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The art of Presentation - Beyond the Bullet Points

Akira Kamiya

Some Practical Tips - Distilled from about 5 sources...

1. Remember your slides are not your script. Your slides support your script
2. Be concise but don't edit down to the point of meaninglessness
3. Don't try to make them documents, that's what your handouts are for!
4. Write your script for your talking voice not your writer's voice
5. More than 25 words of text?  Maybe that’s a document
6. San Serif fonts are easier to read on screen, avoid italics
7. Get a hold of a good projector, new projectors are brighter and sharper
8. Work in Slide Sorter View to get the big picture
9. Create in Analog… Post Its or pen and paper.  Qty over quality to start
10. Think of the viewers visual image channel


Using PowerPoint Presenter View - How To (Windows)


Model Presentations

Larry Lessig - Laws that Choke Creativity
A good example of how tight synchronization of slide to speech can over come the issue of using a lot of text on a slide.

Presentation Zen listing of exemplary TED presentations
Great Selection Exceptional TED Presentations here

Other great examples are:

Steve Jobs: 2007 MacWorld Conference Keynote
Watch part on iPhone, well done.

Al Gore: an inconvenient truth DVD
see trailer Please see the whole film if you haven't yet. Of course, its content is so important, but also watch him take what is essentially a PowerPoint presentation and make it riveting.



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