Meet Konstantyn, creator of "The Crisis 101" - 2nd place in the Credit Crisis Contest

December 8, 2008

Konstantyn Spasokukotskiy creator of  "The Crisis 101" won the second prize in SlideShare's Credit Crisis Contest. Here's a little more about him in his own words...

Tell us a little about yourself? Your background, where are you based, what you do for a living? Are you involved in the finance sector?

I use presentations in my daily life. I have extensive technical and business background. And I've got an entrepreneurial bug too.

This award helped me to test my today's ideas and approaches for the future. That is, the recognition added a sustainable value for me. It made me a guy you've heard about - the benchmark indicator criterion. Thus it was instrumental in my quest for higher personal productivity. The special beauty of this particular contest was that the public is on the winning side too. Supposedly you like the info you've seen in my presentation, where else can you find such an unabridged win-win?

I live in Peachtree City, Georgia, USA. I am an entrepreneur by design. My current venture is a company, which brings artificial intelligence to vehicle parking. We automate parking business processes making it less expensive, complex but more reliable. You can find more info on my web site (see my SlideShare profile.)

Do you design a lot of presentations? When and how did you create the presentation for the contest?

I started to use SlideShare a couple of months ago primarily for sharing business presentations (those are hidden from public.) As an entrepreneur and innovator you do a lot of slide ware.

Since I am also involved in a number of social and consulting projects, a couple of related presentations have been published. One presentation was a fit for your contest. I discusseded the ideas with the interest groups before pushing the presentation into e-mail.

The social presentations are created and evolve over a substantial period of time. This one originated in 2007. Presenting to broad public raises quality expectations, so the final cut was made exclusively for the contest. It helped also the primary recipients.

Besides what you've said in your presentation, is there anything else you'd say about the credit crisis? Do you think it has been blown out of proportion or are the doom-sayers right?

There is a lot of stuff in the universe. The question is not what can I tell you, but what do you want to know?

As for your actual question, I don't share the opinion, the talk about the crisis is blown out of proportions. The stress on the adjectives before the word crisis is probably misplaced making the whole less sense. The fundamental problems do exist. And they are not resolved yet.

The crisis is here, but it isn't only in financial terms of banking. It is a common sense crisis first of all. It is a crisis in business practice and may be more than that.

Who are you inspired by when it comes to designing your presentations? Have you been influenced by other presentation styles? (on SlideShare or elsewhere)

Yes. Definitely. I've spent a significant amount of time reviewing SlideShare's knowledge chest for recent trends and presentation approaches. This is the value added I've mentioned earlier. SlideShare helped me to be better and understand more.

I guess, the most influential authors are usual suspects. You can find them on top if searching terms like "PowerPoint presentation". Among the most impressive were "Meet ..." series and the tutorials related with.

What advice would you have for people trying to design great presentations about similar topics? Do you think a different approach was needed given the subject?

Yes. The need is king. Information has to be prepared depending on the question and who asks it. It is true for any topic.

I don't think the winning approach "put less information into an excessive amount of slides" is the ultimate presenter's goal. I think, for now it creates positive restrictions. The approach takes a substantial amount of time and associative mind to illustrate every word. Thus, it forces creative presenters to think about the words and... cut, optimize, concentrate on essentials. The positives are in some better formulated presentation substance. The now popular form creates incentives (a tool) to do that. But since it doesn't do just that, we will face new trends in presentations soon.

I think, we could find beauty in more simplistic or standard backgrounds. In fact, the later is already in progression.

How long have you been using SlideShare? How did you discover it? Any experiences you'd like to share about the site?

I've been using Slideshare for about a quarter. I discovered it because I couldn't send a presentation via e-mail. The size was too big for my service provider. I was excited about your site. It isn't only able to be a storage but provides a platform for an independent presenter. Huge relief. I want more.