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The Technology Context – B101

Presentation techniques

Academic year 2011/12



Objectives:
  1. Planning presentations
  2. Writing presentations
  3. Delivering presentations






Presentation skills are important




"As much as technology transforms the world, as powerful as all these peer-to-peer or social networks are becoming, the most important network is still composed of real, live people dealing with one another face-to-face. Showing up in person still matters. It's true in friendship. It's true in business. It's true in music. When certain people walk into a room, molecules change, energy shifts – and things start to happen."

    – Lyor Cohen is Chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group's Recorded Music operations (appointed July 20, 2011)






Planning presentations



These suggestions are adapted from an article by Doc Searls. He wrote it in 1998 and it's still relevant and powerful.

Start with the end

So where does Bill Patrick (an architect) start, working unassisted by computer? "I start with the light," he says. "I say 'where do we want the light?'" We wanted our light coming from the direction of our hilltop view toward San Francisco Bay. We also wanted to enjoy that light outdoors as well as inside the house. The result is a lot of glass on every floor facing the Bay, and a deck or balcony outside every room on the Bay side the house. The roof is nearly flat, to maximize interior space within the local limits on roof height above grade, and the whole thing is not only beautiful, but unlike anything else, anywhere. It expresses Bill's art, and it reflects our original intentions.

Source: Searls, D. (1998). It's the story, stupid. Retrieved from http://www.searls.com/present.html


Source: modus31. (2009, October 14). AIA pennsylvania awards house equanimity with top architectural prize. [Web log comment]. Retrieved from http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/aia_pennsylvania_awards_house_equanimity_with_top_architectural_price






Planning presentations



These suggestions are adapted from an article by Doc Searls. He wrote it in 1998 and it's still relevant and powerful.

Make it personal

Presentations are personal. You're the one giving the presentation, not your company. Your audience won't buy into what you're saying unless you buy into your own purpose in being there. It's about trust. People trust honesty, and it's a lot easier for a human being to express honesty than it is for a company.

Source: Searls, D. (1998). It's the story, stupid. Retrieved from http://www.searls.com/present.html


Source: Day in pictures: 25 april 2011. (2011). [HTML] Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-13186705






Planning presentations



These suggestions are adapted from an article by Doc Searls. He wrote it in 1998 and it's still relevant and powerful.

Find the story

Nothing is more interesting than a story. In fact, just about everything interesting is a story of some kind. Stories are what make news. They are also what make war, sports, love and money. You have a story to tell. If you don't tell it, you'll lose your audience.

Source: Searls, D. (1998). It's the story, stupid. Retrieved from http://www.searls.com/present.html








Writing presentations



Use an outline

Source: Jessica. (2010, September 15). Treasure maps. [Web log comment]. Retrieved from http://hopeistheanchor.blogspot.com/2010/09/treasure-maps.html






Writing presentations



Write newspaper headlines



Source: Education top stories. (2011, November 14). The Guardian. Retrieved from http://www.guardian.co.uk/education






Writing presentations



Select graphics for emphasis



Source: McVeigh, T. (2011, November 13). Child poverty warning as cuts threaten to close 3,500 sure start centres. The Guardian. Retrieved from http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/nov/13/sure-start-cuts-threat







Writing presentations



Use examples and comparisons







Delivering presentations