Great presentations mean less, not more. Make 'em simple and easy to read, and DON'T TREAT YOUR PRESENTATION AS YOUR SCRIPT. Great presentations aren't made to be read.
MAKING GREAT PRESENTATIONS Ian Lurie @portentint firstname.lastname@example.org This + links at http://portent.co/wsaslides THEIR DAD I WORK ON THE INTERNET I WORK ON THE INTERNET IM A NERD I WRITE A LOT SOLD 12 COPIES (10 TO MY MOM) IVE DONE PRESENTATIONS LETS TALK ABOUT PRESENTATIONS LESSON 1: KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE THE GREAT TREE-TYING CONTROVERSY OF 2008 WHAT DID I JUST DO? I TOLD A STORY THATS WHAT PRESENTATIONS DO HOW THIS WILL GO PLANNING CREATING QUESTIONS? PLANNING PRESENTATION SLIDES PRESENTATION = YOUR INFO THE GOAL PRETTY PHHBBT Apologies to My Little Pony THE GOAL = MEMORY PEOPLE REMEMBER STORIES PEOPLE REMEMBER SMALL BITES WRITE SLIDES REHEARSE TALK STEP 1 WRITE WHY = VALUE ON ANYTHING REALLY really?!!!! you can even take notes on pinkie pie you can even take notes on pinkie pie you can even take notes on pinkie pie you can even take notes on pinkie pie you can even take notes on pinkie pie WHY HOW WHAT TELL ME WHY I SHOULD CARE (STORIES WORK REALLY WELL) THIS IS A LARGE, SEMI-AQUATIC RODENT WITH THICK FUR. yawn IF YOU LIKE DOG-SIZED RODENTS THAT ALWAYS LOOK COOL, THEN CAPYBARAS ARE FOR YOU. @!#*& yeah. IM GOING TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE WEIRDEST RODENT YOUVE EVER SEEN. @!#*& yeah. THE HOW SAY WHAT YOULL SAY SAY WHAT YOURE SAYING SAY WHAT YOU SAID HERES HOW THIS WILL GO WHAT = THE FACTS PUPPIES WHY: THEYRE CUTE HOW THE GOOD THE BAD THE REALLY BAD WHAT 1. TALK ABOUT MY PUPPY 2. THEYRE DUMB 3. BUT THEYRE CUDDLY 4. BUT THEY EAT CAT POO MAKING THE SLIDES TAKE WHAT YOU WROTE GET YOUR FACTS GET YOUR IMAGES NOW DO THE SLIDES CLEAR > FANCY CLEAN > MESSY NOT CLEAR. MESSY. NOT CLEAR. MESSY. LOOKS AWFUL NOT CLEAR. MESSY. TOO MUCH TO PROCESS NOT CLEAR. MESSY. Hey, check this out. If you can read all of this, I salute you. This is some painful stuff. This is a presentation that was designed to be read, not heard. While that may be OK if youre writing a report, its not ok when youre creating a presentation. When folks see a slide like this, their brains scream, flip over and run away at top speed. Why? Because our brains respond best when they get to absorb spoken words, emphasized by images or other stuff. Theyre NOT designed to absorb tons of written text on a screen while someone reads that text to them. It causes a total tune-out. NOT CLEAR. MESSY. And no, adding a random image or two doesnt help, either. This is still really hard to read and it just goes on and on until you cant read any more and your eyes are starting to water and youre sick of looking at pictures and all you want to do is move on to the next class am I right? SLIDES A REPORT CLEAR. NOT MESSY. BLEEP BLEEP LOOKS COOL CLEAR. NOT MESSY. NOT BROKEN DETAILED BLEEP CLEAR. NOT MESSY. EASY TO REMEMBER BLEEP CLEAR. NOT MESSY. EASY TO REMEMBER CLEAR. NOT MESSY. NO BULLETS EVERY TIME YOU USE BULLETS http://upload.wikimedia.org/ wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7d/ 4_Kittens.jpg/ 800px-4_Kittens.jpg EVERY TIME YOU USE BULLETS http://upload.wikimedia.org/ wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7d/ 4_Kittens.jpg/ 800px-4_Kittens.jpg meep? BULLETS KILL KITTENS 2011 Dave Estment EVERY TIME YOU USE BULLETS http://upload.wikimedia.org/ wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7d/ 4_Kittens.jpg/ 800px-4_Kittens.jpg meep? ANIMATION KILLS KITTENS 2011 Dave Estment TIP #5 NO BULLETS (except for lists) noooo From University of Wisconsin-Madison https://academictech.doit.wisc.edu/tags/tags/powerpoint?page=3 1 FACT OR IDEA PER SLIDE (SMALL BITES) 32+ PT COLORS FOR EMPHASIS FOR SUPER EMPHASIS VARY TYPE SIZES. HIGH CONTRAST NOT LOW CONTRAST VARY SIZES AND SPACING FOR A NICE SQUARE LOOK VARY SIZES AND SPACING FOR A NICE SQUARE LOOK 1: RIGHT-CLICK 2: 3: NO WIGGLING NO SQUIRMING (ITS DISTRACTING) CUT AND PASTE AND IT WONT MOVE CUT AND PASTE AND IT WONT MOVE it didnt move right? PICTURES? SURE. JUST MAKE THEM MAKE SENSE. JUST MAKE THEM MAKE SENSE. k thx bai THEY SHOULD REINFORCE WHAT YOURE SAYING PRACTICE DONT LOOK AT THE SLIDES (MUCH) CHECK HOW LONG IT TAKES THOSE PRESENTATION ANIMALS? image search, then free to use or share wuv you PLAN CREATE PRACTICE TAKE A BOW IAN IAN@PORTENT.COM This + links at http://portent.co/wsaslides