This is supposed to be a complaining post. But I’ll also try to make it somehow useful at least due to the links to helpful resources I find on the way. Now, to the point. As I have already mentioned (more than once, I think), I hate visual stuff. And presentations today are all based on slides, so I’ve got to not only think about the structure and opening and closing and hooks for the audience, but also about making some decent background for my presentation.
So, learning again.
A couple of words about the circumstances. I’ve got to prepare this presentation for a conference on social computing that takes place in Moscow this Friday (on 21 June) and my topic is data journalism. Although I’ve got, say, 3 days ahead, I’m very short of time, because during these days I’ll also have to work and learn etc. So my most immediate target is to make at least a draft presentation to have some back-up in case I’m overwhelmed by work during the week.
So, first thing I did, I went web-hunting to find some tips on what to do. And here’s what I’ve found instructive so far.
- First of all, I must mention this awesome post by Irina Radchenko. The problem might be that the post is in Russian, but the remedy (apart from Google Translate) is that it contains quite a number of wonderful links to English language resources.
- Among those links I want to feature 10 Tips for Making Beautiful Slideshow Presentations, because it’s rather instructive and well-structured.
- How to make great presentations – A whole site about it.
- Moreover, these guys produce very nice videos. Like this one about colour schemes for instance.
- And they also mention a fascinating resource ColourLovers.com where you can find and download (for free) various colour schemes.
Now, in order to start the process, I decided to create some structure. And in order to do this, in turn, I first put down some information blocks in order to later arrange them more logically.
Here’s what I’ve got in the end:
Feel free to see this monster full-size.
OK, next I’ll have to fit all this into like 5 slides (I’ve got no more than 12 minutes for my presentation).