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On making presentations - with and without PowerPoint

On making presentations - with and without PowerPoint



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  • PowerPointless Ken Ronkowitz
  • PowerPointless
    • Where did PowerPoint come from?
    • Timing your presentation
    • The Elevator Pitch
    • Alternative ways of storing, offering and archiving your presentation.
    • Are you prepared for when the technology fails?
  • Where did PowerPoint come from?
    • 1983 - Forethought, Inc - to develop object oriented bit-mapped application software.
    • 1984 - Bob Gaskins & Dennis Austin develop Presenter ( later renamed PowerPoint)
    • Forethought acquired Nutshell , which became the enormously successful FileMaker
    • 1987 - Forethought and PowerPoint were purchased by Microsoft Corporation for $14 million.
    • Being part of Microsoft Office has allowed PowerPoint to become the world's most widely used presentation program.
  • PowerPointless
    • What did PowerPoint replace?
      • 35mm slides
        • graphs, photographs, illustrations
        • NOT text & bullets
      • Overhead projectors
        • What did this “new” technology allow you to do?
        • Does PowerPoint allow this?
      • Poster illustrations
      • Handouts (unintentionally, intentionally)
  • Why we love it
    • saves a lot of time in production
    • clarity
        • over hand-drawn or mechanically typeset slides, blackboards or whiteboards, or overhead projections
    • encourages the use of visual aids
    • encourages revision/updating
    • keeps inexperienced speakers on track
    • offers animation & addition of multimedia
    • "AutoContent Wizard" suggests a structure for a presentation
        • initially a joke by the Microsoft engineers but later included as a serious feature
  • Why we hate it
    • Used to guide a presenter, rather than to enlighten the audience.
    • simplistic tables and charts (due to low resolution displays)
    • Outliner encourages unnecessarily deep hierarchy.
    • Linear progression (whereas handouts can be global)
      • EX – cramming handouts into the presentations
    • poor typography & layout from presenters who are poor designers and who use templates and default settings
    • Simplistic thinking
      • a kind of objectivity and neutrality that people associate with science, technology, and "bullet points"
  • Simplistic thinking
  • Iraq Mobile Production Facilities - Colin Powell's UN presentation slide showing alleged mobile production facility for biological weapons. Source: http://www.state.gov/cms_images/Slide21_600.jpg
  • Perhaps, Too Much Information?
  • Yale professor of statistics and graphic design Edward Tufte
    • http://www.edwardtufte.com
    • “ Slideware often reduces the analytical quality of presentations. In particular, the popular PowerPoint templates (ready-made designs) usually weaken verbal and spatial reasoning, and almost always corrupt statistical analysis.”
  • PowerPointless
    • Timing your presentation
      • for rehearsal
      • for the actual presentation
      • for archived versions
  • If Not PowerPoint ...
  • The Elevator Pitch
    • Pitch versus Presentation
    • brief overview of an idea for a product, service, or project
      • so called because it can be delivered in the time span of an elevator ride ( 30 seconds or 100-150 words)
    • Used in management programs to teach the concise presentation of complex concepts.
    • Typically used in the context of an entrepreneur pitching an idea to a venture capitalist to receive funding.
  • Practicing The Pitch
    • Pitch your idea for a new course in your major that you would design and teach.
    • Pitch your idea for a way to save money on the way your department/team is trained on new products from the home office.
    • Are you prepared for when the technology fails?
    • No technology - Handouts
      • visuals
      • text
      • PowerPoint slides
    • Other technologies
      • older? – transparencies, posters
      • online presentations
        • flashdrives, web storage, websites , Flash, Slideshare ...