more confident as singers? Have they noticed their lung capacity has improved? Do they find iteasier to relax their muscles, body and mind? Have they increased awareness of their body,mind and heart? How have their lives as singers improved at all? These are the questions I willpropose at the end of the presentation to encourage participants to interact with me so I candetermine if my Pecha Kucha is effective in addressing these objectives.
3. Clear Design Values
My main creative design decisions are centered around 1) the use of storytelling, 2) creating amemorable experience that makes the listener forget they're learning, 3) using one-word verbsthat succinctly promote my core messages, 4) repeating those core messages as hooks for myideas and 5) using motion to specific graphics to emphasize points within my narration.
1) I will use music and sound effects throughout the presentation to make it seemas though I'm speaking to a live audience.
By creating an environment that resemblesa live audience (e.g., laugh tracks, boos, claps, sighs), I hope to provoke more emotionwithin the listener with the intent that they will better remember the presentation. In
BrainRules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School,
author J.Medina states that “emotionally arousing events tend to be better remembered thanneutral events.” (Medina, 2008, p. 79)
Rather than just presenting information that couldbe emotional, I will give the listener audible cues to enhance the emotional message.By integrating this virtual audience, I will create more of an interactive experience, rather than simply presenting information. More specifically, on
, my virtual audienceparticipates in a call-and-response activity that should encourage the listener to join in.In
Presentation Zen Design: Simple Design Principles and Techniques to Enhance Your Presentations,
author Garr Reynolds encourages presenters to focus on the experienceof the design by examining how our real audience interacts with the informationpresented (Reynolds, 2009, p. 18). It is my intent to proactively encourage my realaudience to interact with the help of my virtual audience.Finally, in
Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Die and Others Survive,
authors Chip andDan Heath make the point that in order to get people to care about our message, wemust “get them to take off their Analytical hats.” (Health & Health, 2008 p. 203). I believethat creating this virtual audience removes any type of analytical environment byproviding an experiences that entertains. In other words, my virtual audience shouldmake the listener forget that she or he is actually learning something, though, in fact, heor she is.
2) I will open the presentation with telling my own story and making myself a real-world example.
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, I will go into brief details about my childhood and teenyears and make the connection about the length of my journey into identifying as asinger. According to Medina, real world examples help the listener's brain to matchpatterns and “the more personal an example, the more richly it becomes encoded andthe more readily it is remembered.” (Medina, 2008, p. 115). Through the telling of myown story, I will make a personal connection to the listener which will inspire them toabsorb the actual information that follows.