How many BAD PowerPoint slide decks have you seen and been forced to endure, relative to truly compelling multimedia presentations? My lifetime PPT history includes (unfortunately) far more bad examples than good ones. Perhaps authors of PowerPoint (or more generically we should probably say, “multimedia presentation slideshows”) could benefit from Comedian Don McMillian’s suggestions:
My favorite blog which addresses presentation design issues is Presentation Zen. The posts “Learning from Bill Gates & Steve Jobs,” “Gates, Jobs, & the Zen aesthetic,” “Bill Gates and visual complexity,” and “The “Lessig Method” of presentation” are all good references for additional tips along these lines. If you have seen me present with a multimedia slideshow you’ve probably seen the influence of these ideas on my own approach toward presentations. Give me a few key words with some powerful images to emphasize your points, and you’ll capture my attention as well as imagination much more effectively than you can with a slide deck full of bulleted points, graphs and statistics. Dan McMillian makes that point well with some humor (always a plus if shared in good taste) in this four minute video.
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- New Media Literacies by Vanessa Vartabedian - 2010
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- Professional Development Opportunities Over Video via the CILC - 2009
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