Showing posts with label presentation advice. Show all posts
Showing posts with label presentation advice. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Thanks to Ken Shelton My Slides Have Improved

Ken Shelton surrounded by
kids after his NCTIES keynote.
I have given dozens of presentations over the last year, thank you to everyone that has invited me to do so, and although the topics of the talks are similar I do mix up some of the tools I mention in each one. I also change up the slides a little bit for each talk. While my slides do the job of showing what I'm talking about, I was never 100% happy with some of them. That changed recently because of two simple suggestions that Ken Shelton gave in a talk about presentation design at NCTIES

Ken's two pieces of advice that I've put into immediate use are these. First, start taking a picture a day to build-up a library of images that you can use in your presentations. I've been doing this since I heard Ken say that. So far I've only used two of my own images, but I do have designs for using some of my others in the future talks. Second, Ken recommends using full-bleed on the images you place on slides. In other words, eliminate border space and if necessary place font over the image. That second piece of advice I'm using on 90% of my slides now. I am much happy with the look of my slides. 

Creating pretty slides is only one part of delivering a good presentation. There are many other elements to consider. For those elements take a look at this collection of Short and Sweet Presentation Tips and these ideas for shy presenters

Monday, August 29, 2011

Short and Sweet Presentation Advice

This year, as I do every year, I plan to help my students develop the life-long skill of delivering good presentations to an audience. To that end I try to make my students strive to take Guy Kawasaki's advice about font use on slides. Guy Kawasaki is one of the best presenters that I've seen. In the two minute video below Kawasaki shares his advice for delivering an effective presentation. In the video he is speaking to a tech/ business audience, but 98% of what he says applies to any audience.

For a bit more in the way of presentation advice, particularly regarding slide design, watch this ten minute talk by Garr Reynolds. Reynolds is the author of Presentation Zen.

And here is Reynolds putting his advice into practice at TEDxToyko.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Advice for Shy Presenters and Shy Connectors

Sacha Chua, who I've mentioned a few times in the past, creates some of the best slideshows you'll find on the web. That's not just my hyperbole, she's been mentioned by some of the biggest blogs on the web. In fact, I think it was through Read Write Web that I initially discovered her work.
Recently she gave talk titled The Shy Presenter at Ignite Toronto. The Shy Presenter is five minutes packed with advice for shy people who want to be presenters or who have to be presenters. The video is embedded below. But if you're really interested in this topic don't just watch the video, read Sacha's blog post on the topic.

Ignite Toronto 3: Sacha Chua - The Shy Presenter: An Introvert’s Guide to Speaking in Public from Ignite Toronto on Vimeo.

The Shy Connector is another of Sacha Chua's presentations. This one offers good tips and strategies for shy people who need to make connections for work or personal reasons. I've gone through The Shy Connector a few times since I first saw it and have actually put some of her tips to work for myself. Again, if this is a topic of interest to you, don't just flip through the slides, read Sacha's blog post about The Shy Connector.

Applications for Education
At my school all seniors are required to give a fifteen minute exit presentation before graduation. As you might guess we have shy students who are very nervous about giving presentations. Those students would do well to view Sacha Chua's presentations in preparation for presentation day.