Avoid Death by PowerPoint, Not PowerPoint: Transforming Lecture Slides & Briefings

John W. Warren

Session Information

Year: 2017 | Time: 11:20am-12:00pm | Location: PRESENTATION 2-A: Johnson Center (Room F)

Abstract

BRIEF SESSION DESCRIPTION:

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FULL ABSTRACT: Delivering effective lectures helps to keep your students engaged while giving presentations is an essential skill in today’s academic and professional environments. “Death by PowerPoint” is when your lectures, conference presentations, or professional briefings bore your audience and perhaps even put them to sleep. The problem is not PowerPoint—the issue is using the tool to deliver an effective lecture or presentation that engages your audience.  This brief primer on presentation skills shows how to rethink and transform your lecture and presentation slides and tell a story that connects to the needs of your audience.

A good presentation is an effective blend of visuals and narrative. It’s essential to tell a good story and deliver it with confidence.

This brief primer on presentation skills shows how to rethink and transform your lecture and presentation slides and tell a story that connects to the needs of your audience.

This approach to lectures, presentations, and briefings combines an analytical/informative style used at the RAND Corporation and the storytelling approach used in TED Talks. It covers common mistakes, effective principles of presentations, uses of animation and builds that focus attention and illustrate your points, and ways to present your material in online courses or webinars. 

You may decide to submit a proposal to an important conference, be asked to deliver a presentation for a job interview, or be invited to deliver an important keynote address. Either way, the skills you learn in this workshop will be helpful in creating more engaging presentations. Faculty will learn how to transform lectures and presentation slides and tell a story that connects to the needs of your audience. You'll learn effective principles of presentations, uses of animation and builds that focus students' attention and illustrate your points, and ways to present your material in online courses or webinars.

Keywords

digital tools; student engagement

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