Great presentations mean less, not more. Make 'em simple and easy to read, and DON'T TREAT YOUR PRESENTATION AS YOUR SCRIPT. Great presentations aren't made to be read.
Text of Making Great Presentations
MAKING GREAT PRESENTATIONS Ian Lurie @portentint email@example.com
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I WORK ON THE INTERNET
I WORK ON THE INTERNET IM A NERD
I WRITE A LOT SOLD 12 COPIES (10 TO MY MOM)
IVE DONE PRESENTATIONS
LETS TALK ABOUT PRESENTATIONS
LESSON 1: KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE
THE GREAT TREE-TYING CONTROVERSY OF 2008
WHAT DID I JUST DO?
I TOLD A STORY
THATS WHAT PRESENTATIONS DO
HOW THIS WILL GO PLANNING CREATING QUESTIONS?
PRESENTATION = YOUR INFO
THE GOAL PRETTY PHHBBT Apologies to My Little Pony
THE GOAL = MEMORY
PEOPLE REMEMBER STORIES PEOPLE REMEMBER SMALL BITES
WRITE SLIDES REHEARSE TALK
STEP 1 WRITE
WHY = VALUE ON ANYTHING
REALLY really?!!!! you can even take notes on pinkie pie you can even take notes on pinkie pie you can even take notes on pinkie pie you can even take notes on pinkie pie you can even take notes on pinkie pie
WHY HOW WHAT
TELL ME WHY I SHOULD CARE (STORIES WORK REALLY WELL)
THIS IS A LARGE, SEMI-AQUATIC RODENT WITH THICK FUR. yawn
IF YOU LIKE DOG-SIZED RODENTS THAT ALWAYS LOOK COOL, THEN CAPYBARAS ARE FOR YOU. @!#*& yeah.
IM GOING TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE WEIRDEST RODENT YOUVE EVER SEEN. @!#*& yeah.
THE HOW SAY WHAT YOULL SAY SAY WHAT YOURE SAYING SAY WHAT YOU SAID
HERES HOW THIS WILL GO
WHAT = THE FACTS
PUPPIES WHY: THEYRE CUTE HOW THE GOOD THE BAD THE REALLY BAD WHAT 1. TALK ABOUT MY PUPPY 2. THEYRE DUMB 3. BUT THEYRE CUDDLY 4. BUT THEY EAT CAT POO
MAKING THE SLIDES
TAKE WHAT YOU WROTE
GET YOUR FACTS
GET YOUR IMAGES
NOW DO THE SLIDES
CLEAR > FANCY
CLEAN > MESSY
NOT CLEAR. MESSY.
NOT CLEAR. MESSY. LOOKS AWFUL
NOT CLEAR. MESSY. TOO MUCH TO PROCESS
NOT CLEAR. MESSY. Hey, check this out. If you can read all of this, I salute you. This is some painful stuff. This is a presentation that was designed to be read, not heard. While that may be OK if youre writing a report, its not ok when youre creating a presentation. When folks see a slide like this, their brains scream, flip over and run away at top speed. Why? Because our brains respond best when they get to absorb spoken words, emphasized by images or other stuff. Theyre NOT designed to absorb tons of written text on a screen while someone reads that text to them. It causes a total tune-out.
NOT CLEAR. MESSY. And no, adding a random image or two doesnt help, either. This is still really hard to read and it just goes on and on until you cant read any more and your eyes are starting to water and youre sick of looking at pictures and all you want to do is move on to the next class am I right?
SLIDES A REPORT
CLEAR. NOT MESSY. BLEEP
BLEEP LOOKS COOL CLEAR. NOT MESSY.
NOT BROKEN DETAILED BLEEP CLEAR. NOT MESSY.
EASY TO REMEMBER BLEEP CLEAR. NOT MESSY.
EASY TO REMEMBER CLEAR. NOT MESSY.
EVERY TIME YOU USE BULLETS http://upload.wikimedia.org/ wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7d/ 4_Kittens.jpg/ 800px-4_Kittens.jpg
EVERY TIME YOU USE BULLETS http://upload.wikimedia.org/ wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7d/ 4_Kittens.jpg/ 800px-4_Kittens.jpg meep? BULLETS KILL KITTENS 2011 Dave Estment
EVERY TIME YOU USE BULLETS http://upload.wikimedia.org/ wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7d/ 4_Kittens.jpg/ 800px-4_Kittens.jpg meep? ANIMATION KILLS KITTENS 2011 Dave Estment
TIP #5 NO BULLETS (except for lists) noooo From University of Wisconsin-Madison https://academictech.doit.wisc.edu/tags/tags/powerpoint?page=3
1 FACT OR IDEA PER SLIDE (SMALL BITES)
COLORS FOR EMPHASIS
FOR SUPER EMPHASIS VARY TYPE SIZES.
HIGH CONTRAST NOT LOW CONTRAST
VARY SIZES AND SPACING FOR A NICE SQUARE LOOK
VARY SIZES AND SPACING FOR A NICE SQUARE LOOK 1: RIGHT-CLICK 2:
NO SQUIRMING (ITS DISTRACTING)
CUT AND PASTE AND IT WONT MOVE
CUT AND PASTE AND IT WONT MOVE it didnt move right?
JUST MAKE THEM MAKE SENSE.
JUST MAKE THEM MAKE SENSE. k thx bai
THEY SHOULD REINFORCE WHAT YOURE SAYING
DONT LOOK AT THE SLIDES (MUCH)
CHECK HOW LONG IT TAKES
THOSE PRESENTATION ANIMALS?
image search, then
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PLAN CREATE PRACTICE
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