In addition to the excellent content, though, his method of presentation was right up my alley. He did what I consider the best thing to do in using slide presentations: he used the slides to initiate discussion rather than regurgitating the points from the slides. Some presenters tend to read their slides and that's their presentation. That gets old really quickly. As well, I remember one time when I was in the Army and giving a briefing to a warrant officer being told that people can either read your slides or listen to you, not do both at the same time. Nate kept his slides clean and simple, usually just a few words or phrases per slide, which allowed him to emphasize his points and guide his discussion of the topic without the listeners getting distracted by a lot of visual noise on the screen. He actually did something really interesting, too, for his final presentation of the weekend (A Software Engineer's Guide to Usability): he had two different slide decks. The first contained his simple slides described above, and the other had more content grouped in bullet points and images. I guess people had complained that the slides didn't make good take-aways (which is probably true, unless you're an extremely thorough note taker) since they were more for guiding the discussion than posting information. I think it was a good tactic. in fact, I actually found myself referring to his "note slides" earlier today when writing up some notes for some of my colleagues.
I know some people don't like this form of presentation. In environments like this weekend, I tend to be a more audio learner, so Nate's presentation style really worked for me. But for people who are more visually oriented and who want to get their information mainly from the screen, that "simple" form of presentation might cause problems. But overall, I'd say his presentations, from my point of view, were among the best there, and actually were among the best I've seen in attending other NFJS events, too.