Class Notes: Speaking; “Progress.”

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An excerpt from an in-class discussion of The World’s Worst Power Point, as reported here in the Boston Globe:

You have to be conscious of your end-user. You have to be aware that there is only so much information a person can take in at a time. You also have to have the ability to organize your information and tell its story convincingly. Explicit documentation at this level of granularity does not tell a story at all, but we can say that it provides a detailed backdrop for a convincing speech. A well practiced speaker with 30 minutes and a laser-pointer could make all this information relevant eventually. On the other end of the spectrum, a friend and designer in San Francisco told me recently of a college professor and colleague whose presentations consisted of one word per slide. If you were going to try and refine this slide into one word, what would that word be?


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