[At-Large] Presentation Tips

Patricia Esther Akello ekisesta at gmail.com
Sun Jun 21 06:02:44 UTC 2020

Thanks Jonathan For these nice tips.
Fact 2- is actually funny and happens all the time.
Will be waiting for the class .

Kind regards
Esther Patricia Akello

On Sat, 20 Jun 2020 at 17:11, 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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Esther Patricia
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