Good presentations matter

19 Jul

Last week I was involved in a CPD session at our staff festival, aimed at people interested in presenting at events and writing for publication. My colleague Julie Allinson did the publications part – she recommended Mike Ashby’s guide to writing a paper (PDF). I did the presentations bit, and it was based on a mixture of a recent LibMarketing slideshow on making good PowerPoints, and advice about public speaking that I’d previously written or read.

It’s worth a look particularly if you haven’t already seen ‘Good Slides Matter‘, because it refers to some research behind what works and what doesn’t in multimedia learning, and advises how to build presentations accordingly. There’s also some SUPER-ADVANCED MEGA TIPS at the end… :)


Thanks to @girlinthe for drawing my attention to the multicolor search engine – a brilliant tool! Try experimenting with putting in the two main colours of your library brand – you can then do away with templates entirely.

- thewikiman

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  • Ned Potter July 19, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    A guide to good presentations: (An expanded version of 'Good Slides Matter', and with super-advanced mega tips!)

  • Bobbi Newman July 19, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Excellent pres on how to create a great presentations by @theREALwikiman Srsly. If you ever present ever go watch this

  • CILIP July 20, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    More excellent advice from @theREALwikiman >> Good presentations matter:

  • Mylee Joseph July 30, 2012 at 7:58 AM

    RT @theREALwikiman: Good presentations matter

  • Design Inspiration | Jess In Ohio August 7, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    [...] to be presented to our classmates. Just when I began assembling the actual slides, I ran across Ned Potter’s blog post on presentation design, which included this slide [...]

  • Jess August 7, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Thanks for this. I used these ideas in developing slides for a class I’m taking this summer. It took more time, but it was so worth the effort to ditch the templates and bullets.

  • thewikiman August 8, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Cheers Jess!

  • Brian Kelly September 4, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    @theREALwikiman A subtle point about the importance of content, perhaps?

  • Ned Potter October 23, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    @ARLGSW Er, was it this one?

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