Re: A good clinic was:Re: Collinville RPM
Bill Keene <wakeene@...>
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Good point all. Thank you for sharing.
I would like to add a couple more comments…
Keep whatever graphics such as titles, logos, and those “gee wiz this looks good” backgrounds to a minimum. In fact, I have ditched the backgrounds completely in favor of a solid black workspace.
As for a remote clicker and a laser pointer, I have the following comments…
If you are going to prance around the stage, which many presenters do but few in my experience do well, a remote clicker is a must. But remember that a remote clicker is a machine and using one adds another point of equipment failure risk to your presentations. Also, remember your audience. What is important here? You or your show? You can be animated and still stay close to a podium. Close enough to eliminate that risky remote clicker.
As for use of a laser pointer. Not necessary. If something is important enough to highlight with a pointer during your presentation then it should be highlighted — circled, underlined, checked off — with an animated shape or line on the presentation itself initiated with an advance click — arrow key or remote clicker — and then removed when the topic moves on with another advance click. This use of an animated highlight approach provides a very clear and stable way to highlight a specific detail or important fact that you are presenting. No possibilities tired batteries in the pointer. No shaky pointing which can become distracting. I gave up on the laser pointer the afternoon that mine was stolen and have not used one in years.
As for the “remember your audience” statement above, I will provide the following example. I spend four to five months a year giving port and destination presentations aboard cruise ships. I do not hold a Q&A after these presentations as there is a published scheduled time for this that is known as Desk Time. While there may be up to 600 passengers attending a port presentation this number is about one-quarter of the total passenger population aboard the ship. These presentations are recorded and are available for viewing on the in-cabin TVs and a good number of the “audience" will view the presentation in that format. The recording is both video and sound, but the video is taken off the computer or iPad which means that if a laser pointer was used in the “live” presentation it is not going to be visible on the recorded presentation. This condition is also in play if one of the clinic speakers agrees to share the presentation via DVD or flash drive. This is another reason for having what could be a distracting laser pointer swoosh actually be a well-places animated graphic.
Just my 2¢ worth. Thanks for your time.