Hand-drawn illustration of a talk and making it a video

In an earlier post, I shared Mr. Daniel Pink’s talk on his book, Drive. I discovered this additional version of the presentation. I believe it is the same audio track, but an organization named RSA has modified the video to be a very innovative, hand-drawn-on-a-whiteboard illustration of the talk. I find it fascinating for its communicative value. The site where you can see more illustrated talks is www.theRSA.org.

Here is the illustrated talk:

Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs

Corporate communications coach Carmine Gallo has written a new book titled, “The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience.” He reviewed hundreds of hours of presentations by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, arguably one of the best presenters in the world. After all of his study, he has identified four key components of an effective speech:

  1. A headline. The one thing you want the audience to understande and remember from your presentation.
  2. A villain. Some kind of shared enemy (e.g. a competitor, a problem or challenge, etc.)
  3. A simple slide. Jobs uses imagery almost exclusively, with very few textual words. And no bullet points!
  4. A demo. Some kind of engaging activity for the audience to participate in, at least vicariously.

It would seem to me that we can and should apply some of Steve Jobs’s masterful techniques to the presentations we give our students. They deserve no less than the stakeholders of Apple!

Here is a link to an article on BusinessWeek’s web site to read more. Also, there is another interesting interview with the author and some video clips of Steve Jobs’s presentations in an article on CIO magazine’s website.

Below is a short video interview with author Gallo where he make these points:

An alternative to PowerPoint: prezi.com

I recently attended the Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning. In one of the presentations I attended, the presenters used a fascinating and quite effective presentation tool called Prezi. I talked to them afterward and found that they thought it was easy to learn, easy to use, and there is a free version. I have since tried it out and I like it!

Prezi basically allows you to create your presentation as a sort of mindmap, and then it handles all the zooming and panning during the presentation. Check out this example to get a flavor of how it works: http://prezi.com/a4p1e8jzgutl/view/#90. After you open the page, click on the Play button at the bottom right to advance the views. But as you can see, you are displaying subsequesnt zoom-and-pan views of a single large canvas. Kind of cool!

Here is a short video showing what it’s like to create one of these presentations:

Presenting a live, interactive session to participants on mobile devices — for free!

I’m really intrigued with a new service just announced, called YouVersion Live. It’s been created mainly for churches and ministries to host live, interactive events at a site, and have interactive particpation by people on their mobile devices. The interaction could include answering polls, submitting questions, and even online giving or payments.

I think this could have major uses in the classroom, particularly for blended or hybrid classes. I would seem that you could pose questions to the class, ask for imput, and distribute notes to any and all web-enabled phones in the classroom. And it’s all free, as is everything developed by the church behind YouVersion, LifeChurch.tv.

I don’t know any details yet, but they have prepared the video below to introduce us to the idea. Check it out, and I think you’ll be as intrigued as I am! Get more information at http://www.youversion.com/live.

Introducing YouVersion Live from YouVersion on Vimeo.

Share content on mobile devices during live events and services.

Invite interaction through polls, notes, prayers, giving, and more.

Share results and include feedback in your communication.

Get people actively involved in the message.

Introducing YouVersion Live from YouVersion on Vimeo.

Do you pecha-kucha?

A new type of speakinPecha-kucha quoteg club is starting to be the rage around the world. It’s known as pecha-kucha (pronounced (peh-chock-uh-chuh), from a japanese phrase meaning “the sound of conversation.” It is characterized by succinctness of presentation, imposed by a mandatory limit of twenty PowerPoint slides shown for twenty seconds each, automatically advanced by the timer feature in PowerPoint. The resulting 6 minute and 40 seconds presentation is often elegant, brief, and piercingly to-the-point.

Pecha-kucha was started by two American architects working in Japan as a new way to encourage architectural designers to express the essence of their new designs with brevity and clarity. It worked so well that it is now being shared around the world in clubs that come together regularly to share this form of expression. It reminds me of Toastmasters.

Professors at least one university, Georgia Tech, are starting to require students to adopt this mode of presentation for class projects and oral assignments. Make that two universities. I am planning to start teaching a course in Business Communications at ORU in the spring semester of 2010. I plan to instruct my students in pecha-kucha and require them to use it in their class presentations.

The call-out quotation in this blog post came from an online article in Creative Loafing. You can read more about the international organization that now promotes this interesting new communications technique at www.pecha-kucha.org.