Friday, June 10, 2011

Stuff about School in the Summer: My Homework to Prepare to Teach Speech and Debate Class


Lifehacker's Melane Pinola lists several elements that plague sucky presentations.
Problem 1: Too many ideas on one slide
Problem 2: Cliches and Clipart
Problem 3: Lack of emphasis
Problem 4: Random design choices
Problem 5: No relationship to the audience
Pinola also offers several solutions.  First,
Remember this mnemonic: SLIDE

Simplify
Lose the cliches
Information needs emphasis
Designate elements
Empathy for the audience
More importantly,
Incorporate Storytelling Structure into Presentations for Added Drama and Effectiveness.

The best presentations and speeches share a lot in common with stories: they move you with a mix of drama and tension, taking you from the status quo to what could be—your ideas blissfully realized. . . ,but basically you can make your presentation more engaging—even cinematic—by using a storytelling framework.
Most of this is pretty basic.  Coaches tell debaters to tell the judge a simple story before every round.  It's the simple, basic elements that usually cause the most problems, however.  This article was a fortuitous reminder

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