Presentations, Presentations, Presentations

I know, I know: that joke just isn’t funny anymore. In any event, here’s another brief post that I’ll eventually fatten up with advice and links to more advice on oral communication and the presentation of ideas. There’s life after ‘Death by PowerPoint’, and salvation can be yours.

Presenting on an Assigned Reading

Here’s a Presentation Template you can use when your assignment is to present and critique a single reading.

Further Reading/Notes Toward a Personal Canon

Dieker, Nicole. 2017. ‘When Public Speaking, Look at Individuals Instead of the Entire Group’.

Howard, Philip N. 2015. ‘A Dozen Slides’. Inside Higher Ed, 16 September. This is advice about giving an academic job talk, but some of the advice works across presentation scenarios (if you’re presenting a research proposal, for example, or presenting on someone else’s work, obviously you’ll need to adjust accordingly). I think the author is too quick to make the same claim about Orwell’s [1946] dicta regarding writing, but that’s a discussion for another time…

Kim, Joshua. 2015. ‘3 Advantages of Giving A PowerPoint-Free Talk’Inside Higher Ed, 22 October. Just because you’re giving a presentation doesn’t mean you have to use PowerPoint (or Prezi or Keynote or Google Slides or whatever), and Kim discusses some of the advantages of going analog. But I think the real lesson here is that there are moments when you might want to mute the projector and connect with your audience more directly.

Male, Christopher. 2017. ‘So, Um, How Do You, Like, Stop Using Filler Words?’New York Times, 24 February.

Watts, Reggie. 2011. ‘A Sendoff in Style’. Pop! Tech 2011. This sendoff is a brilliant send-up of the TED Talk Style.



Orwell, George. 1946. ‘Politics and the English Language’. Originally published in Horizon 13, No. 76, pp. 252-265.



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