Which proves a point in itself: I’m certain I would not have qouted a Skagene newspaper if all they did write about was funds and investments. But when they try to see out of their usual circle, it gets interesting.

Also on the subject of predicting the future: Read the excellent book The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. A real eye opener if you think youcan predict everything.

And finally; this one from Wired Magazine, the September 2007 edition:

Today’s fiction

40 degrees and hungry

The people who saw my presentation were dead tired after six hours at the golf course. The dinner was waiting, and the room was 40+ degrees Celcius. Not the perfect conditions for a presentation. But I got some nice feedback afterwards, and some angry looks from record and movie executives. 😉

Motion 07 – my presentation

Motion 07 is finished, and what a great conference it was. Great content, great speakers, and lots of interesting people to talk to. Loved it. The conference has got lots of feedback too, and here’s their “sum-it-up” post (in Norwegian).

I did a presentation on “NRK in new media”, and here it is, hosted at slideshare. Watch out for pink underwear.

I have added links to all videos I showed in the presentation. Just click the link and you’ll get the video from youtube. Also, all pictures I have used under a CC-licence are linked to. Click the lower left corner. Pictures without a link are my own, like the tiger, the luggage tag and the ladybug. Feel free to ask questions in the comments field below, in English or Norwegian.

Some relevant links

Here are some relevant links to things covered during my presentation and in the conference.

Books mentioned:
Nassim Nicholas Taleb: “The Black Swan”
Kevin Keller: “Marketing Management”
Malcolm Gladwell: “The Tipping Point”

Seth Godin’s excellent blog on marketing:

Nine Inch Nails, who let their fans remix their albums instead of suing them.

The Motion conference website:

The Motion conference Facebook group. Join!

My pre-conference post: “Motion 07 – where arts meet business”


Some the questions I got after the presentation and later in the conference.

Q: Do you think traditional TV is in trouble?
I think people will use the net more and more and traditional tv will be less important in the future than it is now. Statistics show that young people spend less time watching tv than ever. And I think the numbers are lying too. Because if you watch them while they are watching tv, they aren’t really watching most of the time. The tv is just on as a companion. The TV is on, they chat, SMS, surf and listen to music. And the web is the number one source for information and entertainment, not the tv.

TV will not die. Just as radio didn’t die when tv came, and movies didn’t die when video recorders came.

Q: How are people going to make money, if people think content should be free?
If you look at slide 63 & 64 on my presentation, you’ll see that NRK got more viewers on the last episode of “Kodenavn: Hunter” when we gave away the last episode in HD on the web. But NRK didn’t give away all episodes. I think a combination of free and paid is the right thing to do. The artist Prince “gave” away millions of copies of his latest album with an English newspaper some weeks ago. Well, he got paid quite a bit, but probably not as much a he would have earned if people had to buy the album. Maybe as much as 2.3 million copies were included with the paper, and the music shops in Great Britain did not like this at all:

“It is an insult to all those record stores who have supported Prince throughout his career. It is yet another example of the damaging covermount culture which is destroying any perception of value around recorded music.”

The newspaper responded this way:

“They are living in the old days and haven’t developed their businesses sufficiently. We can enhance their business. They are being incredibly insular and need to move their business on.”

Exactly. Find new models to gain buzz and PR. Prince gave away something for free, got lots of PR and sold out lots of concerts in Great Britain. The record shops need to adapt their business to the new world.

Q: We’re a small classic orchestra. How do we get our stuff on the web?
Apart from a website (obviously), you should try broadcasting yourself using new tools for live video on the web. And put of clips on sites like YouTube and Brightcove for your fans. Taking care of your fans is always number one for musicians. Rock band Marillion put the names of 17 000 (!) fans on a CD, just to say “Thank you for your support!”.

Marbles was released in 2004 with a 2-CD version that is only available at Marillion’s website – kind of a ‘thank-you’ gesture to the 17,000+ fans who pre-ordered it, and as even a further thanks to the fans, their names were credited in the sleeve notes (this ‘thank you’ to the fans also occurred with the previous album, Anoraknophobia). The band released the singles You’re Gone and Don’t Hurt Yourself, both of which reached the UK Chart in the Top 10 and Top 20 respectively, thanks again to the fans. Following this, they released a download-only single, The Damage (live), recorded at the band’s sell-out gig at the London Astoria. It was the highest new entry in the new UK download chart at number 2.

Get yourself a website. Let people comment on things, and update it regularly. Get an account on YouTube and start posting some of your stuff there. MySpace has been huge for some bands, but it’s a very strange system. It’s hard to make things look the way you want.

Have a look at the “Eventcasting” article (in Norwegian) at NRKbeta. It shows some ways you can broadcast live from the web for free. Maybe you could have lots of fans, they just don’t live where you do! Some of the tools mentioned:

All these are free.

Q: What software do you use for your presentations?
Apple’s Keynote ’08, which is part of the iWork ’08 software package. And a simple principle: KISS.

Q: Heard any great electronica lately?
Yes, I have! I always find great stuff at Amie Street. In their “Buzz” section – Electronica you’ll find what’s hot at Amie Street right now. Amie Street has a cool way of shopping music. When tracks are put on the site, they are free. Yes, free. Then the price go up when people buy it. If it’s popular, that price gets all the way up to 98 cents. If not, well – then it stays free or cheap. So if you want to search the new tracks, you could find lots of great electronice – for free – in the Electronica – latest section where most songs are free or just a few cents.

If you download one of these – and like it – you can recommend it to others. When the price goes up, you get the difference. Example: You buy a song for 3 cents. You like it, and recommend it on Amie Street. It’s popular so it goes up to 78 cents. You earn 75 cents which can buy you more great tracks. Clever?

Also: Have a look at, where they put up the most popular electronica track downloaded every day. Some crap but also some really good ones!

Forgot anything?

I know there was some more questions after the presentation. I you can’t find yours here – or have another one – feel free to use the comments below! Or contact me in other ways. All mye details to the right here.

Motion 07 – where arts meet business

Motion - where arts meet business

I’m speaking at Motion – where arts meets business, in Kristiansand, Norway wednesday 29. August 2007. The speaker list is packed with interesting people: Program in Norwegianprogram in English.

I really look forward to hear talented people like Kevin Keller

Kevin Keller - Strategic Brand Management

Professor Keller is acknowledged as one of the international leaders in the study of brands, branding, and strategic brand management. Actively involved with industry, he has worked on a host of different types of marketing projects. He has served as brand confidant to marketers for some of the world’s most successful brands, including American Express, Disney, Ford, Intel, Levi Strauss, Procter & Gamble, and Starbucks.

Chris Burns, head of 2D…

Chris Head - about fx on “World Trade Center” movie

His speech at Motion´07 is an overview of the invisible visual effects in Oliver Stone’s ‘World Trade Center’. Covering how Double Negative tackled the sensitive subject of recreating iconic buildings and one of the most documented disasters of all time. It was important to the film-makers that the visual effects look photorealistic, it would have been insensitive if the effects distracted from the story. The talk will cover how they balance this need for photoreal invisible effects with a budget and time constraints and how the relationship with the studio and producers allow them to work towards a common goal.

…and the brilliant Norwegian designers Simen Staalnacke og Peder Børresen of moods of Norway:

moods of Norway

Little moods of norway has been doing the hibbedy-dibbedy on the international fashion dance floor for barely 4 years now. Moods of norway started in Honolulu, Hawaii as an after party idea between the two designers Simen Staalnacke and Peder Børresen. After finishing their studies in Australia and Hawaii, a night of sizzling cocktails resulted in the concept, moods of norway. When returning to the country known for polar bears an expensive gasoline, the duo drew their lines for the coming collections. The brand has it’s headquarters and showroom in the town of Stryn (population 5750), a place known for glaciers, salmon fishing and one newly opened escalator.

What is Motion?

The conference describes itself like this:

The main topic for Motion 07 is business development within the creative industries. Both in Scandinavia and internationally, culture and experience-based industries are experiencing a formidable growth right now. In addition, the experience-based element is becoming more and more important for product development and innovation within traditional industries.

My presentation

I will put up my presentation slides here after the conference. Feel free to contact me at Motion 07 for questions!

The presentation is now up.

About the logo

The logo in the upper right corner, is part of the first letter in my name. It’s Ø – a letter used only three places in the world; Norway, Denmark and the Faroe Islands. Wikipedia says…

The vowel is not to be confused with the slashed zero.

I always write my name Oyvind online, as most people wouldn’t even know where to find Ø on their keyboards. So on Facebook etc., I’m Oyvind (see next column).

I may try other fonts in the logo later, and experience with the colors. Here’s how it is at the moment:

Oyvind logo

The orange and red colors are from Edvard Munch’s world famous painting “The scream”. Maybe the world’s most famous painting (battling with Mona Lisa), The Scream is referenced in just about all art and culture ever made. Wikipedia has an extensive list if you’re curious.

The Scream

“The Scream” – by Edvard Munch – can be seen at Munch-museet (The Munch Museum) in Oslo.

Munch himself said about “The Scream”:

I was out walking with two friends – the sun began to set – suddenly the sky turned blood red – I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence – there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city – my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety – and I sensed an endless scream passing through nature.

The orange and the red in the logo is picked from the painting. So is the almost black on the headlines and some greens. So that’s my little tip if you want a color scheme for a project, website or product. Steal from the real masters of color. Find a piece of art you really like (I love “The Scream” – it’s an amazing piece of art), put it into Photoshop and sample colors from it. Make a palette. If you’re on OS X, drag the colors to the color palette all apps use, and you’ll be able to use them on the web, in graphic programs, word processing etc.

What do you think?

I wasn’t sure that I needed a logo. But I was playing with Photoshop, and tried out parts of letters for another project. Then I hit the Ø by mistake (I was trying other letters), and the idea was born. The square and “The Scream” colors came later. Opinions welcome in the comments or anywhere else you see me (online and for real).

I just made a BIG mistake at Yamky

Some days ago a friend of mine invited me to Yamky, a social website I didn’t know about.

I’m always interested in social media sites, so I registered and made a profile. I register for just about everything there is out there, to figure out what’s good and what’s not good.

So I entered my gmail info to check which of my OTHER FRIENDS were on Yamky. BUT – I didn’t read the text well enough.

The result: Yamky e-mailed over 800 people an invite in my name! Bad. Bad. Bad.

So for the ones who read my site here: Sorry.

Sorry. Sorry. Sorry.

Big mistake from me.

I never invite people to sites like this, except for a few other friends that are just as interested in stuff like this as I am.



(Kitten by Trang Vuong)

Sorry again.

The worst about this is that it e-mailed people I can’t imagine would use a site like Yamky.

It’s a very bad interface that just sends out so many invites without letting you check off which ones you want and which you don’t want.

And I should had read things better. My intention was never to invite anyone, just check if someone I know already was using Yamky.

🙁 Oyvind

Trends in mobile tv

7. May 2007 I did a presentation at Rose d’Or (also know as the Golden Rose) in Lucerne, Switzerland. It was called “Trends in mobile TV”, and presented at the Grand Casino, Casineum.

The Rose d’Or (or Golden Rose) is a highly prestigious television award, given annually since 1961 at the Festival Rose d’Or in spring each year. Since 2004, the festival has been held in Lucerne, Switzerland. Before the festival was held in Montreux, Switzerland, thus the Golden Rose of Montreux.

(from Wikipedia entry on Rose d’Or)

The festival also had seminars and presentations on different subjects. In 2007 monday was internet day, tuesday mobile day, and wednesday covered “How to create and produce world class entertainment televison?” and “Scripted formats: A new era”.

My presentation

Here’s the presentation I did, hosted at Slideshare:

If you have any comments or question, feel free to ask below. Or contact me directly.

Lucerne travel tips

And finally: Here’s are few tips for Lucerne, two restaurants and a museum. Click the map to read about them.

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Use 20% of your work time for something else than your work

This has always been a rule at Google. And I’m 100% sure that’s why they succeed: Because of all the crazy ideas people get when they don’t have to accomplish anything.

And when I read this article at CNet I was totally convinced Google does the right thing.

There are advantages to the deliberate management structure that Microsoft has put in place, he [Steve Ballmer] said, adding that he isn’t sure anyone has proven “that a random collection of people doing their own thing” has created value. Among Google’s perks, the company is widely known for letting its engineers devote 20 percent of their work time to pet projects.

As in the past, he characterized Google as a one-trick pony, playing down the company’s efforts beyond search.

“They do a lot of cute things,” Ballmer said, to huge laughs from the business students.

Very strange that a person running one of the world’s biggest companies is so narrowminded.