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      Write down the worst thing you've ever seen a presenter do!


      You can use just about everything and anybody in the room.

      Plus anything or anybody you can bring with you!

      Chalk board, walls+posters, OHP+view-foils, screen, projector, flip-charts, people, . . .

      Start plan by defining: Audience + objective + equipment + you

      Look for: opportunities, weaknesses, threats, strengths.


      The classic Brittish army structure works:
      1. tell them what you a going to do,
      2. tell them,
      3. tell them what you told them.


      1. First plan,
      2. then write,
      3. then illustrate,
      4. and finally edit without mercy.

      . . . . . . . . . ( end of section Process) <<Contents | End>>


        This sections is available at [ presentation.slides.ppt ] as a Power Point slide show. However you don't have to use Power Point.

        Basic slidemanship

        DO NOT do the slides first. Do them last.

        Slides are for facts. Use sound to tell stories.

        Movement: Don't animate it -- unless it is special, meaningful, or to get attention.

        Design: Choose the right layout, line, scale, color, movement, and timing.


        Good Layouts:
        • Heading and picture,
        • bar graph,
        • Simple Chart with heading
        • Simple table with heading
        • Heading and formula
        • 4 or 5 bullets...

        Empty space is good.

        Bullet points: aim for sentences rather than keywords.

        Formulae are OK:

      1. attention = α * exp (-β * time ).

        Paragraph? Long Text? Not on a slide. Instead make a handout. Share the reading.

        NO PARAGRAPHS. -- exception for quotations.

        Mix layouts. Avoid "machine gun" bullets.

        Scale and Color

        Big is seen as most important. Make important bigger.

        Minimum font 16pt, San Serif.

        Big text is better than small. Big hall->big text.

        Color: are best for moods and style rather than content.

        Careful: foreground must contrast background.

        Check lighting in room.

        Put your name in lights

      . . . . . . . . . ( end of section Slides) <<Contents | End>>

      The Twenty Minute Law

      If you don't change pace, style, process every 20 minutes your audience will be asleep.

      Check -- Jargon. Spelling. Grammar. Timing. Technology.

      Check room out before hand: systems and visibility.

      Avoid laser pointers: program a red circle cursor on computer. Use a pen on an OHP slide.


      Plan B

      Just In Case...

      Practice to be spontaneous

      Do NOT read your slides.

      Notes? Put key words on cards and "palm them".

      Prepare. Test. Dress.

      Audience Involvement

      Eye contact: 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.

      Just before you start

      Turn off sleep mode.

      Take a few deep breaths.


      You should be able to hear the echo of your voice in the room.

      Use voice to share metaphors, stories, & analogies. 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.

      Includes Advice from Desrochers & Cheal CSUN

      [ 1146_Desrochers_Cheal.html ]

    . . . . . . . . . ( end of section Presentations) <<Contents | End>>


  1. TBA::="To Be Announced", something I have to do.
  2. TBD::="To Be Done", something for you to do.
  3. CSE::="Computer Science and Engineering Department at CSUSB".