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Trying to present zen

I stuck a fork in it and it isn’t done.  I am not yet happy with my new presentation. 

I spent a lot of time this year working with students on communication skills.  I know that good presentations tell stories.  I know that good presentations do not come loaded with bullets. 

So I am cleaning up my own slides for my first presentation tomorrow at Building Learning Communities.  I should have the thing done just in time.  But as I work, I am reminded of some of the good work our faculty did this year in habit breaking.
We knew we got the message across when one of our street-smart senior girls shared what she learned: 

"The slides are not for me, they are for my audience."

As for bullets, most of the time, she noted, the audience doesn’t need them. 

A strong image, or a word, or a short phrase, on a stark black or white background–that makes an impact.
And it makes a bigger impact if it is part of a story.

So while I go back and weed and attempt to better practice what I’ve preached, I’ll share some of the resources we used this year as we began to retool our presentations.

Rethinking PowerPoint and presentations of all brands:

Also, take a look at the style these presentations use to break the template:

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. says:

    Very useful resources Joyce. Thanks for pulling these together.

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