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10 pointers for a good presentation

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    • Good Presentations Ten common mistakes
    • Mistake 1
      • St Just’s is an excellent school in a superb setting. We were highly commended in last year’s Ofsted report, justifying our pride in the achievements of our students.
      • Our students performed exceptionally well in GCSEs and other public examinations. We are hoping to repeat the same success next year.
      • The school is set in 108 acres of playing fields on the edge of the town. There are many direct transport links to the local community, including a bus stop (45, 73, 98, 106) by the school gates and the train station three minutes’ walk down the road.
      Neil Adam, IT Services
    • 1. Too much text
      • 35 words maximum per slide!
      • Which will the audience attend to – listening to you or reading the slide?
      • Are you patronising the audience by reading verbatim?
      • Brief essentials without sacrificing clarity
      • (31 words in the above!)
      Neil Adam, IT Services
    • Mistake 2
      • Excellent sports hall
      • Brand new gym
      • Purpose-built drama studio
      • Olympic standard pool
      • 5 computer suites
      • 242 in the Sixth Form
      • 84 teachers
      • 3 faculties
        • Science
        • Humanities
        • Sports and arts
      Neil Adam, IT Services
    • 2. Too many bullets
      • Can the audience absorb too many points?
      • One main concept per slide
      • Five bullets (and/or 8 lines) per slide
      • Do sub-bullets give detail which should be in a supporting handout?
      Neil Adam, IT Services
    • Mistake 3 Neil Adam, IT Services GCSE English 2003 All subjects A*-C: 56.2% Boy’s results improve dramatically! A*-C 2003 2002 Girls 78.57% 77.72% Boys 43.69% 35.20% Total 59.45% 52.08%
    • 3. Too much information
      • What is the main point?
      • Break a single slide into two or three if necessary
      • Limit the number of statistics and keep them simple (eg. 68% not 67.63%)
      • Round statistics as you speak (eg. “over two thirds” not “sixty eight percent”)
      Neil Adam, IT Services
    • Mistake 4
      • 2002 results
      • 2003 results
      • Increase
      • Performance
      • Targets
      Neil Adam, IT Services
    • 4. Slides that say nothing…
      • Is the slide just a prompt for the presenter?
      • Single words may say nothing…
      Neil Adam, IT Services
    • Here is a classic example of our fifth mistake in a series of nine Neil Adam, IT Services
    • 5. Long or meaningless titles
      • Can the audience read the title at a glance?
      • Does the slide’s title summarise the content?
      • Does the title prompt thought, engage attention or call to action?
      Neil Adam, IT Services
    • Mistake 6
      • Autumn Package shows SATs results improving
      • NC performance below average in performance tables
      • Ofsted say school needs Acceptable Use Policy for ICT
      • Parents want better information but consultation evenings poorly attended
      Neil Adam, IT Services
    • 6. Cryptic phrases and jargon
      • Does the whole audience understand the phrases you commonly use?
      • Be selective and purposeful in the use of jargon and buzzwords
      Neil Adam, IT Services
    • Mistake 7
      • Have we understood special needs?
      • 40% of pupils with statements
      • Large proportion dyslexic
      • Use ICT to promote inclusion
      • Teacher ignorance
      Neil Adam, IT Services
    • 7. “Non-parallel” text
      • Have separate points on the slide a similar feel?
      • Try using all verb, or adjective, or noun phrases
      • Do the points flow?
      • Do related slides have a similar “look and feel”? (eg. layout, font etc.)
      Neil Adam, IT Services
    • Mistake 8
      • Title: ASSESS THE ROLE OF WINSTON CHURCHILL IN THE POST-WAR PERIOD.
      • length – no more than 3,000 words!!!
      • Sources: must be acknowledged;
      • Deadline - 20 th May.
      Neil Adam, IT Services
    • 8. Punctuation and capitalisation
      • Be consistent
      • Does punctuation aid understanding? (Much punctuation can be dropped)
      • Should any word be CAPITALISED? Use other emphasis (eg. bold or colour) sparingly
      • Which single point is the key message?
      Neil Adam, IT Services
    • Mistake 10
      • Their our know mistake on this slide!
      Neil Adam, IT Services
    • 9. Spelling errors
      • Arrrghh!
      • Did you spot 5 mistakes?
      • Have someone else proofread an important presentation!
      Neil Adam, IT Services
    • Mistake 10
      • Speaks for itself!
      Neil Adam, IT Services (Sorry)
    • 10. Misuse of effects
      • Effects can emphasise specific points
      • Overuse of effects ruins the effect!
      • Pick just two or three points to which you want to draw special attention
      • Animations can be used to emphasise process, precedent or structure
      Neil Adam, IT Services
    • Note
      • Slide show developed to illustrate text-only document
      • It is not, in itself, an exemplar of good practice!
      • It could be improved with more varied types/formats of slides
      • It is too “text-heavy”
      Neil Adam, IT Services Inspired by an article by Audrey Thompson, “Words on the Wall”, Aldus Magazine 9/1992