Creating Good Presentations

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A talk I gave to an undergraduate computer science class on how to create good presentations.

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  • STRUCTURE
    ANIMATION
    FONTS
    COLOUR
    DATA
  • LESS MORE
    ONE IDEA
  • Bread - Intro/Conclusion -> Not the most interesting, but without all the tasty meat of the presentation will not hold together
    Take away message - not going to remember much - keep it simple and keep bringing it back to three key ideas
  • PRACTICE NEXT
  • FIRST FEW SLIDES
    ENTIRE SLIDE ORDERING
  • 3 THINGS
  • 3 THINGS
  • Creating Good Presentations

    1. 1. Creating Good Presentations Kevin Regan
    2. 2. A Good Presentation Can ...
    3. 3. Save the Environment 3
    4. 4. Iraq Is Hiding Dangerous Weapons After inspectors revealed his Instructions relayed to an earlier biological program, officer in the field, Saddam built biological January 2003 weapons factories on wheels A: Capt. Ibrahim? B: I am with you, sir. A: Remove.. the expression… nerve agents… whenever it comes up.. in the wireless instructions. B: Consider it done, sir. Start a War 4
    5. 5. Prevent a Disaster 5
    6. 6. • The structure of your presetation is an extremely important because even if you spend extremely long time creating a presentation no one will be able The to understand what you are saying unless you placement structure your presentation well. • The design of a good presentation begins with good structure, the next step is to take care to of text on design each individual slide to maximize the effect of your presentation. • On each individidual slide you should take care to think about : a slide can • font size you are using, because if you do not pay also be attention to font size it can be hard to read important • Think about the colours you are using: colours are important in a presentation! • Properly used graphs and images can only enhance your presentation, so be careful in your Effectiveness use of graphs and images. 200 •And be sure to be careful about your spelling and 150 grammar because to clearly communicate your ideas 100 your need good speling and grammer! • Can you still read this??? Perhaps using an extremely small font will encourage your audience to sit at the front! 50 0 6
    7. 7. Outline Structure Animation Fonts Colour Data 7
    8. 8. Structure Less is One Idea More! per Slide 8
    9. 9. Structure Presentation Speech Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing Slide elit. Donec ipsum. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Nulla bibendum. Nulla eleifend, est at sollicitudin sodales, arcu tellus mattis erat, in tempor lorem tellus quis leo. Mauris luctus. Vivamus in arcu interdum nunc molestie tincidunt. Quisque nibh. Vestibulum vel dui quis tortor malesuada tristique. Donec tincidunt. Sed urna. Phasellus dictum. Proin laoreet, urna sit amet auctor sagittis, orci pede aliquam eros, non pharetra Slide odio augue vel erat. Aenean ac purus quis diam eleifend accumsan. Curabitur magna. Curabitur consequat accumsan lorem. Aliquam velit augue, suscipit et, luctus et, accumsan ullamcorper, enim. Proin rhoncus. Quisque venenatis. Pellentesque dolor tellus, fringilla a, pretium in, elementum ac, justo. Integer sodales nunc id urna. Phasellus id felis. Fusce id pede vitae lacus bibendum
    10. 10. Structure Make Sandwiches Simplicity & Repetition (Don!t just take orders) 10
    11. 11. Animation 11
    12. 12. Animation • The danger in too much animation is that your audience will be distracted 11
    13. 13. Animation • The danger in too much animation is that your audience will be distracted • Each time something in your slide moves your audiences attention will be drawn to it and away from what you are speaking about 11
    14. 14. Animation Sparingly Use it Consistently 11
    15. 15. Fonts • Keep it simple • Keep it BIG 12
    16. 16. Fonts Keep it Simple 13 & BIG
    17. 17. Colour • Use a small number of contrasting colours • Use them consistently 14
    18. 18. Colour • Use a small number of contrasting colours • Use them consistently 15
    19. 19. Colour Results of a survey by Dr. Lauren Sharff 16
    20. 20. Colour • There are lots of tools out there • Use them! 17
    21. 21. Images CREATE SOME EXAMPLES • Can be extremely helpful • Should express a simple idea 18
    22. 22. Check the room and equipment. 19
    23. 23. It will never work completely for the first time. Trust me. 20
    24. 24. All this leads to... 21
    25. 25. Wow* 22 * great presentations
    26. 26. Data 2004 2005 2006 2007 AMZN 100 90 80 60 MSFT 100 50 25 10 GOOG 100 20 40 80 23
    27. 27. Data Yearly Stock Price 100 75 $ Billions AMZN 50 MSFT GOOG 25 0 2004 2005 2006 2007 Year 24
    28. 28. Data Add a slide or t wo to illustrate more of his ideas 25
    29. 29. Data 26
    30. 30. Proofing • Use parallel structure in lists • Poofread your slides • Your audience carefully will find any mistakes 27
    31. 31. Proofing • Use parallel structure in lists • Proofread your slides • Your audience carefully will find any mistakes 28
    32. 32. Proofing • Use parallel structure in lists • Proofread • Find any your slides mistakes, carefully before your audience does 29
    33. 33. Delivery 30
    34. 34. Delivery •Practice • Practice • Practice 31
    35. 35. 32
    36. 36. Conclusion Make Sandwiches Simplicity & Repetition (Don!t just take orders) 33
    37. 37. Add some appendices Questions • Learn to navigate your slides • Add appendices 34
    38. 38. Thank You Lil Blume Merlin Mann Alexei Kapterev 35

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