Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Making Presentations: Follow TED Talk Guidelines

At Attorney at Work, attorney Theda Snyder  advises us to pattern our speaking presentations according to TED Talk Guidelines. Those guidelines are:

  • Use lots of visuals. Engage      your audience with images, photos, graphs, freehand drawings or videos,      not words. You want your audience listening, not reading.
  • One thing per slide. To the      extent you feel compelled to use text, don’t use more than one idea per      PowerPoint slide or flip chart page — no bullet point lists. (If this      column were a TED talk, each idea would be shown by a picture on a      separate PowerPoint slide.)
  • Use a sans serif font. Use      something like Arial, not Times New Roman. TED recommends a      font size of at least 42 points, which doesn’t leave room for a lot of      words on a projection screen.
  • Provide new information      to your audience. If you are telling them what they already know, you      are wasting their time.
  • Don’t use notes. You      should be familiar enough with your topic that the visuals prompt you to      remember what to say. Rehearse!

At least for me, I need some notes, but otherwise, good advice. You can read more here.


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Translation: Either dumb it down or have 3,000 slides, if dealing with something specific (engineering, computer programming, tax) rather than something theoretical and conceptual. But, as I recall what TED is about, it's all about generalities and concepts.

Posted by: James Edward Maule | Apr 10, 2014 8:56:00 AM

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