Category: Presentation Tips

The Evolution of the Illustrated Prezis

Many people have asked about how we do the illustrations for the Prezi presentations I build, so I thought I’d write a little about the process we go through. I say “we” because the presentations are mine, but I couldn’t do them without the help of an incredibly talented illustrator, Mat Moore. We’ve worked together on illustrating books and presentations for three years now, and I’m pretty sure that Mat can now read my mind. Our process now goes something like this. I call Mat and say “I need a new illustration, as detailed as possible (translation: I’m paying...

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Hate PowerPoint? Here are 5 REAL Alternatives

This post “Hate PowerPoint? Here are 5 Alternatives” from Read/Write Web has been floating around the web this weekend.  With the exception of Prezi (which I will list here as well), this post lists four other programs that are basically PowerPoint clones.  Here’s an alternative set: 1. Prezi – I use Prezi quite a bit, but not all the time.  It is right for presentations that still need a linear flow overall (that’s what the path is … a linear flow).  It is also right when there is a “big picture” that will help you make sense of the...

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Mindmaps for Learning

I’ve been using a web-app called Mindomo for about two years now. With it I am able to map out ideas and create interactive sets of resources in a non-linear fashion. You may have seen some of my resources or been in a presentation where I used one of these maps: Web 2.0 for You Online Calculus Organize Your Digital Self Using the Internet to Spice Up Your Math Class There’s More to the Web than Facebook (for students) I think that using these interactive maps gives three main advantages: If you present with a map, you are no longer forced into a linear presentation and can easily respond and adapt to audience questions. The audience can play along during the presentation, wandering off to explore the areas of the map that interest them most.  This is the same idea behind Edward Tufte’s “supergraphic” – a data-rich resource that the audience becomes engaged with, each person in their own context. The process of creating a mindmap helps to organize resources and ideas, think of applications to ideas, fosters thinking about comparisons and contrasts, and helps you to see the holes where information or resources are missing, all in a very visual manner. It is this third item that has me particularly intrigued.  When I begin building a new presentation, I now find it helpful to organize a mindmap as...

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Designing a Digital Presentation

For the AMATYC presentation on Cognitive Assessments for Math, I began from scratch (no prior slides to pull from). For me, an hour-long presentation will have something like 100-150 slides and it’s way too much to think about in a linear fashion.   You might find this odd, but when I go to design a new digital presentation, I start on paper. I began this presentation with about a hundred quarter-sheets of paper, each with a key phrase, main idea, supporting idea, or statement. I first try to organize these into some kind of cohesive structure – here’s what my first attempt looked like: After some more playing with the structure of the presentation, I settled into three “groupings” that made up the meat of the presentation. You can see remnants of these groupings in the menu-structures of the final presentation. At the initial organization seems right, I think about where I’d like to insert images that might enhance the ideas in the presentation, specific examples that make points, and other minutia. For each of these I make another placeholder sheet and insert it in the proper stack.   This is the point of the narration where I admit how horribly I procrastinated on this presentation. All of this on-paper organization took place prior to leaving the house. I got about 30 slides built at my house, and then...

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Want to give better presentations? Start here.

I’ve been following the Presentation Zen blog for a few weeks now, and I particularly like the idea of using minimal text and an image to provide something for the eyes to rest on while you listen to the presentation. If you have never heard of Presentation Zen, you might want to just watch Garr Reynolds’ Authors@Google presentation for a 45-minute summary about how to do effective PowerPoint. Or read the book, Presentation Zen. Let’s just say that I’m going to be revising a few of the PowerPoint presentations that I have to make them a little less distracting. Possibly Related Posts: The Evolution of the Illustrated Prezis Hate PowerPoint? Here are 5 REAL Alternatives Mindmaps for Learning Designing a Digital Presentation How to Run a PowerPoint NOT in full...

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