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  • Based on the book by Garr Reynolds, Presentation Zen Simple Design Delivery. Available from Amazon: 2nd Edition now out.\n
  • What’s the real purpose of your talk? What does your audience expect? In your opinion, what are the most important parts of your topic for the audience to take away?\n
  • Sketch out your ideas and objectives with a pen and paper/large whiteboard. Write down key points and assemble an outline and structure - it helps to be able to “step away” for perspective.\n
  • Illustrate your points with the use of stories - personal ones. If you want your audience to remember your content, find a way to make it relevant and memorable to them, but, of course be concise.\n
  • 3 components - the audience, yourself & the medium (keynote). The goal is to create a kind of harmony among the three. Boring an audience with bullet point after bullet point is pointless. \n
  • Nothing in your slides should be superfluous - ever. The less clutter you have on your slide, the more powerful your visual message will become.\n
  • The best slides may have no text at all. Slides are supposed to support/supplement the narration of the speaker (not make the speaker superfluous). Minimal text will also reduce the urge to read the text - after all the audience can already read can’t they?\n
  • Images have the power to trigger emotions. You can take your own high-quality photographs with your digital camera OR you could use the plethora of high quality creative commons images online. Use compfight (flickr search engine), (web search engine) - which you already have permission to use (with attribution of course!) Never stretch a small, low resolution photo to make it fit your layout - remember, you can always reduce but you can not enlarge (the image will pixelate.) Always model this with your students, avoid clip art and unnecessary animations. \n
  • The temptation is often to turn the lights off so that the slides look better. Turning the lights off induces sleeplines and puts all of the focus on the screen. The audience should be looking at you mostly - not the screen.\n
  • Use those “teachable” moments to model expectations\n
  • Use a remote - it allows you to move away from the centre stage. Invest in the keynote remote app (0.99c) for your iPad or iTouch/iPhone - that way you can “turn” the pages of your presentation, see your presenter notes without being “tied” to your laptop. Apple remotes come bundled with the or you can purchase them separately for about US$19 (well worth the investment). Other (non-apple) options include:The Logitech Harmony comes in a range of different options, and is one of the most advanced and expensive remotes available. It plays nicely with a Mac, and is certainly an option worth considering if you have the budget (upwards of a few hundred dollars). It can be programmed to work not only with your Mac, but also with all range of other electronic devices. This makes it considerably more versatile than the Apple Remote, but also far more cumbersome.\n\n
  • PresentationZen Introduction

    1. 1. presentationzen introduction Image by t0msk: HellyerFor JIS Technology Learning Institute 2011
    2. 2. Image by ilike: start with the end in mind
    3. 3. Image by Marco Torres: plan in “analog” mode
    4. 4. be a storytellerImage by the bbp:
    5. 5. Image by seafraga: it’s about the audience
    6. 6. Image by quinn.anya: white space is your friend
    7. 7. Image by visualpanic: reduce reduce reduce
    8. 8. only use high quality imagesImage by TeachingSagittarian:
    9. 9. Image by alancleaver_2000: keep the lights on
    10. 10. All images used underCreative Commons License (with Attribution) Slide content adapted from:
    11. 11. Links mentioned in this SessionCompfight (flickr: creativecommons search engine)http://compfight.comCreativeCommons Org (creativecommons license information/search engine for audio/video/images)http://creativecommons.orghttp://search.creativecommons.orgApple remote - only US$19Compfight cheatsheet (use with students) - available on scribd