Saturday, 13 April 2013

Sharpening of skills: Powerpoint slides & Presentation design

Delivering a speech in public needs more skills and I have yet to come across a person who prefer to deliver the presentation in stead of listening, but I've always taken heart that the more one practice the better it gets.

If you would like to sharpen your skills in designing powerful PowerPoint presentations, check out Training with Duarte and tools and resources, which list a few videos, including Five Rules for Creating Great Presentations

 Three rules to remember according to Duarte are:

The client is king

Let them see the message
Spread the message

I'd like to try out using Twitter comment on powerpoint next time I'm having a class for a training session.... never heard of this till now... use Twitter in PowerPoint with Poll Everywhere, you can invite people to tweet a short comment directly to your slide in real-time, ... it will be pick it up as fast as Twitter allows.

The online Stand Up, Speak Out book with its 18 chapters on public speaking has been a great help to me when I had to prepare for a presentation last year. A true lifeline this one! but it seems one now has to buy it?! Would have loved to hear what you think.

The following was shared during a workshop that I attended >

 When delivering a presentation:
7% of meaning is in the words that are spoken
38% of meaning is paralinguistic (the way that the words are said).
55% of meaning is in the visual

In the end it needs practice as well, so as to eliminate that which doesn't work.

Source: Haroun, Faika. 2012. Powerpoint: Managing the content for effective presentation. Stellenbosch: Stellenbosch University Language Centre.


  1. Interesting statistics which you provided when doing a presentation. The 55% says it all that yes, the presentation must be visual.One must take heed of this but also not ignore the percentages. All the factors contribute to an effective presentation.
    The Twitter feed on presentations, that is a very interesting application, basically live comments while presenting, personally would not chance it.If ever you make use of this application you should blog about it, keep us informed.

  2. Hmmm, I hear you. I'd like to try the Twitter feed on presentations in a class presentation though, as it may help to bring out & share questions students may have with the rest of the class…and getting them actively engaged and sharpen their attention via a web 2.0 medium - by using Twitter in the information literacy classroom. If it doesn't work I can always tell them we'd take another route for questions