Presentation Zen and the Free Images

The Notes
Slide 1 – The problem is a communications problem
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Don McMillan: Life After Death by PowerPoint

Slide 2 – Video – Death by PowerPoint (4:25) Slide 3 – Beautiful Clutter? Although it might look beautiful to us, it is often cluttered and too much to take in
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Slide 4 – Most presentations scream, “I want my hour back!”
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Slide 5 – Key to success is simplifying your message – Think of 3 things you want your audience to learn/leave with

Slide 6 – Competing with this is the ‘Curse of Knowledge’ – phrase used by the Heath Brothers in Made to Stick
You forget what it is like NOT to know. cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo by Wiertz Sébastien:

Slide 7 – The main question is ‘Why?’ Why are you making this presentation?
Think of this in terms of the audience, not of the presenter. Why are you presenting and what would you like the participants to leave with? cc licensed ( BY ND ) flickr photo by e-magic:

Slide 8 – Information is becoming cheaper to the point it is almost Free.
At one point, information = power. Royalty, priests, presidents were the only ones literate Now the key is to synthesize information because there is too much of it cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by takomabibelot:

Slide 9 – Key is to tell a story
Our brains are wired to listen to and remember the emotional cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo by RemcoBoerma:

Slide 10 – To illustrate, compare reading a novel to reading a textbook
Novel = emotion = easier to remember Textbook = important = easy to forget cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo by zaveqna:

Slide 11 – Decoration is NOT design
Often design is an afterthought. People think about getting what they want done without much consideration for the audience. By the time they finish they just ‘pretty it up’ and that decoration is rarely functional. cc licensed (BY NC ND ) flickr photo by foreverdigital:

Slide 12 – Go Analog
When a decision is made to make a presentation, the first thing people tend to do is head to their computer and open PowerPoint Seems counterintuitive to most, but this is the worst way to get to the ‘Why’ Templates tend to restrict and make presenters conform to a format Take the time to think. cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by jenny downing:

Slide 13 – Brainstorm
Use a whiteboard or large piece of paper Use the ‘understood’ advice about brainstorming: limit the time, don’t limit the input cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by dierk schaefer:

Slide 14 – Group your ideas
Find out the ‘Why?’ of your presentation and then support it cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo by nickwheeleroz:

Slide 15 – Storyboard
Again, do this off-line. It helps to limit distractions Try to remember: The preparation IS the presentation cc licensed ( BY SD ) flickr photo by torres21:

Slide 16 – Computerize
Now that you have your material, the implementation should be quicker. Note: Finding images takes a great deal of time…preparation IS the presentation cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by mr • p:

Slide 17 – Share
This is the heart of the second part of the presentation Why should your work go to waste? Share it so we all benefit. This is a HUGE paradigm shift given information is coming closer to free: Think iTunes or Bit Torrent Everyone has pictures on their computers…wouldn’t be nice to share? cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by C!...:

Slide 18 – Creative Commons
The relatively new vehicle for sharing The main thing to know about CC is that to make it work you need to CONTRIBUTE.
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Slide 19 – Final message = simplify
Simple IS creative and what we need to ensure our message is heard

Slide 20 – Search (the task)
Use the tools cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo by practicalowl:

Final piece of advice – open Flickr account, use galleries, and SHARE

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