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You Are No Longer Allowed To Present

You Are No Longer Allowed To Present | Professional Social Work | Scoop.it

Here are some reasons why your presentations are BAD!   We know that so many of you use programs like PowerPoint or Prezi because they have been around for a while, and it is what you know, but change is not always a bad thing, especially if that change can lead to presentations beyond your wildest imagination. 


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Gavin Meikle's curator insight, March 10, 2014 6:02 AM

A (mostly) great post with some sound advice for better presentations.  Here's my take on it .....
 

Design

At the risk of upsetting all those wonderful Graphic Designers out there, I would recommend going easy on the fancy designs.   They are not essential.  What is essential  is a clear simple strategy with one idea per slide, minimal text, no bullet points (yes I mean it!) and clear simple pictures, graphs and diagrams to illustrate your verbal messages.
 

Content
Developing compelling content is important but try to avoid using a script when you deliver.    reading scripts leads to flat, lifeless delivery and makes it much harder to respond, "on the fly2 to your audience.  Instead use  a few cue cards with key points only or a simple mind map.  Either will keep you on track without restricting your ability to improvise in response to audience reaction.

 

Story Telling
To true. Stories are much more engaging that lists of facts or endless graphs.  Stories also create emotional engagement which is needed if you want the audience to be motivated to do something after the presentation. 

 

Humour
Yes it is powerful but it is risky too.   Telling jokes rarely works and can lead to all sorts of problems (poor timing, inappropriate content etc.)  Instead use gentle self deprecating humour.  Be willing to poke a little fun at yourself and the audience will warm to you. 

Dr. Pamela Rutledge's curator insight, March 10, 2014 10:43 AM

My take on good presentations:  1) Story 2) Content: Restrain your left brain 3) Design: the experience 4) Humor (optional).  Presenting starts with story and uses the visual design to reinforce and add new dimensions to your message. Design the experience, not the slides. Humor works if it's actually funny--not contrived. I've seen a lot that doesn't. Humor is optional.  If it comes naturally, great.  Focusing on story and image is mandatory.  Use serious restraint with putting words on your slides.  Words are processed by the rational, 'left-brain' which takes your audience out of any emotional experience and into thinking and linear processing.  Take them on a journey, don't give them a lecture.  If you feel compelled to give your audience words, give them a handout when you're done. 

rwestby's curator insight, March 10, 2014 11:36 AM

PowToon, a Chrome Web App (in Beta) is a great presentation tool that can animate and jazz up even the most gray of presentations. Upgrades are available for those who like  a bit extra.

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Is the Future of Counseling and Therapy Online?

Is the Future of Counseling and Therapy Online? | Professional Social Work | Scoop.it
Online therapy may help some who cannot or will not go in person.
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Don’t Multitask: Your Brain Will Thank You | TIME.com

Don’t Multitask: Your Brain Will Thank You | TIME.com | Professional Social Work | Scoop.it
Chronic multitasking could be making you less productive. Why? Because your brain is on overload.

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Fuller Life Family Therapy's curator insight, January 27, 2014 6:33 PM

Multi-tasking is counterproductive and impacts our brains negatively. Some tips on changing multi-tasking habits.

Maria Teresa Frezet terapeuta olistica's curator insight, February 2, 2014 11:54 AM

Third level  Thanks Attitude explains exactly what happens when everything becomes a race! http://www.thaatt.com/en/levels/give-thanks-to-you/

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Why Positive Encouragement Works Better Than Criticism

Why Positive Encouragement Works Better Than Criticism | Professional Social Work | Scoop.it
According to science it's good to be the nice guy.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, January 21, 2014 11:31 PM

Positivity works and works spectacularly. Been there. Done that. QED.

David Hain's curator insight, January 22, 2014 3:05 AM

See! Science says  what we all knew...

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» 10 Self-Care Strategies For Private Practice Shrinks - Private Practice Toolbox

» 10 Self-Care Strategies For Private Practice Shrinks - Private Practice Toolbox | Professional Social Work | Scoop.it

Compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and caregiver burnout are common among helping professionals, including psychotherapists. Psychologist Herbert Freudenberger, who coined the word burnout, defines it as ‘‘the extinction of motivation or incentive, especially where one’s devotion to a cause or relationship fails to produce the desired results” (source).

 

Many of us come into the field with devotion to helping others and idealized expectations about our ability influence other’s lives. Once we enter the field we come face-to-face with the realization of our own impotence – that we can’t take away our client’s pain or help them quickly solve the complex situations they face. Have you felt an “extinction of motivation or incentive” in your clinical work? I sure have.

 

After having been in the mental health field for twenty years, most of those years in a private practice setting, I’ve learned a few things about the importance of self-care. Here are a few things I’ve learned from my own experience and from the experiences of private practice therapists I’ve worked with in my consulting practice.

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Use these tips to combat compassion fatigue

Use these tips to combat compassion fatigue | Professional Social Work | Scoop.it

'People who work in the field of health care, whether they are physicians or have a career in medical assisting, are the caregivers of patients. Filling this role means working in an emotionally challenging environment and doing your best to affect positive change while caring for others. Compassion fatigue is a very real problem for health care providers, and symptoms like depression, exhaustion and frequent headaches can affect your ability to care of patients.1 Fortunately, there are simple things you can do to combat compassion fatigue and keep it from getting out of control:


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5 Ways to Do Nothing and Become More Productive

5 Ways to Do Nothing and Become More Productive | Professional Social Work | Scoop.it
Counter-intuitively, sometimes doing nothing is your best recourse.
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Supervisors Behaving Badly: Witnessing Ethical Dilemmas and What To Do About It

Supervisors Behaving Badly: Witnessing Ethical Dilemmas  and What To Do About It | Professional Social Work | Scoop.it
Open Access Journal Articles
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Eleven Ways To Create Real Employee Engagement From Ground Up

Eleven Ways To Create Real Employee Engagement From Ground Up | Professional Social Work | Scoop.it

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John Michel's curator insight, November 26, 2013 3:48 AM

We learned early on that our growth and success depended on our employees: how hard they worked, the ideas they had, how committed they were when times got tough, the types of relationships they formed with customers, and so much more. Keeping our employees inspired and happy, and honestly acknowledging how much we appreciated their loyalty and efforts, were some of our top priorities as business owners.


Michael Spurlin's curator insight, November 26, 2013 9:32 AM

11 wasy that we can make an impact at work, no matter where we are in the organization.

John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA's curator insight, November 26, 2013 11:13 AM

Senior managers often say that it is their people who matter most; then demonstrate the opposite by their behaviour! So here are some helpful tips to make sure you are really engaging your people where it matters!

 

Remember ... work is the thing you do, it is not the place you go to!

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Canva – Amazingly simple graphic design

Canva – Amazingly simple graphic design | Professional Social Work | Scoop.it

Canva gives you everything you need to easily turn ideas into stunning designs. Create designs for Web or print; website banners, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more.


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, November 15, 2013 6:06 AM

A cool new free browser-based tool for designing all kinds of visual products including presentations.

 

Many thanks to Alfredo Corell for the suggestion.

Training in Business's curator insight, November 15, 2013 9:44 AM

Canva – Amazingly simple graphic design

 

Margaret Watrous's curator insight, January 9, 2014 3:47 PM

A cool new free browser-based tool for designing all kinds of visual products including presentations.

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Perfect Time for Mental Illness Awareness Week

Perfect Time for Mental Illness Awareness Week | Professional Social Work | Scoop.it
Mental Illness Awareness Week is here. It's time to change the public perception of mental illness and that the mentally ill are dangerous.

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Moovly - Create Animated Content like a Pro

Moovly - Create Animated Content like a Pro | Professional Social Work | Scoop.it
Moovly is an online tool that allows you to create animated videos, tutorials, explainers, presentations, infographics, video clips, display ads or e-cards.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 24, 2015 4:39 AM

Moovly is an online tool that allows you to create animated videos, tutorials, explainers, presentations, infographics, video clips, display ads or e-cards.


Atika MOKHFI's curator insight, February 25, 2015 2:55 AM

Moovly semble intéressant et facile à utiliser pour la création de vidéos en ligne, mais personnellement je ne l'ai pas encore  testé...

Une version Free est disponible.

Moovly propose aussi une license "Education" : Ready to use Moovly for your educational projects or in your classroom? We offer educational licenses at a discount for individuals and groups.

Valérie Bardot's curator insight, February 28, 2015 1:32 PM

Moovly, un outil qui a de multiples applications en ingénierie pédagogique (vidéos,, tutoriels..)

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Four Steps to Developing Yourself and Others

Four Steps to Developing Yourself and Others | Professional Social Work | Scoop.it
Studies by the Hay Group, Aon Hewitt, Towers Watson, Gallup, and other consulting firms have clearly established the important role leaders play in an employee’s well-being, engagement, and perform...

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, March 14, 2014 10:07 AM

Constant development is the name of the game:-)

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Melanie Sage, Social Work Geek: Social Media and Social Workers

Melanie Sage, Social Work Geek: Social Media and Social Workers | Professional Social Work | Scoop.it
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The Sweet Spot for Achievement

The Sweet Spot for Achievement | Professional Social Work | Scoop.it
What's the relationship between stress and performance?

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, January 24, 2014 12:49 PM

ways and tips to focus your attention and move from Frazzle/ Boredom to Flow

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EverySlide - Interactive Presentations | Audience Response System

EverySlide - Interactive Presentations | Audience Response System | Professional Social Work | Scoop.it

Create a presentation in PowerPoint or Keynote. Upload it to everyslide.com. Start presentation.

Broadcast slides to participants' devices; ask questions, run polls, receive feedback.

Review results: get participant lists, email addresses and their answers as a spreadsheet or PDF.


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tom jackson's curator insight, January 25, 2014 9:13 AM

very easy way to integrate student feedback into your side presentations.  Educator account is free

Mary Cunningham's curator insight, January 25, 2014 1:01 PM

I want to try this out!

Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, January 25, 2014 1:04 PM

Leuk, interactieve PPT's

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How to Use Pinterest for Job Searching [INFOGRAPHIC] | CareerBliss

How to Use Pinterest for Job Searching [INFOGRAPHIC] | CareerBliss | Professional Social Work | Scoop.it
Pinterest has been a huge trend in the last couple years. Did you know you can use it as a tool for your job hunt? With so many people addicted to Pinterest...

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Angela Watkins's curator insight, January 13, 2014 4:50 PM

How to Use Pinterest for Job Searching [INFOGRAPHIC] | CareerBliss | @scoopit via @wiredinstructor http://sco.lt/... ... http://angelawatkins57.blogspot.com - http://pinterest.com/angeladwatkins ;

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, January 15, 2014 5:08 PM

La herramienta Pinterest.

Hafiz Tayub Shaheen's curator insight, May 9, 2014 11:43 AM
LMF Free Classified is an online Pakistan Free Classified website.You can post free classified ad with out registration on LMF and buy and sale everything through LMF. LMF provides online classified jobs , as well as newspaper Jobs http://www.lmf.com.pk/
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How Do You Find Breakthrough Ideas?

How Do You Find Breakthrough Ideas? | Professional Social Work | Scoop.it

What neuroscience tells us about getting the best out of yourself, your colleagues, and the boss.

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What Shape Is Your Armour In? • Social Justice Solutions

What Shape Is Your Armour In? • Social Justice Solutions | Professional Social Work | Scoop.it
Ah those knights from the days of King Arthur…do you remember the castle Camelot and the round table which provided a spot for each one of the knights, yet by its very design meant no one sat at the head … Continue reading →...
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Nationally, child protection agencies overwhelmed, under-performing

Nationally, child protection agencies overwhelmed, under-performing | Professional Social Work | Scoop.it
Child advocates say child abuse is a tragically common problem across the U.S.: Many child-protection agencies have crushing workloads and inadequate oversight.
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13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do | Professional Social Work | Scoop.it
Mentally strong people don't pick up these bad habits.
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Pooch Power: What Dog-Friendly Workplaces Can Do For Your Business

Pooch Power: What Dog-Friendly Workplaces Can Do For Your Business | Professional Social Work | Scoop.it
Meet Louie the slobbery four-legged officemate who taught us a few things about how to work better.
Morganne Ray, LCSW's insight:

I've learned first hand how much good having a dog in my office can do for my clients. They enjoy talking to him, and feel like he is safe and supportive no matter what. Looks like the research also supports how much good he does me too!

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8 Types Of Infographics & Which One To Use When [Infographic]

8 Types Of Infographics & Which One To Use When [Infographic] | Professional Social Work | Scoop.it
This visual presentation shows you the 8 types of infographics, and which one is the most effective to use depending on the content you are developing.

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David Baker's curator insight, October 29, 2013 5:48 PM

Selecting the correct type of format greatly increases effectiveness of content.  THis is similar to helping students learn to write for audience and purpose.

Deborah Owen's curator insight, November 1, 2013 9:54 AM

Good to know about.

John O'Connor's curator insight, March 19, 2014 8:47 AM

info graphics are something that I really want to develop more skills in.

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Infoactive - Create and share interactive, visual stories

Infoactive - Create and share interactive, visual stories | Professional Social Work | Scoop.it
InfoActive lets you create and share interactive, visual stories.

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Taryn Coxall's curator insight, October 15, 2013 8:17 PM

"Infoactive" is a simple and interactive resource, suitable for both teachers and the upper primary student. 

this enagaging website allows users to  create andmost importantly share viual stories. It allows the audience/ the reader to explore their ideas through a collaboration of images, videos, audio and text.

perfect for the modern day classroom teacher, this website is sure to engage students by placing a fun, interesting and interactive vibe on a average lesson in the classroom. 

 

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, November 16, 2013 8:08 AM
Amazing
Henry Cortez's curator insight, March 23, 2014 11:55 AM

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