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My example presentation
When discussing quality of presentations it helps a lot to discuss on the basis of example presentations. An example presentation is exactly what this post is about. Although I do not expect all the readers of this blog to be interested in the content of my talk, it would probably not harm to sketch the context of this speech. About a year ago I gave a 25minute presentation for an audience of about 75 physics PhD students. That day was organized by the Dutch science-supporting agency FOM especially for the students. The program included workshops on presentations, on writing papers and on career planning. I was the last, plenary, speaker, just before the good-bye drink. My task was to give them a flavor, possibly with some humor, of what it means to pursue an academic career.
The idea of posting this presentation is to show some technical details:
- The use of progress slides. My example is just one of the many possible ways to keep the audience all throughout the presentation informed about the progress of the presentation and about the general outline of the talk. My experience is that the use of these progress slides also helps during the preparation of the slides to keep the talk to some extent coherent.
- The use of the black lower band. This band is used to prevent me from using the lower part of the slide. In many rooms where presentations are given a major part of the audience can’t see the lower part of the screen. With a standard video projector (so not on a computer screen) the black band is not visible. Some people in the audience might notice an aspect ratio different from what they are used to.
From earlier comments on this blog I understand that quite some people dislike the top band (and the lower band). The text of my titles is always left-justified and never centered. The human eye can read a left-justified text much quicker than a centered text.
I agree that aesthetic aspect are important. But for me it is much more important to get the information across clearly and quickly, even if for that purpose I have to sacrifice the looks of the slides.
Availability of the present presentation
Originally I planned to upload the PowerPoint file of this presentation to SlideShare. But their software is so lousy, that it crippled my presentation (I tried three times). So the presentation is available as (a much smaller) pdf file. In case somebody wants a copy of the PowerPoint file, they should use our contact form and the 3 MB file will be sent to them.
I am curious about what people will not like about this example. Or maybe will enjoy.