Presentation Skills

On Friday 5th October 2012, we had a small seminar on how to give a good presentation. Within this seminar, our lecturer, Paul Smith acted out what appeared to be a very realistically rubbish presentation performance before telling us that it was all a set up that was filmed by teaching supporter, Matt Johnston. I found that this was a very good learning technique as it enabled myself and my peers to understand the different aspects of a good and a bad presentation. Below are my notes from this seminar that included points from the YouTube video “Steve Jobs 2005 Stanford Commencement Address”.

  • Presentations can be used for:
    • Business
    • Sales
    • Training
    • And can be either oral or multimedia
  • “Someone said that presenting is like a box of chocolates, I just end up picking the coffee cream”
  • Use relevant quotes
  • Don’t apologise at the beginning of your presentation – act confident
  • Introduce the topic before you start
    • Who?
    • What?
    • Why?
  • Have a confident tone of voice
  • Use bullet points and elaborate
  • Have a hard copy in case there are technical problems or if you want to give a handout
  • Use sub-categories so that there isn’t too much information on one slide – put them on different slides
  • Provide it afterwards on an open area such as Coventry University  Moodle
  • You need to have an active audience
  • Highlight key words, either through font or through audio
  • Don’t move on to the next slide too fast, the audience need to digest
  • You should rehearse as much as possible – think about the order
  • Spell check your presentation and get someone to read through it
  • Turn down the light as this makes the audience relax
  • Make sure all audience members can see the presentation

“Steve Jobs” 2005 Stanford Commencement

  • He is a story teller
  • “Something in the air” – single headline – sets a direction
  • Set the theme – make it clear and consistent
  • Provide the outline – open and close each section
  • Show enthusiasm – words e.g. amazing
  • Sell an experience
  • Analogies help audience understand
  • Make it visual
  • Paint a simple picture
  • Give them a show
  • Identify memorable moment
  • Rehearse
  • “One more thing” – audience feels they have had a bonus
  • “Make a presentation like Steve Jobs” – YouTube

 

Assignment 2: MY Presentation:

Lee Friedlander, Robert Frank, Danny Lyons, Richard Avedon: Social Landscape

  • 10 minute presentation – End of this module
  • Nominated group of photographers and theme
  • Preparation
    • Gives confidence
    • Feel relaxed
    • We will get nervous!!!
      • Voice projection
      • Focus on one person – for example, a friend – they can give positive body language
  • Slow down/pausing means that we will have less to present
  • Expand
  • Breathing! – take a deep breath and take your time
  • Plan what happens if it goes wrong
  • Make it interesting and entertaining
  • Make it slightly different
  • Introduction
    • Theme
    • You
    • What you are going to talk about
    • Photographers you’ve studied
    • Humour – appropriate jokes
    • Key points
      • Define purpose/set theme
      • Gather content and presentation ideas
      • Structure the subject matter
      • Develop how to present it
      • Prepare presentation
      • Practice
      • Plan, experience, control the environment
      • REHEARSE
      • Near the end of the presentation, have summary
      • End on a relevant quote
      • 10% of your presentation can be other peoples work
      • 1 minute of YouTube videos and nothing more
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