Sometimes I drive my students mad. And I do it on purpose too. You see, instead of giving them answers to their questions, I give them more questions. I’ll give you an example. Student: “Please, Bob, should this trade-off table be included in the text or should I move it to the appendix?” Bob: “Well,Meer lezen over “Answer the questions or question the answers?”
At the end of your presentation, when you say “Are there any questions?”, you would expect that people might pick up that it’s time for questions. Most likely they don’t really need a visual aid to help them. Nevertheless, many beginning speakers seem to think that their audience need some sort of support, a visible confirmationMeer lezen over “Last slide: Aristotle and cute kittens”
Yes, there is one. A dark side of PowerPoint I mean. It can be a tad dominant (like Vader). In fact, some presentations look as if the speaker has thought only about what they could show in PowerPoint, instead of what they wanted to say. All the books I know that deal with preparing presentationsMeer lezen over “Do not underestimate the power of the dark slide.”
The first presentation I ever saw at Delft University of Technology was in the faculty of aerospace engineering. I was invited to this presentation to help me get acquainted with the kind of presentations I should expect as a teacher of communication skills. I came from a polytechnic where the majority of the studentsMeer lezen over “My first presentation in Delft (XXX)”
Again: no I don’t think your presentations are pointless. This time I want to think about why we give presentations in the first place. Consider conferences. From the point of view of information transfer, conferences are spectacularly inefficient, as you can usually only attend a fraction of the talks that are offered. Conferences have ecologicMeer lezen over “What’s the point of your presentation part two”
Helping students to write and present technical reports.