Good afternoon class,
Just wanted to highlight some important points from the readings (and video) we were assigned to read for class today.
The first link, Creating Quality Handouts, gave many good points why using handouts are important when presenting to an audience. Though you may feel that people will throw away your handout, many people will actually take the time to read it if it is a well-designed handout. As a presenter, it creates a positive impression before the presentation begins, it keeps the audience’s attention focused on the subject, it simplifies and navigates complex information, and it provides the audience with a good summary and review. As an audience member, you can concentrate on the idea without having to take notes, you can hear, see and apply the presentation, you can retain new ideas longer, and you can find the information when you need it at a later time.
The second link, How to write a Presentation Handout: 5 Effective Ideas, clearly explained five effective things to keep in mind while creating a presentation handout
1. Keep it to one page
People are more likely to read something that is short
2. Keep your presentation story-line
Don’t introduce new elements, stick to the story.
3. Use images if you can
Pictures make it easier for people to associate the presentation to
4. Add some “further reading”
Add a further reading section to the handout in case people are
interested in learning more about additional information that cannot be
given in the presentation
5. Add contact detail
People won’t associate handout with a business card so it is always good
to put information about you on the handout
After learning about handouts, now it’s time to summarize articles on the use, or when Not to use PowerPoint . This article gives seven reasons when not to use PowerPoint. I’m not going to extensively talk about each one of the reasons, but what I gathered from this article was that when you don’t have a lot of time to prepare or to deliver a presentation, you should avoid using a PowerPoint. When you want to connect with your audience on an emotional and personal level, avoid using PowerPoint. When you want audience participation, avoid using PowerPoint.
The article, Speech Critiques, explains why we should study other speakers and use video critiques. I think that it is a good idea to video tape yourself before presenting in front of a live audience. This way you will see what your tendencies are when speaking. For example, some people have a bad habit of using their hands too much for emphasis, or not moving their hands at all. As well as using video for practicing, it is also good to record your presentation when you are giving it in class. That way, you can refer to precise moments from the presentation. It is also a good idea to study and evaluate the techniques of other speakers. You can incorporate your own style of speaking as well as other ideas you may have learned from watching someone else.