- Steve Jobs introducing the iPhone, a classic technical sales & marketing presentation
- Dick Hardt talking about online identity in a tour de force presentation
- Ken Robinson on creativity in education, talking passionately without visuals
- Alan Siegel illustrates a point beautifully in about 4 minutes
Know your presentation software
- Don't assume you need slides! Maybe you don't.
- If you can, always use a remote, and make sure you know how it works.
- Avoid using the arrow keys to go through every slide in your presentation.
- If you're using PowerPoint, get to know these shortcuts:
|B, W||Blank screen to black/white|
|Home, End||Go to first/last slide|
|x + Enter||Go to slide number x|
Know your space
- Arrive at the venue early and find out how everything works, where you will stand, how the room feels
- If you need to, re-arrange the furniture to suit your needs
- Make sure everything works
- Greet people as they arrive, and shake as many hands as possible; this will calm your nerves
- Use live software when you can — it's much more useful and impressive than screenshots (e.g. maps in a GIS, sections in a 3D visualization tool)
- Use multiple components if you can — if there are multiple screens, or you have a viz room, then use all the space you can. Present maps alongside sections, or photomicrographs alongside logs
- Give handouts — if you have intricate maps, sections, or text, then put it in a handout for people. Show them what's on there, and give them a minute to look at it.
- Take props for people to pass around — take rocks, seismic sections, pieces of well hardware, bits of geophysical equipment. People love this.
- Use analogy and example — cast things in everyday terms: areas in terms of city blocks, depths in terms of storeys, and so on. It's easier to visualize and makes people think (and remember!).
- Take posters with you — in a small group, it's great to have a big picture (map, section, strat column) to stand around and discuss. Scribble on it.
- GeoTalk — a Tumblr on presentation skills for geoscientists
- A Tumblr on presentation skills — lots of chaff here, but some titbits
- Ten Simple Rules for Making Good Oral Presentations — from the editors of PLoS One