Presentation Approaches

Mind maps are Messier. Yeah, this is a slightly messy visual thing. I accept it completely. Yeah. But in the mess is the beauty. Because there’s the association. And there’s what I would call learning between the lines. Yeah, you know, how people used to say they could read between the lines on something or in the old Soviet Union, people would read newspapers, and they would actually be getting a different news from what they’re actually reading, because they will be reading between the lines, they will be interpreting what was actually on the page. And you know, very much in online courses, were reading between the lines in a good presentation, okay. But you know, to break down some of the types of slides now, you know, you could be using PowerPoint or slide bean or Keynote or Prezi, or blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. But let’s just talk for a moment about actually, what are the kind of underpinnings of the types of slides or the types of things we want to show on the screen? Yeah. And so you know, concepts very often It’s a single word. You know, Steve Jobs was the first guy to really understand how to use this in presentational experiences, think about all the apple keynotes, you know, and very often one word in the middle of the screen about which jobs is focusing on circling his presentation. Yeah. So very often with concepts less is more in terms of what you’re actually showing on the screen. Go for minimalism and then with your explanation or presentation of it with a you obviously Richard up and come at it from different angles and saw and different perspectives. come at it with different pacing come at it from different you know, different use cases, if you like, bring the thing alive. But allow the stare to be to be very simple on the screen, not reams of text. Yeah. Ideas are often very well expressed with images. And you know, through this module you’ll you’ll see me using various often, but one thing or a few things to keep in mind, perhaps First of all photos versus factors, often we have a choice between graphical style images or photo style images. Keep in mind that very often photos have more humanity, they have more warmth, they have more interest particularly faces, people, then vector style images, vector images often feels safe, they feel you know, somehow this is this must be professional, this must be you know, this is graphical, this is what I should be showing, but very often the the net effect is actually to reduce the engagement to reduce the involvement because they’re not human. Yeah theming of images, thinking about sometimes sequences of images that run in a series, which have a cohesive theme. So, for example, I could have been using for example, mountaineering and you know, kind of climbing and hiking style images in a theme to illustrate this particular module as a way to start to build a theme in, if that theme makes sense within what it is you’re teaching, if it speaks really quite directly and you allude to it, you make direct metaphorical references to it. You know, you use the architecture of that. And the and the iconography event in your teaching, then then a series or theme of images inside a presentation can work really, really well. But very often with images. What I’m looking for is I’m looking for an iconic image, you know, more often than not even in quite a long module, and this one will end up being 45 minutes or 15 minutes. But more often than not, there’s one central idea that I really want to make sure you get that I really want to make sure it comes across. And so I will be looking for an iconic image that I will put in an important place, more often than not first, and perhaps a little Last inside the module to actually loop it around, I’ll be looking for that iconic image around which some images will sort of will float, serving the iconic image. But that you know that there might be something that I’ve banged on about, you know, verbally and just teaching you again and again and again. But I’ll be looking for the iconic image to give depth and to layer that, to bring that alive to actually to give it an extra resonance. Yeah. And so I’ll be looking for one image that basically speaks to what I’m doing, and try to try to use that either at the stage that I’m actually teaching or perhaps inside the editing of the module, where I’m actually you know, again, bringing the whole thing alive. Yeah. We have a process process style stuff. So very, more often than not, this is infographics. I use a software called vis me, really, really good, but you know, things where you have flows or steps or sequences or you know, where you need to present a whole process more Not infographic style imagery is really, really good and geeky stuff. Yeah. Charts, statistics, data metrics. Yeah, more often than not, it’s going to be a chart. Humor helps a bit. Yeah. You know, if if you’re not carrying it with your own performance, then or perhaps to augment it with gifts, yeah, and stuff like that. But that wouldn’t necessarily carry the humor, if the humor is not intrinsic in what you’re actually doing. Okay? Association connectivity, gives me connectivity. As I say, mind maps are fabulous for this. Because they actually people see the different elements on the screen, they see the links, they see the connections, their mind start to make their own connections. Frankly, there’s nothing like a mind map to actually bring connectivity and associate associative ideas, linked ideas, linked things together into a presentation. And then there’s a type of collage which more often than not as a kind of digital scrapbooking where you’re thinking Throwing images together to build a composite hole. And you know, this can be random, but it can be, you know, it can have run the risk of being random. But if you get it right, it can be quite effective. So for example, if you were teaching about a society and a particular phenomenon in society, a collage of faces or collage of locations put together in one image might actually be a very, very nice way of bringing that to life.