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“Of crimes against the audience? Not guilty.”. Enhancing your presentation skills. Wendy Rodgers, University of Guelph Library OLA Superconference; Feb. 4, 2005. mind message material myself. Public speaking is 1% presentation and 99% preparation.

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“Of crimes against the audience? Not guilty.”

Enhancing your

presentation skills

Wendy Rodgers, University of Guelph Library

OLA Superconference; Feb. 4, 2005

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mind message material myself

Public speaking is

1% presentation and 99% preparation.

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Mutual goal: successful communication

the audience focused speaker

mindmessage material myself

The audience-focused speaker

Being fully present gives you presence

  • “Lose yourself”
  • Lose your self-focus
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mindmessage material myself

We’re

causing

a scene!

audience as scene partner

mindmessage material myself

Audience as scene partner
  • Relationship
  • What are you fighting for?
  • Tactics
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mindmessage material myself

Why do we use PowerPoint?

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PowerPoint “seeks to set up

a dominance relationship

between speaker and audience.”

Edward Tufte

c2003 Edward Tufte, The Cognitive Style of Powerpoint

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The tyranny

of

expectations

respect your audience

mindmessage material myself

Respect your audience

You finished reading this

long before I finished saying it.

respect your audience1

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Respect your audience

“Genuine speech is the expression of a genuine personality . . . Whenever genuine speech is spoken, it creates community.” - Northrop Frye

If you’re still reading, you know that this quotation has nothing to do with my point, which is: don’t show one message and say another.

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Respect your audience
  • Don’t use animations or sounds unless you have a good reason.
  • This is not a good reason.
prepare to respect your audience

mindmessage material myself

Prepare to respect your audience
  • Write outside PowerPoint
  • Analyze for visual opportunities
  • Plant flags
  • Use aid when you need aid
  • Be quantitative
prepare thyself

mindmessage material myself

Prepare thyself
  • Not just how long, but how you prepare
  • Time yourself
  • Memorize opening & closing lines
  • Use brief notes
  • Tours and Toastmasters
  • Post-mortem
  • Steal!
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mindmessage material myself

Two excerpts from

Martin Luther King Jr.’s

“I have a dream” speech

take a cue from improv

mindmessage material myself

Take a cue from improv

The best way to look good

is to make your scene partner look good.