Anything/body you can bring with you!
Chalk board, walls+posters, sticky walls, OHP+view-foils, screen,
projectors, flip-charts, DVD players,
people, . . . , even computers and the internet.
Start plan by thinking about: the Audience + your objective + the equipment + your prefered styles.
Look for: opportunities, strengths, resources, weaknesses, threats.
Slides and Powerpoint
First Plan the presentation, then write the deliverable, then illustrate it, then edit without mercy, then convert the facts and simplified key illustrations into slides and think up the spoken stuff: stories, analogies, and metaphors.
Movement: Don't animate -- unless it is special, meaningful, or to get attention.
A Good Structure:
Design: Choose the right layout, line, scale, color, movement, and timing.
Good Layouts: Heading and simple diagram, Heading + 4 or 5 bullets... Empty space. NO PARAGRAPHS.
Bullet points: aim for sentences rather than keywords.
Paragraph? Long Text? Make a handout. Share the reading.
Mix layouts. Avoid "machine gun" bullets.
Scale and Color
Big is seen as most important.
Minimum font 16pt, San Serif.
Big text is better than small. Big hall->big text.
Color: moods and style rather than content.
Careful: foreground must contrast background.
Check lighting in room.
Put your name in lights
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The Twenty Minute Law
If you don't change pace, style, process every 20 minutes
your audience will be asleep.
Check: Jargon. Spelling. Grammar. Technology.
Check room out before hand: systems and visibility.
Avoid laser pointer: program a red circle cursor on computer. Use a pen on the OHP.
Practice to be spontaneous
Do NOT read your slides.
Notes? Put key words on cards and "palm them".
Prepare. Test. Dress.
Turn off sleep mode.
Take a few deep breaths.
Look at the audience. Talk to them. SMILE.
Invent ways to find out audience experiences/needs and link to them.
Invent ways to allow/encourage thinking about the data, making plans, doing things.
Share metaphors, stories, & analogies verbally. Show Facts visually.
If you handout notes.... do it last!
You can handout an outline first with space for the audience to write notes.
If you are presenting a long document ... hand out at the best time and try to involve the audience in presenting parts of it.
Walkthroughs and Inspections find errors
You need a document that people have had a chance to see, a way to
project the document, and a way to take notes. Lead people through
the document/artifact and ask what is wrong with it.
Don't defend it or try to persuade people.
Don't fix it: take note, thank, and promise to fix later.
Includes Advice from Desrochers & Cheal CSUN
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Also See Rock The Podium From Wired
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