Presentation Zen: "Slideuments" and the catch-22 for conference speakers
insisting that presenters submit their "PowerPoint slides" for inclusion in a future conference booklet or future download from the conference website, conference organizers force their speakers into a catch-22 situation. The presenter must say to herself: "Do I design visuals that clearly support my live talk or do I create slides that more resemble a document to be read later?"
I think Garr is being rather charitible. At work I am increasingly being given slides deques when I should be getting documents and it seems to be for the following reasons:
So how do you fix this?
- If I write a document then that will require the generation of substantive content. However people don't expect many words on a presentation slide
- Slide deques aren't proper documents so I won't have to place them under document management
- I know I'll need to stand up and present this stuff sometime so I'll write the material once (see above)
Thanks to Claudine for sending me to the original article
- Plan and structure your document (if PowerPoint works for you here fine)
- Write the document using the appropriate text or word-processing tools
- Create the presentation from the structure and content of the full paper