KitzKikz: Home Tips on how to be more creative by John Cleese Assembling talking points, lists, and tedious outlines is a rather drab exercise that neither challenges your creative abilities or leads to a rewarding experience for you or your audience. But if you are going to do something different, if you are going to craft a talk that engages, illuminates, and even inspires, then the preparation is going to take creativity. This is especially true for the creation of a short-form presentation such as a TED/TEDx talk, or an Ignite or Pecha Kucha presentation, etc. Can you learn to be more creative? Open & closedCleese says that we can describe the way people function at work in terms of two basic modes: open and closed — and creativity is not possible in the closed mode. Conditions needed to become more creativeCleese elaborates on five factors that may lead to the open mode and thus at least improve conditions for creativity to flourish. (1) Space. (2) Time. (3) Time. (4) Confidence. (5) Humor.
Books - Essay: The Cognitive Style of Powerpoint In corporate and government bureaucracies, the standard method for making a presentation is to talk about a list of points organized onto slides projected up on the wall. For many years, overhead projectors lit up transparencies, and slide projectors showed high-resolution 35mm slides. Now "slideware" computer programs for presentations are nearly everywhere. Alas, slideware often reduces the analytical quality of presentations. 32 pages, full color. For more about PowerPoint, here's a sample from the essay: PowerPoint Does Rocket Science--and Better Techniques for Technical Reports
Where to get quotations for presentations? In my presentations, I may have several slides which feature a quote from a famous (sometimes not so famous) individual in the field. The quote may be a springboard into the topic or serve as support or reinforcement for the particular point I'm making. A typical Tom Peters presentation at one of his seminars, for example, may include dozens of slides with quotes. Like everything else, quotations work best when not over done. Where to get quotes? Tom Peters' slides from his websiteAs Tom says "we post all my slide shows so attendees can go back at their leisure and recall the logic of the presentation and "steal" some cool quotes to use in their presentations!" Note: The photo of the woman making tea in the sample slide above was snapped by me about a year ago in Kobe.
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Presentation Zen Learn English for Free with elllo! What is good PowerPoint design? Occasionally, I'm asked by colleagues or clients to send samples of "great slides" or "good PowerPoint." I usually hesitate to send examples of slides since my answer to the question, "what does a great PowerPoint slide look like?" is "...it depends." In a world which often thinks in terms of absolutes — this is good, that is bad — "it depends" is not the most popular answer. Context mattersHowever, as far as design is concerned, it is useful not to think (judge) in terms of right or wrong, but rather in terms of what is appropriate or inappropriate. That is, is it appropriate or inappropriate for a particular context? Simple but not simplisticIf there is one important precept worth following, it is the idea of simplicity. Simplicity is often used as a means to greater clarity. (Click for larger view of this slide) "No one can define them or draw up a system around them. BEFORE. The slide on the right (above) was an effort to display the same information in a pie chart. Before After
Garr Reynolds/Presentations 1. Show your passion If I had only one tip to give, it would be to be passionate about your topic and let that enthusiasm come out. Yes, you need great content. Yes, you need professional, well designed visuals. But it is all for naught if you do not have a deep, heartfelt belief in your topic. 2. You’ve heard it before: First impressions are powerful. 3. Humans have short attention spans when it comes to passively sitting and listening to a speaker. 4. Get closer to your audience by moving away from or in front of the podium. 5. To advance your slides and builds, use a small, handheld remote. 6. If you press the “B” key while your PowerPoint or Keynote slide is showing, the screen will go blank. 7. Try looking at individuals rather than scanning the group. 8. If you are speaking in a meeting room or a classroom, the temptation is to turn the lights off so that the slides look better. 9. 10.
PowerPoint: Is it Evil? - Visual Thesaurus Online Edition You've probably heard the PowerPoint jokes. You know: "Death by PowerPoint," and "power corrupts, but PowerPoint corrupts absolutely." It certainly gets a lot of stick. It also has some surprising defenders. (Full disclosure: Microsoft is a client of mine but I don't work for the PowerPoint team.) For example, Edward Tufte, author the beautifully named Beautiful Evidence , wrote a blistering article in Wired titled PowerPoint is Evil. My favorite PowerPoint parody is the Gettysburg PowerPoint Presentation. What makes nation unique Conceived in LibertyMen are equal Shared vision New birth of freedomGov't of/for/by the people Garr Reynolds, author of the Presentation Zen, doesn't criticize but he does argue that PowerPoint is a blank canvas on which the presenter reveals his own personality. If PowerPoint is a medium in its own right, as Reynolds implies, where is its art? Here's my own view. There is definitely an art to writing for speaking.
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