Archive for the ‘visual aids’ Category

A small task

February 28, 2009

jukebox on whiteThis week I have a small task for you. I would like you to choose one of the three options below to complete.

Option 1

Find your favorite piece of music and listen to the piece, write down why you like it. Do you like the tempo, the highs and lows is it the chords that are used or the words? Think about what attracts you to this particular song.

Option 2

Watch your favorite movie and as above, write down what you like about the story, is it the characters, is it the drama or excitement, how does the story start and end.

Option 3

Read your favorite book, poem or story and as with the film look at where the story starts, how are the characters described? what words are used and how does the story end.

You may be wondering why I’ve set you this task but over the next few weeks all will be revealed. We’ll be looking at why particular pieces attract us and how we can use similar principles and styles in our public speaking.

Keep speaking – Carrol

The Point to Powerpoint

March 27, 2008

Yesterday I attended a meeting and the speaker was using powerpoint as his visual aid. At one point I thought I was there for an eye examination as the type was so small I had to really concentrate on what was up there, and so today I thought I would mention a little bit about powerpoint.

Remember to ask yourself why you are using powerpoint, is it to cover up the fact that you haven’t prepared well enough for your presentation. Visual aids are only there to assist your message, not be the message.

  • When using powerpoint use Sans Serif fonts because we are use to seeing blocks of text with this font from reading newspapers.
  • Use 30 point text – this is not too big or too small for the eyes
  • Use no more than 6 words per line, and no more than 6 lines per page
  • Use colour wisely – yellow and pink may look good on the computer screen but not when shown on a larger screen.

Remember that people can read what is on the screen quicker then you can speak, so you may have to reveal information a step at a time.

I love this clip on youtube, it is from comedian Don McMillan on How NOT to use powerpoint.

If the link doesn’t work, you can go to youtube and search for the clip, trust me, it is well worth the effort.