Designing Effective Legal Presentations in PowerPoint

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Designing Effective Legal Presentations in PowerPoint

  1. 1. Designing Effective Legal Presentations in PowerPoint Ronald G. Friesen The Continuing Legal Education Society of BC
  2. 2. Why PowerPoint? http://www.flickr.com/photos/ballyooo/2321505686/ Your artistic statement http://www.flickr.com/photos/11375837@N05/2208498758/ We all learn differently
  3. 3. Why PowerPoint? To support CLEBC LiveWebcasts
  4. 4. Why PowerPoint? PowerPoint can make things Move
  5. 5. Who’s your learner? (Survey) <ul><li>How many of you - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have used PowerPoint previously? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How many times? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can save a file in Word or Word Perfect? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can drag and drop text? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can cut and paste text? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can change the font type and font size? </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Tell me and I will forget ! Show me and I will remember! Involve me and I will understand! Who’s the learner? - Confucius says...
  7. 7. Objectives prepare a presentation with text and graphics http://www.flickr.com/photos/tobiastoft/3209409590/ learn effective delivery
  8. 8. The medium is not the message Formal Light hearted Effective delivery
  9. 9. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kjarrett/455157415/ Effective delivery I’ve got my PPT speaking notes Work with PowerPoint: Emphasize points with voice, head, arms, body, fingers
  10. 10. Plan <ul><li>Create 9 key slides </li></ul><ul><li>Spice it up </li></ul><ul><li>End (7 pm) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Create 9 Key Slides <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Title (slide 1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audience: Who is the learner (slide 2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Objectives (slide 3) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create interest (slide 4) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan (slide 5) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Body </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic 1 (slide 6) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic 2 (slide 7) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic 3 (slide 8) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Closing (slide 9) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Exciting/Interesting Title Your Name Your Firm Name of CLE Course Date of CLE Course The Continuing Legal Education Society of BC Title Slide (slide 1)
  13. 13. Audience (Slide 2) Example - commercial negotiation <ul><li>This presentation is designed for experienced lawyers with solid grounding in negotiating complex commercial transactions </li></ul>
  14. 14. Objectives (slide 3) http://www.flickr.com/photos/hikingartist/3515471358/ Death by PowerPoint
  15. 15. It’s not about filling a vessel It’s about lighting a fire Objectives: objectives should light a fire of interest in learners.
  16. 16. Objectives <ul><li>What do you want the </li></ul><ul><li>learner </li></ul><ul><li>to </li></ul><ul><li>know or do </li></ul><ul><li>differently? </li></ul>
  17. 17. Objectives Example - commercial negotiation <ul><li>As a result of this session, you will be able to… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>List the leading cases and state how they have changed the law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State a strategy for negotiating a complex transaction using the leading cases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete a reporting letter to a client that states your strategy and lays out the options </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Create Interest and Plan (slides 4 and 5) Create 9 Key Slides <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Title (slide 1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audience: Who is the learner (slide 2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Objectives (slide 3) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create interest (slide 4) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan (slide 5) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Body </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic 1 (slide 6) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic 2 (slide 7) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic 3 (slide 8) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Closing (slide 9) </li></ul>
  19. 19. Create interest (slide 4) Photos Your own or Flickr attribution Clip art Action http://www.flickr.com/photos/11375837@N05/2208498758/
  20. 20. Complex Transactions Confuse Clients Create Interest ( Example 1 of 2 - commercial negotiation )
  21. 21. Clarity Conquers Confusion and Creates Cash Create Interest ( Example 2 of 2 - commercial negotiation )
  22. 22. Develop your plan (slide 5) 3 – 5 major topics Developed from your objectives http://www.flickr.com/photos/gt6jim/427295590/
  23. 23. Plan Example – Commercial negotiation Note: 3 major topics Note: topics derived from objectives <ul><li>Review the leading cases </li></ul><ul><li>Review and discuss a case study to develop a strategy for negotiating a complex transaction using the leading cases </li></ul><ul><li>Based on the case study, you will identify the major issues to include in a letter to your client that sets out your strategy and the options </li></ul>
  24. 24. Body (slides 6, 7, and 8) Create 9 Key Slides <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Title (slide 1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audience: Who is the learner (slide 2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Objectives (slide 3) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create interest (slide 4) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan (slide 5) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Body </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic 1 (slide 6) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic 2 (slide 7) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic 3 (slide 8) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Closing (slide 9) </li></ul>
  25. 25. Organize the Body <ul><li>Body </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3-5 major topics that accomplish the objectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Arrange the major topics in logical order </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Within each topic, move from general to specific with each topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use transitions and cues between each major topic (e.g. graphics/headings) </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Plan <ul><li>Review the leading cases </li></ul><ul><li>Review and discuss a case study to develop a strategy for negotiating a complex transaction using the leading cases </li></ul><ul><li>Based on the case study, you will identify the major issues to include in a letter to your client that sets out your strategy and the options </li></ul>The plan contains the major topics. Each major topic is a different section in your presentation Example – Commercial negotiation
  27. 27. The Leading Cases http://www.flickr.com/photos/jburgin/3005668060/ Example – Commercial negotiation: 1 st major topic
  28. 28. Negotiating a complex transaction <ul><li>In this section, in small groups, you will review and discuss a case study involving a complex commercial transaction. </li></ul><ul><li>Then, using the leading cases, you will discuss possible strategies </li></ul>Example – Commercial negotiation: 2 nd major topic
  29. 29. Strategy letter for your client <ul><li>Based on the case study you just discussed, you will identify the major issues to include in a letter to your client that sets out your strategy and the options </li></ul>Example – Commercial negotiation: 3 rd major topic
  30. 30. Closing (slide 9) Create 9 Key Slides <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Title (slide 1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audience: Who is the learner (slide 2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Objectives (slide 3) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create interest (slide 4) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan (slide 5) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Body </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic 1 (slide 6) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic 2 (slide 7) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic 3 (slide 8) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Closing (slide 9) </li></ul>
  31. 31. Organize the closing <ul><li>Closing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Summarize the main points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relate the main points to the objectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Point the way ahead (final slide) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wrap up </li></ul></ul>
  32. 32. Summary <ul><li>Plan your presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Organize your presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Use PowerPoint to add spice </li></ul><ul><li>Practice </li></ul>
  33. 33. Practice just before Practice – Slide Show View Practice with colleagues Apply the seat of your pants to the seat of your chair. Practice mumble talk
  34. 34. Designing Effective Legal Presentations in PowerPoint On behalf of the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC Thank you

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