Day: July 19, 2009

presentation offences (7)

1. Having more slides in your slide-deck than you actually speak to.

2. Having more text written on your slides than you actually say.

3. Lack of ‘signposts’.

4. Complete lack of imagery.

5. Failure to visualise your work.

6. Failure to demonstrate relevance.

7. Using note-taking lingo as an abbr. strategy.

The dot points on your slides should not read like dot points you would jot down in a lecture. If the statements you want to make are so long you need to use abbreviations to fit them on the slide, then spend the time to figure out how to word it better.  Please write words in full. Even if you think the abbreviation is identifyable or widely used.

questionIn other words, do not write points like these (fictional) ones:

  • Aust. gvt. must provide ++ funding for COPS
  • Comp. company releases new GIS pkg $$$
  • News article suggests unis should inc. fees –> equity issues?

Using acronyms is OK as long as they’re introduced in full the first time you use them — or if you plan to pause a moment and explain the acronym in person — although I’d encourage you to think twice about whether they are really necessary.