I would suggest reading Godin's "Bad PowerPoint" and similar blog posts.
There is another book I consult sometimes called "They Snooze, You Lose" (I
put a link to the Google Books page so you can see most of it). They
really give you an idea of how to best create effective presentations.
Also, if you can and have an Apple, invest in Keynote. PowerPoint is
clumsy whereas Keynote really allows you to make beautiful slides and drop
in media effectively and easily.
Since I make presentations everyday to students - I focus on visually
stimulating slides with minimal text. If you have a lot of text, don't
shove it on one slide with bullet points, divide it up over several slides,
each with a nice graphic, highlight the keywords and edit to the bare
minimum. Take advantage of the presenters notes feature or print out your
notes. I try to write keywords rather than full sentences so I don't fall
into reading it.
Godin's Really Bad PowerPoint: http://bit.ly/1d5Ghbx
They Snooze Book in Google Books; http://bit.ly/1ijkpt3
Also, if you have a second, I created a Facebook fan page based on the work
Malcolm Rockwell and I have been doing over the last 10 years on the
Gennett Discography. It has a daily "This day in Gennett Records History"
with music, video, photos and artifacts, plus additional content. I am
working on 'simulcasting' these posts on a blog and Twitter, but they are
currently 'under construction' and don't look as nice as I would want.
Here are the links. Please like, share, comment, etc if this might be
something you would enjoy. Feedback, ideas, corrections, ambiguities are
always welcome. Charlie
Gennett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GennettRecords
Gennett Blog (Under Construction) - http://gennett.wordpress.com/
Gennett Twitter: https://twitter.com/GennettRecords
Professor, Recoding Industry
Middle Tennessee State University
On Sat, Nov 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM, Richard L. Hess
<[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> On 2013-11-16 11:56 AM, Malcolm Rockwell wrote:
>> This isn't me!
>> I gave a presentation at ARSC years back and felt I completely failed. I
>> had lots of interesting slides but a public speaker I'm not. I wrote and
>> then spoke the presentation, taped it and then transcribed it (with
>> corrections). Then I practiced it till I was comfortable with it. When
>> presentation time came I got so nervous I ended up reading the damn
>> thing and even bored myself! It's a good thing I didn't get up there
>> with no notes at all. Sheesh!
>> What gets me is I'm not a bad extemporaneous speaker and my tang usually
>> doesn't get tungled in my eyeteeth when speaking with friends, but I'm a
>> flop at prepared public presentations. And that despite the fact I was a
>> professional musician for years.
>> I really do appreciate those that are good at it, though.
> While I am not great at public speaking, I think I've gotten better at it
> when I focus less on exactly what I'm going to say, but make certain I have
> the high points in the PowerPoint.
> I talk about the stuff I'm usually speaking about until I'm blue in the
> face so when I get up in front of a group, I think of it almost like a
> conversation and am relaxed.
> Fussing with a playback device is never a joy and lately I've taken to
> using my Sound Devices 722 so I can play 96/24 clips, and that is a
> distraction as it's not as straightforward as a CD.
> Ed Simon's recent talk to the PNW section of the AES which is available as
> an MP3 somewhere (sorry, I downloaded it and didn't keep the link) is a
> fairly good example (as much as I've heard) of what I'm talking about.
> Sadly, my AES-Toronto section presentation was not recorded or archived as
> most of my playback material is copyrighted.
> My older son's girlfriend is singing at a jury today and one of her
> friends reminded her, that it's you vs. you up there. In many ways, we are
> our own worst enemies when it comes to public speaking. Over-prepping and
> worrying about the last word will (in my experience) create a horribly
> tense and boring presentation.
> I honestly don't know how politicians do it as well as they do (Rob Ford
> -- Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask], Ontario, Canada 647
> 479 2800 http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm Quality tape
> transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.