November 23, 2010

Readings and Analysis.

I Do Declare.

From this article I gathered that the biggest thing that you need to do when making a presentation is keep the audience in mind the WHOLE time. Also, a little personalty always helps things.

  • Show your outline to the audience from the beginning. It's good to let people know what's coming up.
  • If you can't talk that well, then let the visuals do the bulk of your talking.
  • Be unpredictable in your voice and gestures and style.
  • Combine formal language with informal talk. Makes people feel more comfortable.
  • Give the right amount of information at once. Not too much or too little; enough to keep attention, but not overwhelm them.
  • Tell jokes through your visuals. Humor makes people comfortable (the right kind of humor, at least).
  • If you have to read, keep it short. No one has a long attention span for that. Plus, you're messing with their inner voice that's trying to read what you're reading at the same time.
  • Lastly, let your audience know how long your presentation is, and how far you are into it.

Be Selfish

Know your audience.
You don't want to talk down to or talk above your audience. Providing definitions and explanations will help everyone be on the same page.

Verbal and written communications should support each other and not be redundant. People cannot process something read and heard at the same time, so try to get information that complements each other.

Visually Engage your Audience
Keep things simple and legible, and give your audience a system so that they can predict where essential information will show up on each slide.

Use you Audience
Create and outline that focuses on the feedback that you need. Start and conclude with the main points you want to make, and guide the Q&A by listing the points that you want to discuss.

Capture Feedback and Reflect
Notetakers! Got one of those! Also, write a reflection of how you felt it went right afterwards, to keep things from slipping away, and try engaging interesting question-posers in conversation after the presentation.

  • Uses simple graphics, they're not pretty, but they are direct.
  • Short slides, concise but interesting statements that go along with each slide
  • Cute jokes that are relevant to the subject, but they make the audience more comfortable and interested
  • he knows his subject, has technical fact (but they're explained well so that everyone can understand them)
  • he makes personal anecdotes, shows that he's interesting in his subject. very enthusiastic.
  • numbers his points, so you have an idea of where he is in the presentation.

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