Friday, October 12, 2012

How to create and deliver memorable presentations

Ideas from workshop by Tara Fagan (CORE Education) at Ulearn

1. Planning

This is an essential part to any presentation - brainstorming ideas, (the presenters use stickies), distilling these ideas into key points and grouping them together. Then thinking about the stickability of ideas - certain considerations in presentations enable people to be able to
Unexpectedness - the surprise aspect
Concreteness - solid ideas
Simplicity in design and information
Through telling a story - there's a voice to be heard and a story to tell

Then also thinking about handouts to accompany the presentation, plus considering contingencies regarding internet reliability.

2. Design of slides

- Keeping things simple
- Providing contrast (split screens/ colour contrasts/ the big and the small as a contrast/ then & now contrasts/ trapped & free/ a bit of humour/ greying out images and highlighting the key image).
- Using quotes "Anyone has never made a mistake has never tried anything new" Albert Einstein
- Allow for direct observation (not too much information/ summarise the key points and talk in the detail).
- Statistics can be brought alive with gapminder amazing example of this on you tube
- Transitions, either none at all or using a simple one consistently
-  Clever use of visuals, like thinking about a visual for partnership being more than two guys shaking hands, but being things like "salt & pepper", two old people together, a kid and their pet etc. Rule of thirds for visuals. Using the picture as a background with using 2/3rd space for simple text.

3. Delivery

- Practice your delivery, out loud, possibly use a video camera to record yourself and see what it looks like.
- Exercise or get some fresh air before the delivery to clear your mind
- Think about what you are wearing and the message you are sending through what you wear
- Get to the room early and check layout and get a sense of the space and check everything works (internet etc)
- Think about where to stand, having an open space in front of the audience, facing the audience using your own computer screen  as a prompt not talking to the
- always act confident
- start on time, finish on time (or early to leave time for conversations)
- have fun
- leave the audience wanting more.

Final considerations

- colour matching fonts with colours from images
- take your own photos or use creative commons photos
- for powerpoint, format, slide background to make a picture the background slide
- use a remote clicker
- google presentations allows for collaborative presentation making and you can search within it for images

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