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A few basic concepts to improve the standard PowerPoint type slide presentation

A few basic concepts to improve the standard PowerPoint type slide presentation

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  • 1. Make Your Slides tink(a little) ess
  • 2. A Very Bad SlideA simple measurement of slide suckage is basedupon the amount of text and visual elements. Theworst slides are essentially text, and LOTS of it, likethis one. These kind of slides are basically just aword document, turned sideways and put in 20+ ptfont. If you have a compelling need to create slideslike this, please just print them out and give them tothe audience. These aren’t even visualpresentations, so why would you even projectthem? Having said that, it is perfectly fine if yourslides START this way as you are developing yourpresentation. Just don’t let them end this way!
  • 3. Bullet points• PowerPoint defaults to bullet points• May help to reduce text• Can separate your ideas• Like posting your main speaking points
  • 4. Good visual elements engagemore parts of thebrainvisual, social, emotional, face recognition, imaginationThe problem isexecution
  • 5. Clipart is a problem• Is this slide any better with a “visual” element?• Clipart is small, cartoony, and usually trite• Most clipart does not appear professional• Consider photographic images instead
  • 6. Image problems• Small images don’t help much• Images without emotion don’t help much
  • 7. Big emotionalforce images more parts of the brain to pay attention
  • 8. Ideally, the image illustrates a concept or acongruent emotion
  • 9. Big images prevent stinky slides by encouraging less text per slide
  • 10. So, why don’t we do this?
  • 11. We put too much on one slide becausewe are trying to deliver a document,rather than an emotion or concept
  • 12. Slides areFREE , use as many as you want!
  • 13. Is it complicated?
  • 14. The easiest wayis to add images with white space
  • 15. But, theseusually have to be purchased
  • 16. You can use any image with a substantial single color component
  • 17. You can use almost any full screenimage, if you keepyour text readable
  • 18. Let’s use this image as an example
  • 19. It is not the same dimension as theslide, so we will expand it and crop
  • 20. Writing directly on the image doesn’t give good contrast
  • 21. But, we can move to a darker part of the image and use white text
  • 22. For more contrast, we can bold and add a black “glow” text effect
  • 23. We can try darkening the picture a bit
  • 24. Or brighten it, and reverse colors
  • 25. We can leave a text banner at the bottom
  • 26. Or use a 50% transparency fill to darken our text area
  • 27. Or a try a solid color box
  • 28. Or, wecoulduse anoteimage.
  • 29. PowerPoint:Picturetools>format>color> settransparentcolor> clickbackgroundcolor of noteimage
  • 30. Finding copyright legitimate images Advanced search
  • 31. I want to use animage that is thewrong shape for full screenlandscape. Now what?
  • 32. One option:Split the screenbetween image and text
  • 33. Another option:Copy, flip, cut and stretch
  • 34. First copy theimage
  • 35. Next, flip the new image to mirror the old one
  • 36. Now crop the “non background” part of the new image
  • 37. leaving this “extendedbackground”
  • 38. Then stretch the newpiece to cover the screen
  • 39. Or, make multiplemirror image copies ofthe new piece, flipping One option: each to match theSplit the screen seams, like thisbetween image and text
  • 40. It isn’t photoshopperfect, but it is quick and easy!
  • 41. When might you want to use drawings orclipart instead of a single, large image?
  • 42. For complex concepts with multiple simultaneouscomponents, you may want to build your own integrated illustration
  • 43. Some complex conceptsmay be easier if seen allat once Insurance Inc. Creation or Transfer of New Policy Death Benefit to Charity2010 Gifts to be used for premiums Gifts aredeductible ifdonor keeps no rights in the policy 2011 2012 2013 2014 … Death
  • 44. Visualize changes bychange elements fromthe base slide Insurance Inc. Creation or Transfer of New Policy Death Benefit to Charity2010 Premium Payments Gifts aredeductible ifdonor keeps no rights in the policy 2011 2012 2013 2014 … Death
  • 45. If you need more roomfor text, put it onmultiple slides Insurance Inc. Creation or Transfer of New Policy Death Benefit to Charity2010 Premium Payments Gifts aredeductible ifdonor keeps no rights in the policy 2011 2012 2013 2014 … Death
  • 46. For intimidating concepts,use illustrations to break it down into simple components
  • 47. Example of illustrating an intimidating concept:The hemodynamicresponse function in functional magnetic resonance brain imaging
  • 48. An fMRI picture of the brain is made up of thousands of boxes, called voxels, just like me!● ●
  • 49. We voxelsare small – usually about thesize of one ● ●peppercorn
  • 50. Inside each of us voxels are thousands of neurons● ●
  • 51. When a lot of these neurons start to fire, the body rushes in● ● oxygen to help
  • 52. This rush of oxygen comes through the blood and makes me● ● start to change color
  • 53. As my blood oxygen increases, I get redder● ●
  • 54. And redder● ●
  • 55. If this keeps going, I will be totally red from all of the oxygen in my● ● blood
  • 56. But then, if the neurons don’t keep firing, the body will stop● ● rushing oxygen to me
  • 57. And my color will start to return to normal● ●
  • 58. I can get a bit blue at the end if my oxygen drops too low, right before it● ● returns to normal
  • 59. In 20 seconds after the neurons fired, I will be back to my normal● ● color again
  • 60. This whole color change process is called my hemodynamic● ● response
  • 61. “Hemo” means blood. “Dynamic” means change. ● ● So, hemodynamic response is my “blood-change”Blood Oxygen Level ● ● ● ● response. ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 SECONDS after neurons fire
  • 62. When we model this change with math, we call it a ● ● hemodynamic response functionBlood Oxygen Level ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 SECONDS after neurons fire
  • 63. To get better, look at great slide decks and steal their ideas!
  • 64. Read cool books
  • 65. View cool presentationshttp://www.slideshare.net/ssod
  • 66. Story DialogueMonologue

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