How-to Impress

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A brief introduction to preparing and giving talks and presentations.

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How-to Impress

  1. 1. 1 How-To Impress An Introduction to Giving Talks and Presentations Adam John Trickett www.iredale.net adam.trickett@iredale.net PGP Key: 0x166C4BF0 Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence. Version 1.0.0 © Adam Trickett, March-2009
  2. 2. 2 Basic Principles Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence. Version 1.0.0 © Adam Trickett, March-2009
  3. 3. 3 Research • Gap analysis first • What does the audience already know? • What do I know? • Where will the talk go? • Make notes • Think it through several times before you start Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence. Version 1.0.0 © Adam Trickett, March-2009
  4. 4. 4 Preparation • All talks need a structure • Visual aids? • Written notes? Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence. Version 1.0.0 © Adam Trickett, March-2009
  5. 5. 5 Presentation • Stay calm • Take a deep breath before you start • Most audiences are friendly • Speak clearly with an even pace • Move about a little • Stay on time • Have fun Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence. Version 1.0.0 © Adam Trickett, March-2009
  6. 6. 6 Presentation's Structure Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence. Version 1.0.0 © Adam Trickett, March-2009
  7. 7. 7 Beginning • Introduce • Yourself • Title of the talk • A feel of where you intend to go • Talk structure if it's long or complex Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence. Version 1.0.0 © Adam Trickett, March-2009
  8. 8. 8 Middle • The content • Broken into logical chunks • In a logical order Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence. Version 1.0.0 © Adam Trickett, March-2009
  9. 9. 9 End • Summarise the content • Reinforce the message • Conclude where you said you would • Thank your audience and ask for questions Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence. Version 1.0.0 © Adam Trickett, March-2009
  10. 10. 10 Visual Aids? • Short talks do not usually need visual aids • The slides are aids not the script • Keep them simple and focused Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence. Version 1.0.0 © Adam Trickett, March-2009
  11. 11. 11 Written Notes? • Reading out written notes is usually very dull to listen to • When speaking without notes it's easy to miss something • Turning the page can help pace the talk Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence. Version 1.0.0 © Adam Trickett, March-2009
  12. 12. 12 Slides Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence. Version 1.0.0 © Adam Trickett, March-2009
  13. 13. 13 KISS • Simple colour scheme • Large clear font • One concept per slide • 3 or 4 bullet points per slide Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence. Version 1.0.0 © Adam Trickett, March-2009
  14. 14. 14 No! • Animations • Transitions • Multi-colour text • Multi-font text • Clip art and background images • Unexplained content • Over long slides Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence. Version 1.0.0 © Adam Trickett, March-2009
  15. 15. 15 This is a very bad slide • This slide has a lot of nasty things going on • However it's fairly typical in the corporate world • Too many things in once place is really annoying • I'd be amazed if anyone can read this • It's really very bad isn't it • Notice the deliberate misspellikg • Even the clip art looks rubbish with a white background • This point doesn't even fit properly Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence. Version 1.0.0 © Adam Trickett, March-2009
  16. 16. Good Slide This is a simple point ● Things stand-out if everything is simple ● There is nothing confusing ●
  17. 17. 19 Resources • http://www.iredale.net/p/by-type/talk/ • http://www.hants.lug.org.uk/ • http://www.slideshare.net/ Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence. Version 1.0.0 © Adam Trickett, March-2009
  18. 18. 20 In Summary • Plan • KISS • Prepare • Less is More • Present • Relax and Enjoy Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence. Version 1.0.0 © Adam Trickett, March-2009
  19. 19. 21 Thank You Any  Questions? Distributed under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence. Version 1.0.0 © Adam Trickett, March-2009

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