[At-Large] Presentation Tips

Maureen Hilyard maureen.hilyard at gmail.com
Sat Jun 20 18:54:28 UTC 2020

Great points, Jonathan

BUT you are going to HATE my slide for the welcome which is a list of
ICANN68 sessions I want them to go to (that I am going to talk to), and I'd
even want them to screendump it so that they can refer to it when they are
deciding what they might want to listen into next.

Also, if you can't get to a session, and you don't have the time to
actually listen to the recording, an interesting ppt (or video) without the
audio doesn't tell anyone anything, *unless* the key point of your slide
(minimal words, at least) is also there.


On Sat, Jun 20, 2020 at 4:11 AM Jonathan Zuck <JZuck at innovatorsnetwork.org>

> Folks,
> At the request of “management,” I’m working on a class on PowerPoint and
> how to use it for Presentations, Videos and Course development but it will
> be quite a while before it is finished. In the meantime,  Maureen asked if
> I would simply share some presentation tips so, here are some, in rough
> format. I hope they are helpful. JZ
>    1. *People cannot listen and read at the same time.*
>    Period. Both activities engage the language center of the brain. They
>    will do only one and, more often than not, that's read. If they are reading
>    the same slides you are, then why are you there?
>    2. *Slides should supplement the talk, not the other way around.*
>    The big joke is that during EVERY Zoom meeting, people ask if the
>    slides will be available. It's funny first because the answer is ALWAYS yes
>    but, more importantly, your slides should not be able to stand on their own.
>    3. *People CAN absorb pictures and listen at the same time*
>    Looking and listening engage different, complimentary, parts of the
>    brain. The best analogy for a good presentation is a documentary film. They
>    generally have narration and visuals. Imagine if Ken Burn's documentary
>    about the American Civil War was a series of PowerPoints with titles and
>    bullets!
>    1.
> *Only pictures and punchlines *
>    2.
> *6 words or LESS *
>    3. *Bring People Back*
>    Ideally, people spend more time looking at you than your slides. This
>    is harder in the virtual world, for sure, especially if there's no video,
>    but consider a blank slide or a picture of yourself as you explain
>    something. Tell people to close their eyes, even!
>    4. *Turn sentences into pictures and punchlines*
>    In other words, edit down sentences to the bare minimum to be
>    understood, make numbers Arabic instead of text and make them bigger and
>    different colors than the text. A sentence like “Research shows that
>    ninety-five percent of applications for community priority evaluation
>    failed to gain approval,” could be represented on a slide as
>    [image: A close up of a sign Description automatically generated]
>    5. *Notes in Notes Section*
>    If you wish to include explanations in your slide deck, do it in the
>    notes section. Then they are there for you to use and EVEN available to
>    share by making a PDF of the Notes View, instead of the slide view! Another
>    benefit of putting what you plan to say iin the Notes is that you can often
>    share them with the interpreters in advance.
>    6.
> *Rehearse It’s the only way you’ll ever know how long your presentation is
>    becoming or whether you’re going to stumble over a particular phrase or
>    simply be at a loss for words. You can use the “Rehearse Timing,” feature
>    under the Slide Show  menu.*
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