Presentations Update 3

When to use a presentation or documents?

In this video from the Duarte Blog it’s explained when to use ballroom presentations in contrast to just using documents or conference room presentations. The main subject of this video is also accompanied by a pdf file free to download here. Very useful.

Nancy Duarte is the author of Slide:ology, reviewed in this post. This book and Presentation Zen are both excellent books about ballroom presentations. Ballroom presentations are presentations for a large audience with hardly any bullet points and slick graphic design as well as a good structure of the presentation. Here is one example of my own about medication resistance and response to ECT.

The distinction between ballroom and conference room presentations is from another authority about presentations his book: The Extreme Presentation Method: Advanced Presentations by Design is reviewed here

The requirements for persuading smaller audiences (details, interaction, no distractions) call for a Conference Room style presentation. Conference Room style presentations tend to contain lots of details on each slide, the slides are printed, not projected, and every slide must pass the squint test. The squint test is ensuring that your slide or hand out reinforces its main message. This can result in overcrowded but useful slides.

The Mehrabian Myth Falsified

Also enlightening is the post about the The Mehrabian Myth or the terrible abuse of Prof. Mehrabian’s infamous formula (7% words, 38% tone of voice, 55% body language). In this video you can see why it’s not true.

Effective Speech Writing
On BBC News a recent posts discloses techniques are the building blocks of effective speech-writing important for ballroom presentations. Use contrasts, three part lists, imagery and anecdotes and break the rules to get to your audience. The post has a nice collection of famous examples.

Twitter and Presentations
Twitter during presentations is still a matter of debate. One of it’s drawbacks is that the audience might not be web savvy enough. This objection is posted in Twitter on screen at conferences: Good or Bad?.

Online Slide Sharing
On the Survival Blog for Scientists a few of the most popular slide-sharing Internet sites are tested. The author used a ballroom presentation to test the different slide-sharing sites: SlideShare, Google Docs, AuthorSTREAM, and SlideBoom. SlideBoom came out as the winner.

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