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Maria Bonner Production II 2014 Dr. Joseph Martinelli

presentationzen Reflections Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery

Garr Reynolds 2 nd Edition


Presentationzen Introduction Designing and delivering a message to an audience needs to be understandable and appealing to captivate that audience. Live discussions need to be enhanced by imagery and appropriate multimedia. When a PowerPoint is presented during a faculty meeting at my school, the staff becomes disengaged because communication is wordy and read like a paper document. I would never suggest or criticize my employer’s presentations but I can definitely make sure mine are more visual, more natural and simpler with attractive imagery. Modeling this type of presentation to colleagues and/or students will become an effective way to teach this approach. Presentationzen Preparation In a classroom, no matter what type of project students are required to complete, working with restrictions (guidelines) are necessary. In a visual presentation, restrictions are also necessary. It is great to be a risk-taker in all aspects of learning, problem solving and creative expression; however, it is also important to show power and refinement instead of ostentatious multimedia presentation. When planning a lesson, I think of the objective and the assessment. Then, the procedure needs to be clearly stated and followed so that the assessment shows that the objective has been met. When planning a visual presentation, I need to understand the focus and the purpose of the presentation (the “BIG” picture). Once I understand it, I can prepare my points and how to make it memorable for the audience. Now that I have the focus and purpose, I must keep in mind that simplicity allows clear and direct attention. Since I am an analog type planner, I prefer to write notes, use index cards and have steps visibly written before meeting the computer. Finally, crafting the story by replacing parts, removing parts, using examples and stories that tap into emotions, will keep the audience captivated with a clear focus on the core message Because I saw appropriate examples in text and on screen, I would be able to keep the zen aesthetics approach in mind to create an unforgettable visual presentation. Presentationzen Design In my kitchen, I have a sign hanging that states Live Simply. HGTV sparks creativity and surprises people with makeovers, additions and suggestions amplifying “less is more.” I mention these two thoughts because simplicity matters when planning, creating and presenting to an audience; however being too simple will not be effective either. Balance is the key and using principles of design presentation or techniques will benefit effectiveness.


When I was creating the author visit (Jeopardy game show champion Ken Jennings) multimedia presentation, I thought about the visuals and the effectiveness it would be for the third and fourth grade students who were viewing it. First I made sure that I used solid backgrounds with simple images showing enhancement such as glow, soft edges and rotation. I incorporated a 30 second music tune of the game show Jeopardy and a YouTube video of a final Jeopardy segment that Ken had won. My drabble was part of this slide presentation which gave pertinent background information about the visitor. Otherwise, I made sure that I had no bullets or sentences but words and phrases to make the slides concise and focused. I did add movement to images but it was done subtly without grandiose. When I was creating the multimedia presentation for my Colonial Times lesson, A Day in the Life of a Colonial Child, certain restraints were kept in mind. This presentation was part of the lesson so it was short and snappy and to the point. Graphics were simple, enhanced and focused. Incorporating the video to be viewed gave background knowledge in order to complete the compare/contrast task that was asked of the students. Overall, the presentation was effective for the lesson and meaningful for the audience. Presentationzen Delivery Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated? This quote by David Bader made me chuckle and think about daily life, not just a visual presentation. How many times did you have a conversation person-to-person or on the phone and the conversation feels disengaging? But when a person shares a visual presentation, the audience needs to be connected, engaged and interested with the presenter as well as the presentation. As an analog type person, I write down points, comments and remarks that I feel are important and then I read, reread and practice out loud over and over and over again. Because of nervousness and anxiety taking over, the presentation may not go according to plan, but the more practice, the more confident I feel to present. I tend to be a humorous person in conversations and comments so using a personal story, joke or remark during the presentation only makes it charming and pleasing for viewers. Also, I am a talker so it is utterly important that I stay focused on topic and do not get distracted and disconnect myself from the presentation. If I am planned and prepared, I never have a problem presenting. Presentationzen Next Step This book was engaging, informative and interesting to read. Whatever presentation I see now, I look at it in a different way by analyzing, reflecting and learning because of the suggestions in Garr Reynolds’ book. For me, the next step is to observe presentations to learn more and practice incorporating what I learned. I am looking forward to trying the PechaKucha method (20 slides/20 seconds) with my Enrichment students.

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