Presentations
Why we switch off
Conor Mc Elhinney
!
Why you’re here
is
simple
Too many boring
presentations
Bored Audience
Bored Audience = Distracted Audience
Bored Audience = Distracted Audience
Bored Audience = Distracted Audience
I’m at a
presentatio
n
Bored Audience = Distracted Audience
No it’s CRA
P
What does this slide tell us?
That the presenter doesn’t care
Garr Reynolds
Garr Reynolds
What would presenters do today?
Garr Reynolds
Garr Reynolds
We know
Better Exists
This talk
This talk
Common Sense
Common Practice
Developing a
SKILL
Not using a Tool
We start here
Then grab slides
What to do?
Research, learn
and apply skills
Visual
Presenting
Story
Telling
Design
Preparation
Skills
Simplify
Creativity
Build a philosophy
or
Build an ideology
or
Build an understanding of presenting
With these skills
Whats my philosopy?
“To positively
impact the majority
of the audience.”
Why do we present?
phone
Video
Conference
papers
video
Communication
websites
email
posters
meetings
Alternatives?
Why
present?
Feedback
Sell
yourself
An idea
Excite
Test out
new ideas
Draw
Attention
To connect with a large audience
GET
ATTENTION
and keep it
Slides are an aide
We’re afraid
So we
create
Who is this for?
This isn’t a conclusion
“If you’re not prepared to
be wrong, you’ll never
come up with anything
original.”
- Sir Ken Robinson
What next
S C O P E
DEPTH
Scope
Depth
Scope
Depth
scope OR depth
Scope
Time
Typical presentation
Scope
Intro
Conclusion
Detail
Time
Typical presentations
A better
way
Scope
Time
A presentation heartbeat
What is?
Whats crap about now?
Nancy Duarte
What will be?
What amazing things will
the future hold?
How can WE
get there?
Audience is royalty
We pitch at expert
If we’re lucky
Blow them away with details
But my
topic is
complicated
#3 talk
#3 talk
NEUROSCIENCE
Audience is royalty
What are they like?
Why are  
they here?
What do  
you want  
from them?
How can  
you best  
reach them?
How might  
they resist?
Pretty Pictures
We give the audience a bad choice
• You see, when you read out loud the exact text that is on
the screen the audience will...
Attention
Not
Distraction
Vision
dominates
brain
50%
Change
Colour
Change
Position
Change
Form
Movement
Preattentive attributes
Spot the difference
Pictures!
aide!
memory
Visual thinking
200,000!
Years older
Written thinking
Picture only
Text only
0%
50%
Recognition
John Medina
100
%
Hear a piece of information, in 3
days you’ll remember 10%
Add a picture and you’ll
remember 65%
Rule of thumb
John Medina
We’re doing
it wrong
Preparation
Whats my process
Audience
Purpose  
Goals
Content
Slides
Practice
Signal
Noise
HEADER
Use the
full slide
Contact:  conormce@cs.nuim.ie  
Whitespace is
your friend
Structure / Consistency
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For displaying lots of text like
sentences, use Serif fonts
Georgia
HEADLINES!
Sans Serif
GILL SANS
Fonts
Always
engadget
Why 3D?
Charles Arthur
To obscure information
49%
0%
RIM
Other
Apple
Palm
Nokia
Motorola
Same info different takehome
One Slide
ONE POINT
Communicate an
idea not show
details
References:
1)
!
Detailed description:
The background to this ....
!
Slides
Presenter !
notes
Details
Handouts
“Be clear first and
clever second. If you
have to throw one of
those out, throw out
clever.”
- Jason Fried
Design!
not
Decorate
Main Point
Main Point
Main Point
Repetition
Photoshop
Tools
“If your presentation is
done well, people will
not notice or care what
software you used.”
- Garr Reynolds
brain rules
slide:ology
Now you see
it
presentation
zen
John Medina Nancy Duarte Stephen Few Garr Reynolds
Presenting is a
SKILL
Its not about the Tool
conormc@gmail.com
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Presenting - Why we switch off

We've all sat through too many presentations that bore us to tears.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Published in: Technology      Business      
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Transcripts - Presenting - Why we switch off

  • 1. Presentations Why we switch off Conor Mc Elhinney !
  • 2. Why you’re here is simple
  • 3. Too many boring presentations
  • 4. Bored Audience
  • 5. Bored Audience = Distracted Audience
  • 6. Bored Audience = Distracted Audience
  • 7. Bored Audience = Distracted Audience I’m at a presentatio n
  • 8. Bored Audience = Distracted Audience No it’s CRA P
  • 9. What does this slide tell us?
  • 10. That the presenter doesn’t care
  • 11. Garr Reynolds
  • 12. Garr Reynolds What would presenters do today?
  • 13. Garr Reynolds
  • 14. Garr Reynolds
  • 15. We know Better Exists
  • 16. This talk
  • 17. This talk Common Sense Common Practice
  • 18. Developing a SKILL Not using a Tool
  • 19. We start here
  • 20. Then grab slides
  • 21. What to do? Research, learn and apply skills
  • 22. Visual Presenting Story Telling Design Preparation Skills Simplify Creativity
  • 23. Build a philosophy or Build an ideology or Build an understanding of presenting With these skills
  • 24. Whats my philosopy? “To positively impact the majority of the audience.”
  • 25. Why do we present?
  • 26. phone Video Conference papers video Communication websites email posters meetings Alternatives?
  • 27. Why present?
  • 28. Feedback Sell yourself An idea Excite Test out new ideas Draw Attention To connect with a large audience
  • 29. GET ATTENTION and keep it
  • 30. Slides are an aide
  • 31. We’re afraid
  • 32. So we create
  • 33. Who is this for?
  • 34. This isn’t a conclusion
  • 35. “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” - Sir Ken Robinson
  • 36. What next
  • 37. S C O P E DEPTH
  • 38. Scope Depth Scope Depth scope OR depth
  • 39. Scope Time Typical presentation
  • 40. Scope Intro Conclusion Detail Time Typical presentations
  • 41. A better way
  • 42. Scope Time A presentation heartbeat
  • 43. What is? Whats crap about now? Nancy Duarte
  • 44. What will be? What amazing things will the future hold?
  • 45. How can WE get there?
  • 46. Audience is royalty
  • 47. We pitch at expert
  • 48. If we’re lucky
  • 49. Blow them away with details
  • 50. But my topic is complicated
  • 51. #3 talk
  • 52. #3 talk NEUROSCIENCE
  • 53. Audience is royalty What are they like?
  • 54. Why are   they here?
  • 55. What do   you want   from them?
  • 56. How can   you best   reach them?
  • 57. How might   they resist?
  • 58. Pretty Pictures
  • 59. We give the audience a bad choice • You see, when you read out loud the exact text that is on the screen the audience will notice this.! ! • Now if you are doing this its pretty likely that you will lose the interest of some of the audience. Those that are still attentive have two options at this stage; listen to you or read off the screen. ! ! • Most will read off the screen as they realise that they can read faster than you can talk. So if you do this you’ve managed to get all of your audience to just listen to you or to just read the text or do neither! Contact:  conormce@cs.nuim.ie
  • 60. Attention Not Distraction
  • 61. Vision dominates brain 50%
  • 62. Change Colour Change Position Change Form Movement Preattentive attributes
  • 63. Spot the difference
  • 64. Pictures! aide! memory
  • 65. Visual thinking 200,000! Years older Written thinking
  • 66. Picture only Text only 0% 50% Recognition John Medina 100 %
  • 67. Hear a piece of information, in 3 days you’ll remember 10%
  • 68. Add a picture and you’ll remember 65%
  • 69. Rule of thumb John Medina
  • 70. We’re doing it wrong
  • 71. Preparation
  • 72. Whats my process Audience
  • 73. Purpose   Goals
  • 74. Content
  • 75. Slides
  • 76. Practice
  • 77. Signal Noise
  • 78. HEADER Use the full slide Contact:  conormce@cs.nuim.ie
  • 79. Whitespace is your friend
  • 80. Structure / Consistency
  • 81. Light Med Dark ! 26 248 255 ! 0 124 128 ! 0 62 64 Light Med Dark ! 38 158 255 ! 0 82 149 ! 0 41 74 Light Med Dark ! 236 58 62 ! 138 13 16 ! 69 6 8 Light Med Dark ! Colour scheme 232 162 112 ! 202 103 32 ! 101 52 16
  • 82. For displaying lots of text like sentences, use Serif fonts Georgia HEADLINES! Sans Serif GILL SANS Fonts
  • 83. Always
  • 84. engadget Why 3D?
  • 85. Charles Arthur To obscure information
  • 86. 49% 0% RIM Other Apple Palm Nokia Motorola Same info different takehome
  • 87. One Slide ONE POINT
  • 88. Communicate an idea not show details
  • 89. References: 1) ! Detailed description: The background to this .... ! Slides Presenter ! notes Details Handouts
  • 90. “Be clear first and clever second. If you have to throw one of those out, throw out clever.” - Jason Fried
  • 91. Design! not Decorate
  • 92. Main Point Main Point Main Point Repetition
  • 93. Photoshop Tools
  • 94. “If your presentation is done well, people will not notice or care what software you used.” - Garr Reynolds
  • 95. brain rules slide:ology Now you see it presentation zen John Medina Nancy Duarte Stephen Few Garr Reynolds
  • 96. Presenting is a SKILL Its not about the Tool conormc@gmail.com

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