Presenting Madness

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presentation tips from someone who sucks at presenting.

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  • Attention span is about 5-10 min for a given topicYou are competing against facebook
  • They are annoying as hell
  • Think about all the questions that might come up, and have content ready for them
  • Creates strain as the eye traverses across a line of text and has to adjust to different contrasts
  • Avoid stock templates, clipartRedundancy is boringUse art which matches the style of the slides
  • They can break up the flowPeople want you to get to the point!
  • Practice over. And over. And over. And over… And over.
  • Get there earlyAcclimate to the environment (which will make you more comfortable)Get familiar with all the video/audio hook upsMingle with the audience
  • "Avoid eye charts" is almost cliché (but they still do it!)Fonts may be too small for larger roomsLaser pointers might not be visible
  • Let people know who you areEstablish the right amount of credibility (why should people listen to you)Under sell, over perform
  • Talk about something related.Type your thoughts in the notes field first.
  • People have been remembering stories for centuriesImages can help solidify the story
  • Use pre-recorded videosVideo editing lets you skip past the slow parts (such as typing)Videos are a great time for water breaksFailed demos can kill your presentation
  • Monotone speech is good for sleeping (or hypnotizing)Excitement = interest
  • Stay in front of the podiumEngage!Don't put your hands in your pocketsSet a laptop in the front row with the presentation so you don't have to turn around
  • Talk at their levelUse analogiesCreate a relationshipHelp them understandAnchor them down (with stories!)
  • Humor is essential, but obvious jokes have the opposite effectJokes should be in passing/side comments
  • Don’t talk too fast, but keep a good paceTry to calm downExercise before hand to remove some excess energy
  • Presenting Madness

    1. 1. Presenting Madness<br />miscellaneous tips from someone<br /> who sucks at presenting<br />
    2. 2. Creation<br />
    3. 3. DO<br />group your topics<br />
    4. 4. DON'T<br />play sound effects<br />
    5. 5. DO<br />prepare auxiliary slides<br />
    6. 6. DON'T<br />use horizontal gradients<br />
    7. 7. DO<br />be original<br />
    8. 8. DON'T<br />use agenda slides<br />
    9. 9. Preparation<br />
    10. 10. DO<br />memorize your presentation<br />
    11. 11. DON'T<br />arrive late<br />
    12. 12. DO<br />test at 100 feet<br />
    13. 13. Presentation<br />
    14. 14. DO<br />introduce and set expectations<br />
    15. 15. DON'T<br />read the slides<br />
    16. 16. DO<br />tell stories<br />
    17. 17. DON'T<br />perform manual demos<br />
    18. 18. DO<br />show energy and passion<br />
    19. 19. DON'T<br />hide<br />
    20. 20. DO<br />relate to the audience<br />
    21. 21. DON'T<br />force jokes<br />
    22. 22. DO<br />maintain a rhythm<br />
    23. 23. If you've slept through everything else, remember these…<br />
    24. 24. memorize<br />tell stories<br />engage<br />

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