Make your slides stink less

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Make your slides stink less

  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
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