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Teaching Presentation Skills

Teaching Presentation Skills

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  1. Teaching Presentation Skills Doug Godfrey Professor Legal Research and Writing Chicago-Kent College of Law 312-906-5283 Dgodfrey@kentlaw.edu

  2. Why teach presentation skills to fledgling lawyers? • Most lawyers will give many presentations but not argue in an appellate court • Client pitches • Information to colleagues • Information to civic groups 2

  3. Calls on Different Forms of Rhetoric • Visual • Graphic • Kinetic 3

  4. Lessons Drawn from other Professional Schools • Presentations are a Dominant Form in business school training 4

  5. Place in the Curriculum • Second and Third year • Keeps students involved • Not a rehash of first year’s tools of critiquing 5

  6. How to Critique Written score sheets (sample) MediaNotes available from CALI 6

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  8. Problems with Teaching Presenting • Takes a good deal of time • Must overcome students’ reluctance • Are we qualified to teach this? • Suggested Handout 8

  9. Teaches the Ills of the Dominant Form of Presenting PowerPoint 9

  10. Problems with PowerPoint • Space Shuttle Problem • Reading from Slides • Reducing Everything to Bullet Points 10

  11. Reductionist PowerPoint Slide • Gettysburg Address: • “Review of Key Objectives & Critical Success Factors” • “What makes a nation great?” • Conceived in Liberty • Men are Equal • Shared Vision • Birth of Freedom • Gov’t of/by/for the People Peter Norvig, PowerPoint: Shot with its own Bullets, The Lancet, vol. 362, pp. 343-344 11

  12. How to Improve PowerPoint • Legal Education in the Age of Cognitive Science and Advanced Classroom Technology Deborah Jones Merritt Available at SSRN.com/abstract=1007800 12

  13. 10 Suggestions • 1. More Images, Fewer Words • 2. Show the Big Picture • 3. Facility Working Memory • 4. Avoid Distractions • 5. Don’t Read the Slides 13

  14. More Suggestions • 6. Maintain Personal Contact • 7. Be Interactive • 8. Plan Beyond PowerPoint • 9. Master some Design Principles • 10. Extend PowerPoint Outside of the Classroom 14

  15. Admissible? 15