On 23/02/2013, Randy A. Riddle wrote:
> I've worked in the field of faculty development and instructional
> technology for almost two decades. Mike has some good suggestions
> that I might expand on.
> On Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 9:47 AM, Michael Biel <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> As a public speaker and educator for fifty years, and a five-time
>> program chair at ARSC conferences, I disagree with just about
>> everything Don Cox said.
>> From: Don Cox <[log in to unmask]>
>>> NEVER read a lecture word for word from a text. Never, EVER.
>> Although I do weekly broadcasts without a script and never used a
>> in the classroom, to not use a text when giving a formal conference
>> presentation, almost without exception, results in a rambling
>> wandering around that tries peoples' patience as they think "get on
>> your point already".
> The way to do this is to use the "Notes" feature of PowerPoint. On
> your slides, put bullet points, illustrations, etc that remind your
> audience of your key points. In the "Notes" area for each slide,
> which you can print out and use during the presentation, you can put
> more detailed notes or a script.
> Some versions of presentation software let you see the notes on your
> screen as your slides are displayed to the audience.
>>> Usually, the slides are enough to remind you what you
>>> are going to say next.
> The slides are for the audience - not you!
No, they are for both. For the audience to look at, and for you as a
>> The sign of a poor public speaker is one who has everything they are
>> going to say up there on the screen in bullet-points. Who needs the
>> speaker when it is on the screen??? The invention of power-point was
>> the worst thing to happen to public speaking -- it should be used
>> PICTURES and DIAGRAMS, never words.
> Words can be effectively used on slides, but judiciously - if you can
> show something you're talking about, show it!
I think PowerPoint sends everyone to sleep. That's why I use PDF files.
>> But your audience might not give a rat's patoot about it, and you
>> have to keep LOGICALLY on your subject so they can understand it. If
>> you know your topic TOO WELL, you might not realize your audience
>> doesn't know squat.
> That's why it's a good idea to run your presentation by a colleague or
> family member that might not be familiar with your work. One tip I
> give faculty is to think about your presentation like telling a story
> with a strong beginning, middle and end - establish where we are and
> what we're doing, the problem we're solving, and the solution, for
> example. Think about the broad outline of what you have to say.
Same as having one or two main points to give shape to the lecture.
>>> If possible, avoid using a microphone. It distances you
>>> from the audience. (It is like a jazz band using a PA setup.)
>> A sure bet that you have not attended professional conferences.
>> are rarely held in "lecture theaters" or theaters of any kind. They
>> held in hotel ballrooms with thirty-foot high ceilings, square or
>> rectangular boxes that have no sound carrying properties whatsoever.
>> You cannot hear someone speaking normally fifteen feet away. This is
>> why 47 different conversations can go on at the same time in these
> And keep in mind that you want to use the mic if the session is being
> recorded or videotaped - I've seen so many recorded presentations
> where the presenter ignored the mic and you can't hear them!
>>> The whole point of a live lecture is that it is directly personal.
>> NO! That is NOT the point of a live lecture. That is the point of a
>> personal conversation over lunch or during the coffee break. Or a
>> of four or five to have a discussion after the presentations. The
>> lecture is to IMPART INFORMATION EFFICIENTLY.
> It's also there to give a larger audience access to your expertise -
> leave time for questions and followup.
>>> 45 minutes is long enough. Regards Don Cox [log in to unmask]
>> Our time slots at ARSC are now, unfortunately, a choice of 20 or 35
>> minutes, which is why several have mentioned to carefully watch your
>> time. Since a good ARSC presentation is giving information that has
>> yet been the subject of Wikipedia or YouTube -- or else is a
>> of the drivel that has been posted and needs to cover details of why
>> those jerks were wrong -- these time slots we have now are often way
>> short. This is why Tom on Thursday night gave a 2-hour version at
>> NYC-ARSC of his 35 minute conference presentation.
> A 20 or 30 minute presentation can work well for a narrow topic - you
> might think of it as a "teaser" at a conference where you can give the
> broad outlines of your work on a project that can pique interest from
> someone to follow up with you individually at the conference.
It would be concentrated on a single main point.
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