- Rule #1: DonÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â™t give
PowerPoint center stage.
- Rule #2: Create a logical flow to your presentation. Better yet, tell a story.
- Rule #3: Make your presentation readable.
- Rule #4: Remember, less is more.
- Rule #5: Distribute a handout.
According to my students, my most memorable presentation was the one I did on computer history.
Right. Computer history.
I had one thought per slide. One line. Sometimes not even a line, just a picture.
The pictures were visual aids for the story I told about operating
systems. I couldn’t stand the bullet lists that all the other teachers
were using, so I made something very sparse but fun.
One of my students said it felt like a TV ad. <laugh>
Slides are a tool, not a crutch.
Working Smart – My Favorite Powerpoint Resources is a treasure-trove of links on presentation skills. Here are some nifty ones from that list:
- Masterviews – more tips on presentations
- Powerpointers – more tips on presentations
- Presenters University
- Tony Ramos’ Presentation Weblog – hey, he’s Pinoy!
UPDATE: Clair wrote:
*laugh!* Unix humor ;) But it is true. Gah! I hate
presentations that rely on the dratted slides… I avoid doing that as
well. But I still haven’t gotten the hang of it. However, stories are
something i enjoy telling and listening to. HMmmm. I guess that is why
I enjoyed my archival science electives! :) My prof used to tell
stories more often than lectures. I seem to absorb more that way. My
classmates don’t get it though. But that style works for me. Hmmmm.
When I do get to teach, I will remember this! ;)
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