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Keeping Slides Brief and the FOCUS on YOU You ARE the PRESENTATION the members of your group do the speaking they give the details they explain they FILL IN the blanks not on the slides SLIDES are an ENHANCEMENT they should NOT say everything YOU do

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keeping slides brief

Keeping Slides Brief

and the FOCUS on YOU

you are the presentation
You ARE the PRESENTATION
  • the members of your group do the speaking
  • they give the details
  • they explain
  • they FILL IN the blanks not on the slides
slides are an enhancement
SLIDES are an ENHANCEMENT
  • they should NOT say everything YOU do
  • they should only HIGHLIGHT your main ideas
  • they should be BRIEF and to the POINT
from long to brief
You say:

“The first thing we noticed about this poem was that it was from the point-of-view of a mother speaking to her son.”

Slide view:

Mother’s perspective

Speaking to son

The phrase was reduced to 2 short bulleted phrases.

From Long to Brief
from long to brief5
You say:

“The line ‘old age sticks’ could mean that it doesn’t ever go away. It could also be leading up to something ‘old age’ sticks up.”

Slide view:

“sticks” = always

“sticks” = places

The 2 sentences were reduced to a “formula”. I would SAY the line first, of course.

From Long to Brief
reducing words on slides
Reducing words on SLIDES
  • focuses audience on YOU, the speaker
  • makes slides easier to FOLLOW
  • allows YOU to elaborate and explain what you KNOW
  • helps you keep better EYE CONTACT (see 3)
ways to reduce 1
Ways to REDUCE 1
  • Copy current ideas from slides onto cards
  • Take out KEY ideas and leave only those on the slides
  • Use cards to ELABORATE and FILL IN the details while giving your presentation
ways to reduce 2
Ways to REDUCE 2
  • If slides are REDUCED, write out ideas on note cards
  • add more details to note cards
    • what more can you say to
      • explain
      • give detail
      • connect with other ideas presented
ways to reduce 3
Ways to REDUCE 3
  • If no slide yet, write out ideas in FULL on card or paper
  • reduce first by discussion or individually
  • use reduced ideas on slide
odds and ends
Odds and Ends
  • Title Slide ≠ Written Introduction
  • Use strong visual image for introduction and conclusion
    • Relate to what is spoken
  • Choreograph each member’s speaking with the slides