I really love this video. I hate powerpoint slides that are dull and too wordy. I prefer to use pictures on the powerpoint and talk about them as if in a conversation. If people use wordy power points, they will not grasp the message you are saying. I think using pictures helps people to remember what you're talking about more than words will.
I found this video very informative and useful for future presentations in school and probably work. I think the post it notes idea is a great because it would really force me to condense what I put on my slides. This would help prevent me from reading directly from the slides. I know as the speaker it can be distracting if the audience is constantly focused on the slides instead of you, so it is important that the slides just reinforce what you are saying and not communicating a new idea. Also, I will remember with clients to make a more personal connection in a small amount of time to use a white board rather than slides.
I feel like that the message of this video is so obvious, yet people still decide to make mediocre, boring power points! We all know what it's like to go to class, and sit there wondering why we even showed up. It is not fun watching a boring power point, nor is a good feeling to see people bored throughout a presentation you yourself are making. In order to prevent observers from falling asleep, you need to create an eye catching, interesting presentation without going overboard. You should never read straight off of slides, but let them compliment what you are already saying.
Post by patrickschwaner on Mar 12, 2014 16:02:37 GMT -6
The speaker gave some pretty good advice in this video. Throughout my academic career I've seen slideshow presentations by both teachers and students which were not designed effectively. A slideshow show not be the center of a presentation. Instead it should be used to help make connections and highlight points about what the presenter is saying. As the speaker in this video said, text on a slideshow presentation should take no more than three seconds to read. Also effective use of pictures and graphics can help illustrate the presenter's point and help their presentation stand out to those who are listening.
I actually enjoyed this video and I wish more people would watch it. I always dread presentation days in class because there are always at least two people who are saying verbatim what is on their slides. This is really a pet peeve of mine. It is so much easier to create a simpler presentation that will have a greater impact on your speech. You would think at the college level that people would understand this. It is even worse to have to do a group presentation with people who have this habit. Their section usually brings the entire presentation down, and I have not yet found a way to convince them that less is actually more.
Post by arenee1370 on Mar 14, 2014 18:25:27 GMT -6
I found this video to be very helpful considering I have to present in your using powerpoint presentations throughout the course. It makes so much sense to start with the speech first versus jumping straight into the presentation software. It limits the amount of information that you would like your audience to know. I will definitely try to use these tips when going into my next presentation.
Post by jessweaver on Mar 23, 2014 14:25:44 GMT -6
As a graduate student, I have sat through my fair share of powerpoint presentations. I have seen really good ones, and really bad ones. How I performed in a class, somewhat depended on how the professor taught from a powerpoint. If the powerpoint was just covered with words, it was extremely difficult for me to comprehend the information. The most effective power points are the ones that have the important titles listed on them and allowed room for the student to write down notes, forcing the student to pay attention and take notes during class. The ones that are filled with information sometimes allows students to believe that they can just go back and read the information later, therefore wasting time in class. It is the same for business. Sometimes, business people sit through meetings and presentations for hours and if you want to keep their attention and keep them engaged in your presentation, then you should follow the rules in the video. I love the idea of writing on a sticky note and then transferring that information into the slide. The small size of the sticky note forces you to cut right to the chase and not babble or say unimportant information.
I found this video interesting having done many presentations in school I agree that simplicity in slide presentations is the best way to go. I have sat through presentations where students would literally type everything they were saying on their slides and it made me completely uninterested in their presentation because I could just read the slides myself. I thought it was interesting how she said to write up your slides on post it notes first so that you keep things simple, I had never heard it that way before. If you want people to listen to you when you are giving a presentation then don't put all your information in your slides because if you do then there's no reason for you to be there.
I think its great that companies are actually trying to get away from boring presentations. I know from sitting through some extremely boring presentations that a good one is definitely one that sticks with you. No one likes to sit through a boring slide show with nothing but words on it. Its all about communicating with the audience and keeping them engaged, boring them to death is not going to get it done.
Post by briandavis1 on Apr 9, 2014 12:10:31 GMT -6
making sure the audience is engaged is key in a presentation. After the first 3 mins many individuals lose attention and will not care what a speaker is saying. In order to engage the audience make sure information is relevant and hold common ground between both you and the audience.
I loved this video. I learned early in college that less is more. I always use one or two graphics or just a few words per slide. When slides are too busy or hard to read they point you are trying to make doesn't get across. It also helps you to not look and read off the PowerPoint.
Post by ashleysegalla on Apr 24, 2014 10:26:40 GMT -6
I liked this video. It can definitely help in the rest of my classes, as well as in the business world. It is good to use slides, but they should be created after the speech is prepared. Only put a few things on the slide that are necessary. It is good to put a little information, but not too much. Slides are not supposed to give the presentation for you, they are just used for guidelines so that the speaker knows what they are talking about.
I recall watching a video similar to this one during my undergrad years. I think the worst this to do is sit through a long boring power point presentation where everything the presenter is going to say is already on the screen. I feel like why must they speak at all. Some of them have to speak because they combine so much onto a slide that you cannot read the small font that they are forced to use because of the paragraphs they have chose to incorporate. I believe simple slides with few words and occasional images make for a interesting presentation and causes the audience to have no choice but to pay attention to the speaker to obtain information .
Post by joshuabrungart on May 2, 2014 17:20:46 GMT -6
I think this video has good and useful information as we have all done presentations throughout the course of our college education. I have always prepared my presentations with their #2 rule of preparing what you are going to say in your presentation before you prepare your slide show. I think this makes your presentation flow better and the slides just accent what you are saying.
Post by paigecrawford on May 5, 2014 21:12:12 GMT -6
Great advice. When creating a slide show it is important that you make the slide show based on what you want to say. It is not there to guide you, but it is there as a visual aid for the audience. I like How she said your audience should get the idea in 3 seconds. I have always tried to keep my slide shows simple but after watching this video I will try to apply her points given.
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