Pecha Kucha presentation tips

7 09 2011

I gave my first Pecha Kucha presentation as part of a session at the REPOfringe 2011, University of Edinburgh. Some thoughts/notes below:

  • Pronouncing Pecha Kucha: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdghID66kLs
  • Creating a Pecha Kucha in PowerPoint 2007 i.e. 20 images each on the screen for 20 seconds: choose 20 images and store in a folder; open PPt 2007 and select ‘Insert’ then select ‘Photo Album’ and ‘New Photo Album’; in the dialogue box select Insert picture from ‘File/Disk…’ and browse to your folder of images; select all 20 images and choose ‘Insert’; from the drop-down list for Picture Layout choose ‘1 picture’ then select ‘Create’; delete the auto-generated title slide; in the Slide Sorter view select all 20 slides then choose ‘Animations’ and at the end of the ribbon under ‘Advance Slide’ tick the check box for ‘Automatically After’ and add ’00:20′ which will provide a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds.
  • The winner of the REPOfringe Pecha Kucha Session (day 1) was Shelia Fraser (EDINA) on ‘Using OpenURL Activity Data’

    http://rfringe11.blogs.edina.ac.uk/2011/08/03/liveblog-pecha-kucha-session-1/
    And the video of Shelia’s talk is available via YouTube.

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  • Using Prezi for Pecha Kucha: select ‘show mode’ press and hold the right arrow in the navigation bar and you will see an option layer sliding out, select autoplay every 20 seconds

    (Reference – http://blog.prezi.com/2010/01/28/prezis-in-davos-tim-berners-lee/)

  • Exemplar Pecha Kucha presentation using Prezi: my vote for the REPOfringe Pecha Kucha Session (day 2) was Robbie Ireland and Toby Hanning (Enlighten, Glasgow University) – Glasgow Mini-REF exercise available here: http://prezi.com/peualtehcmhq/you-are-the-mini-ref/
    and see also: http://rfringe11.blogs.edina.ac.uk/2011/08/04/liveblog-pecha-kucha-session-2/
  • The most engaging Pecha Kucha presentations used full screen images rather than bullet-pointed slides, although diagrams were interesting there wasn’t really time to explain them.
  • I spent at least as long, if not longer, preparing my Pecha Kucha 6 minute and 40 second presentation then I would preparing a ‘normal’ presentation, but still I think it would have benefited from even more run-throughs to make it more seamless i.e. to avoid the ‘gaps’.




PowerPoint versus posters

26 05 2011

At The Art of Presentation event recently, I met Jac Cattaneo from Northbrook College Sussex, an affiliated college of the University of Brighton. She worked on a Visual Practices Project for LearnHigher that looked at the use of individually-designed posters instead of PowerPoint as a visual aid in assessed student presentations.

More information about the project is available here:
http://www.brighton.ac.uk/visuallearning/project-news/cattaneo/

The above Web page also includes links to the Full Project Report as well as a PDF guide to using posters to support research presentations. Having looked at the guide I am inspired to use it in combination with the technology possibilities of Prezi.





From the audience’s perspective

22 03 2011

Some personal thoughts about a recently attended event, which shall remain anonymous in order to make candid reflections (not revelations though as I expect most people have had similar experiences/thoughts):

  • The room environment can impinge on the learning experience. We were warned about the erratic temperature control before the beginning of the event; it didn’t bother me but noticeably bothered others including one attendee who donned a knitted hat!
  • A total blackout can make a more immersive learning experience. In the case of one presentation the total blackout was very effective, creating an almost cinematic experience due to the speaker’s clever use of PowerPoint (building a visual narrative) and excellent oral delivery.
  • A total blackout can be really physically uncomfortable and disconcerting. It must have been a good number of years since I last experienced a lecture theatre in such darkness; when the lights came on for questions at the end of each presentation everyone was virtually blinded by the light. It was also impossible to take notes during most of the presentations, apart from those presentations which included slides with white backgrounds when there was just enough light to see.
  • I reflected on the presentations given at the event thinking about how I could improve both the PowerPoint presentations I have given as well as improve my presentation skills generally. From conversations with others at the event I think this largely comes down to: good visuals; clever use of terminology; clarity of thought and expression; and above all practice!!




SlideShare – presentation book recommendations

18 01 2011

Quoting from an email from SlideShare about presentation book recommendations from their “Facebook Friends”, the following are some of their favourite presentation books:

  • The Craft of Scientific Presentations: Critical Steps to Succeed and Critical Errors to Avoid
    by Michael Alley
  • The Jelly Effect: How to Make Your Communication Stick
    by Andy Boundes
  • slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations
    by Nancy Duarte
  • The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs
    by Carmine Gallo
  • Clear and to the Point: 8 Psychological Principles for Compelling PowerPoint Presentations
    by Stephen M. Kosslyn
  • Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery
    by Garr Reynolds
  • The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures
    by Dan Roam




Multi-Slide PowerPoint plug-in

10 11 2010

I am looking forward to attending the Computers and the History of Art (CHArt) conference, day two, tomorrow. Due to my research topic I am most interested to hear the presentation on the Multi-Slide PowerPoint plug-in:
Katharina Lorenz and Brett Bligh, University of Nottingham, UK
Vorsprung durch Technik: Multi-Display Learning Spaces and Art-Historical Method
Already today, day one, of the CHArt conference I was pleased to experience a confident Prezi presentation by Jamie Allen.

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More information on using PowerPoint

8 11 2010

For sake of speed, I have just created the following list of links which point to resources on how to improve your PowerPoint presentation technique:





Life after Death by PowerPoint (2010 version)

8 11 2010