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PRESENTATION ZEN. Introduction [1] Presenting in Today’s World Preparation [2] Creativity, Limitations, and Constraints [3] Planning Analog [4] Crafting the Story Design [5] Simplicity: Why It Matters [6] Presentation Design: Principles and Techniques [7] Sample Slides Delivery

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    1. PRESENTATIONZEN

    2. Introduction [1] Presenting in Today’s World Preparation [2] Creativity, Limitations, and Constraints [3] Planning Analog [4] Crafting the Story Design [5] Simplicity: Why It Matters [6] Presentation Design: Principles and Techniques [7] Sample Slides Delivery [8] The Art of Being Completely Present [9] Connecting With an Audience The Next Step . . . [10] The Journey Begins

    3. Preparation Creativity, Limitations, and Constraints

    4. Developing presentation content—especially content to be delivered with the aid of multimedia—is a creative act Students can become better business leaders tomorrow by learning how to become better design thinkers today

    5. Valuable aptitudes for all professionals, regardless of their discipline or their particular task • Design Thinking • Design Mindfulness • Creative Thinking

    6. Once you realize that the preparation of a presentation is an act requiring creativity, not merely the assembling of facts and data in a linear fashion, you’ll see that preparing a presentation is a “whole-minded” activity that requires as much right-brain thinking as it does left-brain thinking

    7. Left-Brain Thinking Right-Brain Thinking The transformation of your content into presentation form • Your research and background work requires logical analysis, calculation, & careful evidence gathering

    8. Start with the Beginner’s Mind • When you approach a new challenge as a true beginner (even if you are a seasoned adult), you need not be saddled with fear of failure or of making mistakes • You are not afraid of being wrong • If you are not willing to make mistakes, then it is impossible to be truly creative • If you approach problems with the “expert’s mind,” you are often blind to the possibilities

    9. You Are Creative • Being creative means using your whole mind to find solutions • Creativity means not being paralyzed by your methods & knowledge, but being able to think outside the box to find solutions to unforeseen problems • This kind of situation requires logic & analysis (left-brain), but also big-picture thinking(right-brain) thinking

    10. A presentation is an opportunity to differentiate yourself, your cause, or your organization • It’s your chance to tell the story of why your content is important & why it matters It can be an opportunity to make a difference!

    11. The Big Lie: “I am not creative” Failing is fine – necessary in fact Don’t avoid failure or risk—take a chance A failure is in the past—it’s done & over Take chances—stretch yourself

    12. “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original” Sir Ken Robinson

    13. Be a Pirate Inspiration—where to find it? When you teach someone something important to you, you are reminded of why it matters, & the enthusiasm of the student—child or adult—is infectious & can energize you

    14. Do Not Force It • Idling or doing nothing is important • Most of us are obsessed with getting things done • We’re afraid to be unproductive • The big ideas usually come when you are “lazy”—when you are “wasting time”

    15. Sometimes you need solitude & a break for slowing down so that you may see things differently • Managers who understand this & give their staff the time they need (which they can only do by genuinely trusting them) are the secure managers, & the best managers

    16. Enthusiasm • Put your love, passion, imagination, & spirit behind it • Without enthusiasm, there is no creativity

    17. The Art of Working with Restrictions • Restrictive conditions put on creative projects can lead to inventive solutions How do you develop concepts & implement them under such constraints as: • Limited time • Space • Budget

    18. Constraints & limitations are a powerful ally,not an enemy Creating your own self-imposed constraints, limitations, & parameters is often fundamental to good, creative work Self-imposed constraints can help you formulate clearer messages, including visual messages

    19. As daily life becomes even more complex, & the options & choices continue to mount, crafting messages & making designs that are clear, simple, & concise becomes all the more important

    20. Summary • Preparing, designing, & delivering a presentation is a creative act • Creativity requires an open mind & a willingness to be wrong • Restrictions & limitations are not the enemy; they are a great ally • As you prepare a presentation, exercise restraint & keep these 3 words in mind:Simplicity – Clarity - Brevity

    21. Preparation Planning Analog

    22. Get away from your computer • Before you design your presentation, you need to see the big picture & identify your core messages—or the single core message • Using pen & paper & sketching out rough ideas in the early stages seems to lead to more clarity & better, more creative results

    23. It’s important to understand principles of presentation creation, & design, not merely software application rules to be obediently followed or the tips & tricks of the day

    24. Paper, Whiteboard, or a Stick in the Sand? If you have the ideas, you can do a lot without machinery. Once you have those ideas, the machinery starts working for you . . . Most ideas you can do pretty darn well with a stick in the sand. --Alan Kay

    25. Slowing Down to See • Leads to greater clarity • Time constraints can be a great motivator, bringing a sense of urgency that stimulates creative thinking & the discovery of solutions to problems

    26. “Busyness” is that uncomfortable feeling you have when you are feeling rushed, distracted, & a bit unfocused & preoccupied • Although you may be accomplishing tasks, you wished you could do better • In spite of your best intentions, you find it difficult to create a state of mind that is contemplative rather than reactionary

    27. Busyness kills creativity Communication suffers . . . The audience suffers

    28. To do something different takes a different mindset, & it takes time & space away from “busyness” • This special insight & knowledge can usually only come about when slowing down, stopping, & seeing all sides of the issue

    29. One reason why so many people are ineffective is that people today do not take enough time to step back & really assess what is important & what is not • They often fail to bring anything, unique, creative, or new to the presentation

    30. Solitude helps achieve greater focus & clarity, while also allowing you to see the big picture • Clarity & the big picture are the fundamental elements that are missing from most presentations

    31. Asking the Right Questions The current state of business & academic presentations bring about a fair amount of “suffering” in the form of ineffectiveness, wasted time, & general dissatisfaction, both for the presenter & the audience

    32. Many of us spend too much time fidgeting with & worrying about bullets & images on slides during the preparation stage instead of thinking about how to craft a story which is the most effective, memorable, & appropriate for our particular audience

    33. The Wrong Questions • Obsessing on technique & tricks & effects • How many slides? ???

    34. Questions We Should Be Asking • How much time do I have? • What’s the venue like? • What time of the day? • Who is the audience? • What’s their background? • What do they expect of me? • Why was I asked to speak?

    35. What do I want them to do? • What visual medium is most appropriate for this particular situation & audience? • What is the fundamental purpose of my talk? • What’s the story here? • What is my absolutely central point???

    36. Two Questions: • What’s Your Point? • Why Does It Matter? Audience Viewpoint Why should we care?

    37. Use persuasion, emotion, & empathy in addition to logical argument to persuade your audience • Empathy in the sense that the presenter understands that not everyone will see what to him is obvious, or that others may understand well but not see why it should matter to them

    38. When preparing material for a talk, good presenters try to put themselves in the shoes of their audience members & ask “So What?” Presentation opportunities are about contributing something & leaving something important behind for the audience

    39. The Elevator Test • Check the clarity of your presentation’s core message • “sell” your message in 30-45 seconds Practicing what you would do forces you to get your message down & make your overall content tighter & clearer

    40. Handouts Can Set You Free • If you create a proper handout as a leave-behind for your presentation during the preparation phase, then you will not feel compelled to say everything about your topic in your talk • Preparing a proper talk—with as much detail as you think necessary—frees you to focus on what is most important for your audience

    41. Prepare a detailed document for a handout & keep the slides simple

    42. Three Parts of a Presentation • The slidesonly the audience will see • The notesonly you will see • The handoutto be taken away

    43. Create a Document Not a Slideument • Projected slides should be as visual as possible & support your points quickly, efficiently, & powerfully • Guy Kawasaki: “10-20-30 Rule” [1:52] • The verbal content, the verbal proof, evidence, & appeal/emotion come mostly from your spoken word • Your handouts should provide at least as much depth & scope as your live presentation

    44. Attempting to have slides serve both as projected visuals & as stand-along handouts makes for bad visuals & bad documentation • PowerPoint is a tool for displaying visual information, information that helps you tell your story, make your case, prove your point, & engage your audience

    45. To be different & effective, use a well-written, detailed document for your handout & well-designed, simple, intelligent graphics for your visuals

    46. The Benefit of Planning Well • Presentation preparation is about organizing thoughts & focusing the storytelling so it’s all clear to your audience • If you prepare well, the preparation process itself should help you really know your story

    47. Summary • Slow down your busy mind to see your problem & goals more clearly • Find time alone to see the big picture • For greater focus, try turning off the computer & going analog • Use paper & pens or a whiteboard first to record & sketch out your ideas

    48. Key Questions: • What’s your main (core) point? • Why does it matter? • If your audience remembers only 1 thing, what should it be? • Preparing a detailed handout keeps you from feeling compelled to cram everything into your visuals

    49. Preparation Craftingthe Story

    50. During your time “off the grid,” you brainstormed alone or with a small group of people • You stepped back to get the big picture • You identified your core message  Clearer picture of the presentation content & focus—even if you don’t have all the details worked out