Better Presentations

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The slideshows I upload to Slideshare for revision purposes are usually too wordy and full of bullet points – but they have to be because the information you need to take notes or do more research has to be included.

When you produce a presentation for a live audience, however, different rules should apply. Inspired by Presentation Zen, I created the above presentation for myself as much as anything, to remind myself not to bore you all to death in class quite so much (think of it as my new year resolution, made several months ago). I think most teachers are guilty of creating dull presentations, but the truth is that the problem goes beyond education. I think there are more bad ones out there in the world than good. When I worked in marketing, I don’t remember a sales rep ever arriving at the office with an interesting Powerpoint. I refused to watch any of them in the end!

If teachers are guilty of producing bad presentations, then students can be even worse, creating slides with waaaay too much text which they then proceed to read from the screen. They can be forgiven for this, because they rarely see any good examples.

If you follow the advice in the presentation above, you will impress your audiences much more – though you will have to know/rehearse what you’re going to say, because reading it from the screen is not an option.

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