&871/ Business Quotes: 66 Slides to Steal From

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Welcome, 2011! It's January 2 and we still have a few restful and calm days left to clean up, pile up, and put away: Almost a year ago I decided to illustrate a growing number of business quotations rusting on my local harddrive and toss them out onto SlideShare.

3 quotes per month, 12 quotes per quarter. Planned to be decks of raw material--not elaborate presentations--one slide for the quote plus one slide for a photographylization, I ended up with 66 slides to steal from in November.

What really took me by surprise was your interest in those decks.

Whereas some of them went by almost unnoticed, July, August, and September were featured on the SlideShare homepage by the editorial team. Nominating the September issue for the World's Best Presentation Contest '10, and keeping it on page 1 amongst a growing number of more than 1800 shows from 1400 contestants up into the final, made it my most viewed deck ever with almost 34200 views as of this writing. Within ony 2 months.

So here comes November. Being featured amongst the 3 Top Presentations of the Day from December 17 to December 21 on SlideShare, it already has more than 14200 views two weeks later ;)

[Update January 4, 2011 4:29 AM: I seem to be onto something. Being featured amongst the 3 Top Presentations of the Day again--this time with the December issue.]

"Just how do I design if not with prototyping? An excellent question. The short answer is on paper."
- Alan Cooper

32. "The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said." Peter Drucker

31. "We are currently not planning on conquering the world." Sergey Brin

30. "Basically, our goal is to organize the world's information and to make it universally accessible and useful." Larry Page in Businessweek, March 13, 2001

29. "If I hold you any closer, I'll be in back of you." Groucho Marx as Dr. Hackenbush

28. "Nine women can't have a baby in one month, no matter how closely they coordinate their work." Seth Godin A saying that has been around since the ice age

27. "Opportunity is missed by most because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work." Thomas Edison

26. "IT is not comparable to a fully sequential engineering system in which deliverables result from planning, designing, building, testing, reworking, retesting, and finalizing." Mark D. Lutchen

25. "Do not believe that it is very much of an advance to do the unnecessary three times as fast." Peter Drucker

24. "One has to do something new in order to see something new." Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

23. "Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution." Clay Shirky

22. "A line is a dot that went for a walk." Paul Klee

21. "The term 'social networking' makes little sense if we leave out the objects that mediate the ties between people. [...] The fallacy is to think that social networks are just made up of people." Jyri Engeström

20. "Innovation is not about saying yes to everything. It's about saying NO to all but the most crucial features." Steve Jobs

19. "The long silence - the interruption of the human conversation -- is coming to an end. On the Internet, markets are getting more connected and more powerfully vocal every day." The Cluetrain Manifesto

18. "Rather be dead than cool." Kurt Cobain

17. "These are issues that we are going to have to address, because they are significant." Ben Bernanke

16. "One finds limits by pushing them." Herbert Simon

15. "If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin." Ivan Turgenev

14. "I spent 90% of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted" George Best

13. "[...] a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it." Herbert Simon

12. "Eighty percent of success is showing up." Woody Allen

11. "Complexity that works is built up out of modules that work perfectly, layered one over the other." Kevin Kelly

10. "A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five." Groucho Marx

9. "I apologize for writing you a long letter but I didn't have time to write you a short one." Blaise Pascal

8. "Fail early to succeed sooner." Matt Hunter, Product Development, IDEO

7. "Implement solutions, not features." John Geleynse, Software Technology Evangelism, Apple

6. "Don't open a shop unless you like to smile." Chinese Proverb

5. "The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible." David Ogilvy

4. "Before I speak, I have something important to say." Groucho Marx

3. "Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future." Niels Bohr

2. "If I'd asked my customers what they wanted, they'd have said a faster horse." Henry Ford

1. "Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it's decoration." Jeffrey Zeldman

Thank you all for your interest, favorites, comments, downloads, and contest votes in 2010. Pls keep them up in 2011 and view the presentation!

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