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					How to Survive a Presentation

             Style
          Techniques
          Preparation




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How to Survive a Presentation
 Plenty of reasons for stage fright.
 If you’re not worried, you should be.
 Worry now; prepare; relax.




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               Style Tips
 Color
 Contrast
 Fonts, sizes
 Information density
 Great built-in features
 Not-so-great features




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       Color and Contrast
 Contrast between text and background
 Rules for print and display differ




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      Diagonal Blue, Light
          Background
 Contrast between text and background
 Rules for print and display differ




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        Overhead Colors
 Contrast between text and background
 Rules for print and display differ




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    Magenta Color Scheme
 Contrast between text and background
 Rules for print and display differ
 A built-in color scheme




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        Design Templates
 Contrast between text and background
 Rules for print and display differ
 A built-in color scheme




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              Font Choices
 Rules for print and display differ
 Serif fonts work well on paper




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     Font Choices, Continued
 Rules for print and display differ
 San-serif fonts are easier to read
    – on-screen
    – projected




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                          Font Sizes

 Default title size: 44                              points
 Default text size: 32 points
   Minimum size: 16 points




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              Less Is More
   Some believe a presenter should make
    sure to include every word to be said in
    the slide itself, while others discipline
    themselves to place only the core
    concepts and key words in the
    presentation, using them as prompts, or
    ticklers, to expound upon when giving
    the presentation.

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             Less Is More
 If it’s all in the slides, you can sit down
  now.
 Bullet your key points.
 Provide details verbally.
 No more than 6 or 7 points per slide.
 Use “notes” for details.




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              Animation
 Animation   …
 can
 make
 your
 audience
 nauseous.




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           Animation Tips
 Animation can also keep their interest.
 Use with care.
 Be consistent?




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Clip Art
               Can keep interest.
               Stereotypical and
                insulting?
               Illustrative or
                distracting?




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    Tech Tips: Getting Started
 Office Assistant
 Design templates
 Slide masters
 Title masters
 Color schemes




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        Tech Tips: Oops

 Autosave!
 Undo
 … and undo again




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              Tech Tips: Terms

   Presentation file
    – Slide
       » Object
             Title
             Text
             Clip art
             Image

   Toolbars

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        Tech Tips: Webizing

 File/ Save as Web Page
 Whose JAVA?
    – Internet Explorer
    – Netscape Communicator
   Universal format



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    Tech Tips: Take With You

 File/ Pack and Go
 Include PowerPoint Viewer




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     Murphy Must’ve Used
         PowerPoint
 Check out the room.
 Bring your own equipment.
 Have a Plan B (and C).




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What Can Go Wrong?




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      What Can Go Wrong?
 Forgot your file
 PowerPoint formats incompatible
 PowerPoint not installed
 Computer crashes
 Computer-projector interface
 Cable and adapter problems
 Internet
 … and that’s just the technical stuff!

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            Check out the room
   Light controls?
   Screen?
   Projector
    –   Have you used this brand and model?
    –   Who has the remote?
    –   Where are the connections?
    –   How to match screen resolution?
   Audio?
   Internet?
   Computer provided with familiar OS?
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    Bring your own equipment
 Computer you have bonded with
 Internet access
    – Modem
    – Ethernet adapter
 Projector
 Cables, adapters




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     It’s Lonely Up There …
         Part 1: Projectors
 Connections
 Matching screen resolution to projector
 Focusing & zooming
 Selecting inputs
 Hiding the screen
 Light level
 Audio


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         It’s Lonely Up There …
              Part 2: Internet
   Modem
    –   Long cables, digital line adapter
    –   9, … *70, ISP’s toll-free number (or credit card)
    –   TCP/IP settings, PPP
    –   Help Desk number 
   Ethernet
    – Adapter, long cable, barrel connector
    – TCP/IP settings, IP address, DHCP
   Hotel room and presentation room different?

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                Plan B
 Bring universal file format,
 … on universal medium … or media.
 Multiple copies.
 Bring your own equipment.
 Use Web version.
 Have a Plan C.
 Good acting: this was plan A all along.


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              Plan C
 Printed handouts & notes
 Overheads
 Web pages on your own disk




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                    Plan D


   Send out for pizza?




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