Slide rules : design, build, and archive presentations in the engineering and technical fields / Traci Nathans-Kelly, Christine G. Nicometo
- IEEE PCS Professional engineering communication series
- Machine generated contents note: Understand our path to these techniques -- Witness the change -- Feel confident about these techniques -- References -- 1.Heed the Pleas for Better Presentations -- Know the enemy -- Be an agent of change -- Call a meeting instead of summoning a slide deck -- Destroy the decks of drudgery -- Learn communication lessons from past tragedies -- Confront conventional poor practices -- Consider slides as a two-part deliverable -- Implement your own continuous improvement -- References -- SLIDE RULE #1 REVISIT PRESENTATION ASSUMPTIONS -- 2.Apply Cognitive Science and Tell a Story -- Change presentation practices using grounded research -- Stay open to change -- Revisit how a slide works -- Design slides for audience's cognitive load -- Lessen cognitive load with storytelling -- Apply science and storytelling -- References -- 3.Understand Audience Needs -- Scope content toward identified purpose -- Learn about your audience first -- Determine the presentation's purpose -- Examine the goals for a talk -- Elevate the moment -- Assess the audience -- Prepare for a familiar audience -- Prepare for an unfamiliar audience -- Coping when your talk gets hijacked -- Ditch the "dumb it down" attitude -- Think of audience needs, not yours -- Think about logistics -- References -- 4.Challenge Your Organization's Culture of Text-Heavy Slides -- Understand the patterns' origin -- Stop assuming they want to read -- Work toward fewer bullets, less text -- Avoid using slides as teleprompters -- Build information deliberately -- Move beyond "How many slides should I use?" -- Encourage better presentation practices -- Create, compile, organize, and stabilize team presentations -- Work towards a change -- References -- SLIDE RULE #2 WRITE SENTENCE HEADERS -- 5.Clarify Topics with Full-Sentence Headers -- Write full sentences for headers, avoiding fragments -- Consider the case against fragmented headers -- Deploy best practices for sentence headers -- Expect immediate results -- Write targeted headers -- State a fact or explain a concept -- Showcase an analysis -- Transition to new information -- Influence outcomes with headers -- Frequently asked questions about sentence headers -- References -- SLIDE RULE #3 USE TARGETED VISUALS -- 6.Build Information Incrementally -- Build something better than bullets -- Devise methods that build information -- Design with words to make bullet lovers happy -- Solidify complex topics with refrains -- Use refrain slides for meeting agendas -- Create visuals for directed comprehension -- Build out to drill down -- 7.Generate Quality Graphs -- Portray complexity simply -- Determine the right visual -- Design reasonable pie charts -- Design impactful bar charts and histograms -- Design scatter XY charts and scatter plots -- Craft line charts -- Map out area graphs -- Think through flow or process charts -- Address assorted other visual outputs -- Graph ethically -- Create accessible graphics -- Frequently asked questions about graphs -- References -- Further reading -- 8.Picture the Possibilities -- Center yourself -- Manage image interpretation -- Model accurately -- Be ethical with visuals -- Frequently asked questions about using pictures -- References -- 9.Temper the Templates -- See the possibilities in a template, branded or otherwise -- Discover and assess a branded template -- Work with company templates -- Devise solutions for problematic templates -- Fix the template -- Provide template guidance -- Refine quad slides -- Establish brand when there is no template -- SLIDE RULE #4 ARCHIVE DETAILS FOR FUTURE USE -- 10.Make Slide Decks with Archival and Legacy Value -- Understand that slides have two lives -- Start new best practices -- Document ideas efficiently -- Use the Notes or Presenter Notes feature -- Get others to see your notes -- Use hidden slides -- Keep hidden slides ready -- Make retrieval easy for everyone else -- Embrace full documentation as part of workflow -- References -- 11.Include More Than One Language -- Know when English is not enough -- Start with audience analysis -- Anticipate formatting for translations -- Deploy plain language -- Write in one language and talk in another -- Design split slides -- Capture translation in notes -- Translate toward clarity -- Find resources -- References -- SLIDE RULE #5 KEEP LOOKING FORWARD -- 12.Enact Organizational Change -- Listen to the studies -- Anticipate the stages of acceptance -- Tally the results -- Look for the opportunities -- References -- 13.Thinking Through the Next Big Thing -- See ahead -- Play with Prezi -- Use caution -- Amaze with Autodesk -- Apply apps -- Remain diligent in your best practices.
- "Drawing on the latest research in cognitive psychology combined with experience gained from years of successfully teaching high-level engineers, scientists, military people, and technical professionals, this book sets clear guidelines for presentation excellence. From planning for a variety of audiences (from the general public to non-technical high-influence leadership to other technical specialists) to archiving the slide deck as a living document in your organization, this full-color illustrated book will step engineering and technically oriented readers through their development as outstanding technical presenters"-- and "Useful for engineers in charge of technology transfer / government grant presentation"--
- 9781118002964 (pbk.) and 1118002962 (pbk.)
- Source of Acquisition:
- Purchased with funds from the Paterno Libraries Endowment; 2013
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