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  • 1. Designing Effective Legal Presentations in PowerPoint Ronald G. Friesen The Continuing Legal Education Society of BC
  • 2. Why PowerPoint? http://www.flickr.com/photos/ballyooo/2321505686/ Your artistic statement http://www.flickr.com/photos/11375837@N05/2208498758/ We all learn differently
  • 3. Why PowerPoint? To support CLEBC LiveWebcasts
  • 4. Why PowerPoint? PowerPoint can make things Move
  • 5. Who’s your learner? (Survey)
    • How many of you -
      • Have used PowerPoint previously?
        • How many times?
      • Can save a file in Word or Word Perfect?
      • Can drag and drop text?
      • Can cut and paste text?
      • Can change the font type and font size?
  • 6. Tell me and I will forget ! Show me and I will remember! Involve me and I will understand! Who’s the learner? - Confucius says...
  • 7. Objectives prepare a presentation with text and graphics http://www.flickr.com/photos/tobiastoft/3209409590/ learn effective delivery
  • 8. The medium is not the message Formal Light hearted Effective delivery
  • 9. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kjarrett/455157415/ Effective delivery I’ve got my PPT speaking notes Work with PowerPoint: Emphasize points with voice, head, arms, body, fingers
  • 10. Plan
    • Create 9 key slides
    • Spice it up
    • End (7 pm)
  • 11. Create 9 Key Slides
    • Introduction
      • Title (slide 1)
      • Audience: Who is the learner (slide 2)
      • Objectives (slide 3)
      • Create interest (slide 4)
      • Plan (slide 5)
    • Body
      • Topic 1 (slide 6)
      • Topic 2 (slide 7)
      • Topic 3 (slide 8)
    • Closing (slide 9)
  • 12. Exciting/Interesting Title Your Name Your Firm Name of CLE Course Date of CLE Course The Continuing Legal Education Society of BC Title Slide (slide 1)
  • 13. Audience (Slide 2) Example - commercial negotiation
    • This presentation is designed for experienced lawyers with solid grounding in negotiating complex commercial transactions
  • 14. Objectives (slide 3) http://www.flickr.com/photos/hikingartist/3515471358/ Death by PowerPoint
  • 15. It’s not about filling a vessel It’s about lighting a fire Objectives: objectives should light a fire of interest in learners.
  • 16. Objectives
    • What do you want the
    • learner
    • to
    • know or do
    • differently?
  • 17. Objectives Example - commercial negotiation
    • As a result of this session, you will be able to…
      • List the leading cases and state how they have changed the law
      • State a strategy for negotiating a complex transaction using the leading cases
      • Complete a reporting letter to a client that states your strategy and lays out the options
  • 18. Create Interest and Plan (slides 4 and 5) Create 9 Key Slides
    • Introduction
      • Title (slide 1)
      • Audience: Who is the learner (slide 2)
      • Objectives (slide 3)
      • Create interest (slide 4)
      • Plan (slide 5)
    • Body
      • Topic 1 (slide 6)
      • Topic 2 (slide 7)
      • Topic 3 (slide 8)
    • Closing (slide 9)
  • 19. Create interest (slide 4) Photos Your own or Flickr attribution Clip art Action http://www.flickr.com/photos/11375837@N05/2208498758/
  • 20. Complex Transactions Confuse Clients Create Interest ( Example 1 of 2 - commercial negotiation )
  • 21. Clarity Conquers Confusion and Creates Cash Create Interest ( Example 2 of 2 - commercial negotiation )
  • 22. Develop your plan (slide 5) 3 – 5 major topics Developed from your objectives http://www.flickr.com/photos/gt6jim/427295590/
  • 23. Plan Example – Commercial negotiation Note: 3 major topics Note: topics derived from objectives
    • Review the leading cases
    • Review and discuss a case study to develop a strategy for negotiating a complex transaction using the leading cases
    • Based on the case study, you will identify the major issues to include in a letter to your client that sets out your strategy and the options
  • 24. Body (slides 6, 7, and 8) Create 9 Key Slides
    • Introduction
      • Title (slide 1)
      • Audience: Who is the learner (slide 2)
      • Objectives (slide 3)
      • Create interest (slide 4)
      • Plan (slide 5)
    • Body
      • Topic 1 (slide 6)
      • Topic 2 (slide 7)
      • Topic 3 (slide 8)
    • Closing (slide 9)
  • 25. Organize the Body
    • Body
      • 3-5 major topics that accomplish the objectives
      • Arrange the major topics in logical order
      • Within each topic, move from general to specific with each topic
      • Use transitions and cues between each major topic (e.g. graphics/headings)
  • 26. Plan
    • Review the leading cases
    • Review and discuss a case study to develop a strategy for negotiating a complex transaction using the leading cases
    • Based on the case study, you will identify the major issues to include in a letter to your client that sets out your strategy and the options
    The plan contains the major topics. Each major topic is a different section in your presentation Example – Commercial negotiation
  • 27. The Leading Cases http://www.flickr.com/photos/jburgin/3005668060/ Example – Commercial negotiation: 1 st major topic
  • 28. Negotiating a complex transaction
    • In this section, in small groups, you will review and discuss a case study involving a complex commercial transaction.
    • Then, using the leading cases, you will discuss possible strategies
    Example – Commercial negotiation: 2 nd major topic
  • 29. Strategy letter for your client
    • Based on the case study you just discussed, you will identify the major issues to include in a letter to your client that sets out your strategy and the options
    Example – Commercial negotiation: 3 rd major topic
  • 30. Closing (slide 9) Create 9 Key Slides
    • Introduction
      • Title (slide 1)
      • Audience: Who is the learner (slide 2)
      • Objectives (slide 3)
      • Create interest (slide 4)
      • Plan (slide 5)
    • Body
      • Topic 1 (slide 6)
      • Topic 2 (slide 7)
      • Topic 3 (slide 8)
    • Closing (slide 9)
  • 31. Organize the closing
    • Closing
      • Summarize the main points
      • Relate the main points to the objectives
      • Point the way ahead (final slide)
      • Wrap up
  • 32. Summary
    • Plan your presentation
    • Organize your presentation
    • Use PowerPoint to add spice
    • Practice
  • 33. Practice just before Practice – Slide Show View Practice with colleagues Apply the seat of your pants to the seat of your chair. Practice mumble talk
  • 34. Designing Effective Legal Presentations in PowerPoint On behalf of the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC Thank you