A Presentation Exercise
To begin: I am not the most proficient person around at presenting and speaking to a large set of people.
I’m flattered every time someone asks me how I make photos. (Especially because I have no idea what I’m doing and someone likes it? Whoa.) I thought I’d reach out to the HR folks at work and tell them my story. We worked together on the blog post, and it struck me that I should consider going beyond the blog post to hold a session for people who were interested in learning more about iPhone/mobile photography. HR was happy to oblige again. It’s tiny things like this that brings about confidence and excites me about doing more.
Back to the elephant in the room: presenting publicly. I had about a week to prepare for this and looked at these two resources:
The 10-20-30 rule encourages presenters to make the following choices:
- Ten slides
- Twenty minutes
- Thirty-point font
I didn’t adhere to the first part of the rule as I wanted to eschew use of excessive transitions and animations. It saves time to just skip ’em… and focus on other things. So I made a bunch of slides (80 in all), and learned to make use of master slides in Keynote. The presentation slightly exceeded the twenty minute mark, but that’s all right. I had no trouble meeting the thirty point font guideline since a lot of the presentation was visual.
The deck should complement your presence, not take the stage.