I spend my summers preparing for professional development normally. This includes helping out with the Ed Camp Foundation PD movement. This movement changes the scripts on how PD is created and used.
Instead of sitting in a locked room with a Powerpoint Presentation teachers gather round and share what they want to know or already know and facilitate discussions. Imagine the difference right there! Not sit-and-get presentations, but dialogues on what works and what you want to know.
Recently, I have been preparing and studying presentation design. I have seen people who are incredible presenters live multiple times and it wasn't until I saw this slideshare and hit No. 95. that it connected.
This is where that chart on audience engagement pops into view. I go back and think about the awesome presentations by @2guysshow, @GingerLewman and @kevinhoneycutt because they stop and connect. The pull in a relevant story, show a video or activity that gets the audience engaged!
This is my new goal at presentations is to relate more materials to personalities because let's face it you build bridges with relationships. So share those relationships in any presentation.
Speaking of Dos and Don'ts in Presentations
If you do use a traditional Powerpoint presentation here is a quick note about what NOT to do:
Fonts to avoid (these I did not know and there were some fighting words on whether or not Tahoma, was an option between my wife and I. She is the TYPE to get in a debate on text types.
Tahoma, Microsoft Sans Serif, Arial, Verdana, Courier New, Times New Roman, Trebuchet MS, Lucida Console, Comic Sans.
Do not give a million animations or facts on one slide.
Do not use clipart when there is a ton of free source photos under creative commons you could use.
Do not read from the slides!
For more interesting fun check out this video about the Death of Powerpoint.
I am a 2nd Grade teacher with years of experience in digital editing and film. I have a 2nd Degree Black Belt, am a professional wedding photographer, and instruct fine art painting classes.