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Oral Presentation Skills: Showcase Workshop

In this workshop, we’ll explore the topic of presentation effectiveness through examples (using rubrics to evaluate presentations) and through reflective presentation creation exercises (translating text into winning content).

Style

> Style (for your writing AND your slide/etc. aesthetics)

  • For your writing: Do your word choice and voice reflect your purpose and your audience?
  • For your slides/etc.: Do the layout, design, and fonts and images selected for your slides/frames/etc., reflect your purpose and your audience?
    • HINT: Serious presentations need serious fonts (Times New Roman or Verdana) - Curlz, Chalkboard, Comic Sans, etc., may not have enough gravity. 
    • HINT: Avoid amateurish clip art should be avoided; use images that convey meaning and thoughtfulness - tie them to your purpose/focus!
  • For your slides/etc.: In your layout, are your slides clear and free of distractions? 
    • HINT: Avoid clashing colors, and even elaborate (3+) color schemes.
    • HINT: Keep it simple -- content comes first. Unnecessary art, bad color choice, poor slide/etc. layout, etc., distracts your audience. Embellish in the oral component. 
  • BEST CASE: Text and visual design are clear and interesting and appropriate to your purpose and audience; fonts, colors, etc., are well chosen and reflect your purpose, and they aid in audience's ability to process the visual content of the presentation.
  • WORST CASE: Colors, font(s), and layout seem almost random to the audience; design is confusing and make is difficult to find/understand the presentation content.

Slides - Examples