If you want an effective presentation, it must be engaging.In order to create an engaging environment, audiences need to feel that their own thoughts and insights are considered, and creating this type of environment can be very difficult.And even if you are able to create this environment it is difficult to ensure that the presentation will have a lasting impact.Ultimately, the presentation experience for an audience member is usually one-thing: passive.
We believe it is time to end passive audience participation!
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You’re sitting through the tenth office meeting of the month and yet another PowerPoint presentation pops up on the screen while you prepare to listen to a monotonous presenter drone on for the next hour. What do you do? Is it nap time? While it is true that Microsoft PowerPoint is the dominant presentation software in today’s world, it can definitely get a bit repetitive (and don’t even get me started on the costs of installing Microsoft Office…). Eric Griffith’s post briefly explores the world of presentation software beyond Microsoft PowerPoint. If you’re interested in providing a dynamic, innovative, and unique presentation, glancing through his suggestions will surely help you pick from one of the less-well-known programs. Often, many of these programs are exciting, creative, and best of all, free! With programs ranging from Prezi to Sopreso (https://sopreso.com) the innovative features and cool quirks of many of these programs are sure to please your audience!
The Critical Role Of Feedback In The Learning Process, from TeachThought & Learnist.
Lets all be honest and admit that we don’t like to be criticized. Nobody enjoys having his or her hard work torn apart, critiqued, or invalidated. In today’s society, criticism is often softened to avoid offending others. Words like “that’s wrong. Do it this way” are replaced by more sensitive phrases such as “Well that’s okay, but it might be better if you did it this way…” In her post, Dawn Casey-Rowe illustrates the difference between sensitive feedback and harsher, but more effective, feedback. In her opinion, being able to handle constructive criticism is what ultimately makes us stronger people and more effective workers. To check out her perspective, as well as a quick suggestion for effectively receiving constructive criticism, make sure to read her entire post! Her 5 resources that explore the elements of better feedback are worth a read too!
Would you ever think of blogging and giving a speech as the same activities in different camouflages? If not, then this is the opportunity to discover the similarities. Wait for it and you’ll see that based on the key principles of the two activities the parallel becomes more than self-explanatory. Just think about it: creating value or stand out from the crowd via conveying your message applies to both. Having to deal with trolls and hecklers will bother you just as much during giving a speech as it will while writing a blog. For more of the similarities check out what Michelle Mazur has to say!
At our TNW Conferences we see a lot of presentations and I have given a fair share of presentations myself. I often see people making the same mistakes and cringe when I hear the same excuses or basic mistakes when people get on stage.
Everybody hates an awkward presentation. A speaker walks in, provides a million excuses for his soon-to-be bad presentation (which you still haven’t even seen), and then proceeds to give a dull and tedious presentation where they simply read off the slides. It’s the worst. Writer Boris from thenextweb.com provides his list of the top 10 things NEVER to say during a presentation. His helpful advice ensures that you will avoid everything from awkward introductions to tedious presentation practices. This particularly mood-boosting and encouraging advice post is sure to help you correct any mistakes that instantly turn an audience away from your presentation. Take a look!
Imagine a presenter waddling around a stage with short, awkward T-Rex arms. If this image placed a quizzical look or a smile on your face, you should definitely read through Susannah Shattuck’s “10 Most Common Rookie Mistakes.” Her comical and dynamic Prezi presentation outlines—yep, you guessed it—the top 10 most frequent mistakes made by inexperienced presenters. Beyond exaggerating the quirks of inexperienced speakers, however, she also explains a few helpful ways to become a more effective speaker and “master” your presentation. So, if you are interested in laughing a little while learning about things not to do during a presentation, take a quick glance through her presentation. Be sure to look through her whole presentation for all of her tips!
How to integrate technology into the classroom: PowerPoint, Blackboard, Video, i>clickers, online discussions, ePortfolios, blended learning, survey tools, etc.
It's time to end passive audience participation.That's for sure! But,what is a classroom response system (CRS)?Why use classroom response systems?How can you integrate CRS technology into a course?How can you get started using classroom response systems?Read the article and find the answers to all these questions!And then get involved your audience by trying an audience response system SOPRESO for example :-)
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