ALWagner

This semester I have seen a change in my presentations. I truly believe that this course has shaped and made me grow as a public speaker. We went through and studied so many aspects of presentations. I had never realized how much goes into a great presentation. I thought people just threw together a PowerPoint with their ideas and wrote out note cards and presented the next day. COMM 375 taught me that PowerPoint can be an art. There is so much to it to make them affective and useful for presentations. I never thought about how important placement of pictures and text is, even the use of white space. Learning about PowerPoint is something is very important to me and I believe has helped me see what makes them affective and worth the audience’s time. Also, since I am going into sales after graduation, knowing how to make a PowerPoint work will be huge for me!

            Also, the standalone was a huge eye opener. I never realized how easy it was to make a presentation like this and how affective they are. I am sure this is something I will make in the future especially since we are in a technological advanced society, a presentation like the standalone will be a great way to sell something/yourself to people across an ocean.

In this course, I had many weaknesses in my presentations. I had trouble with coming up with interesting topics. My last lecture was one that I believe came out as cliché. I kept trying to think of something that my audience could walk away with and I think that made my presentation suffer a little. But a strength of mine is that I did not have trouble with time. I did not have to slow down or speed up. My rate was at a pace that the audience would be able to listen to and I made time and did not go over.

When I first started this course, I was able to get up in front of a room and give a speech affectively and confidently. I was not really amazing at adding presentation to speeches, like PowerPoints, and being able to make them useful. I think this course has shaped the way I added effectiveness to my confident speech. But during my last lecture, I noticed that I have issues with my personal presentation. I tend to shift and play with my watch, which is very distracting to the audience. This course has made me aware of my weaknesses so I will be able to make changes in presentations to come.

My philosophy on presentation communication is that it is so important to know how to affectively address an audience on any topic. Weather it is a sales pitch or a presentation on your dog; it is all about how you deliver what you want your audience to walk away with. I think presentational communication is a way to be creative in the way you send your message to an audience. It is the way you sell yourself. How do you want people to remember you as? Confidence in yourself is a big part of affective presentations. Presentations are always going to be a part of professional careers so it is important to know how to make it work. 

One of the last few prompts…

I watched Kenzie’s last lecture. I found that reading from her paper was a weakness. She was constantly reading right off the paper and she stumbled through some of her reading and it also made it seem like she had not practice before hand. The paper in her hand was just distracting. Her powerpoint was affective. The pictures looked good and followed with her speech. Some of the slides stayed up too long. She seemed to be confident and made eye contact with her audience. I think that she has an interesting topic that I would enjoy listening to for the first time.

I also watched Rachel Smith’s last lecture. A big weakness was her introduction. “Ok when I thought about what I was going to give my last lecture on…” That intro definitely was not luring at all. It seemed boring not interesting. Also, the podeum is so distracting. At times she was kind of behind it so it just seemed “there” not part of her presentation. What worked was she spoke at a good volume, which was very affective. The audience didn’t have to strain to hear her. Also, she did not use any type of note card, showing that she was prepared.

Overall, I would say that Kenzie’s was more affective. I think that her topic was more interesting and her slides were very affective.

bsucomm375mcfalls:

For this week, watch TWO of the last lectures that are posted on our youtube account.  What weaknesses did you see?  Which one was more effective?  If you were in the audience seeing these talks for the first time, would you have found them engaging/inspiring/worth your time?  As you discuss them, please refer to them by the first name of the speaker.  No need to repost the actual videos, as long as I know who you’re talking about.   

I think he is very genuine because he interacts with the audience. He speaks to them like it is a normal conversation. The speech is very casual and doesn’t speak down to his audience. He seems very comfortable up in front of the audience but doesn’t appear to be acting cocky. He speaks at a steady rate that makes him easy to listen to and believe his topic. His nonverbal also help how genuine he is.  He uses his stage instead of staying put in one place. Also, he seems to be comfortable with his powerpoint. He doesn’t seem to have trouble with switching slides and they go with his flow.

            His topic also makes him genuine. He is very touching since it is in the sense that he is dying. Like our assignment, the speech is him. He is very intelligent in the subject. Since he no one else would be able to tell these stories as well as he can. I feel that it has become so popular because it challenges people to sit back and think of what they know so much about. Not necessarily what they would say if they are dying but more so, what do you care about?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkqAErSitJM

What is so interesting is hearing this powerful voice. It is so clear and he annunciates very well. Then, looking at the title I was blown away that it says five year old. All in about three seconds, I am moved, confused and then presented with a small boy. WOW! His little suit makes him look like an adult and I love kids dressed like that! But it is also so interesting that he was the one selected to give an opening speech at Opening Day at Fenway Park. He has so much confidence it is hard to be distracted. I wanted to hear every word he had to say. Not only that but his facial expressions let the viewers know he is comfortable and very passionate about the Red Sox. I think it is so great! When the camera pans out and you see where he is standing in proximity to the players, you realize that throughout the whole speech he makes perfect eye contact with them all. Most people would loose their words being that close to all their favorite players. He is so brave!

Even though they are not his words, he is so motivational and he is speaking clearly by memory. At such a young age, this young boy has more presentational skills than most adults and I find that so interesting. A five year old asked to present the “Miracle Speech” by Herb Brooks is fascinating to me. But once he began speaking it makes so much sense.  

bsucomm375mcfalls:

After you watch this video (and part 2 as well, if you want to track it down), put yourself in the position of the panel— what elements of the presentation made this presentation “crumble” (as the commentator asserted)?  What would have to have been done differently for you to make these guys an offer?  What elements did work to effectively persuade?  Now put yourself in the position of the presenters— what would you have done differently if you had another chance?  What did you do right?

First off, I believe that the presenters seemed to be very nervous and uncomfortable. Once they were faced with the challenging question of, “Why couldn’t I just make this website myself?” The two became very flustered and not sure of the best way to answer. They lost control and were unable to convince the dragons. They seemed unsure of their company, which was evident when the first two dragons turned them down. When they did receive both offers they failed at negotiating. It seems that they were only prepared for the offer they pitched. They should have been prepared for the dragons to offer something different and be able to negotiate to benefit themselves and the dragons. It showed that they are weak in their business when it comes to dealing with money. They discussed only for a brief moment and accepted the dragon’s second offer. I think if I were on the panel I would have liked to see more of their company and what they have to offer. Their entire presentation was dumping a drawer out and a poster. I would have liked to been able to see the restaurants they are now working with and whom they are hoping to recruit. More of future business plans to prove that they are going to reach their goals. I think confidence and preparation would have benefited them more if they added it. They did constantly remember their numbers that they planned out; I would have worked with those numbers prior to the presentation to be prepared to negotiate. Also, I would have worked on a stronger way to present this idea to get more dragons attention.

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http://www.cfw.org

I chose the Chicago Foundation for Women’s website. The design to the site is visually stimulating. There is a constant use of the colors black red and white. Also, the same font is used for important pieces of information or titles. There is a good use of space. The use of pictures enhances the site and the goal of the foundation. When the text goes over the picture, it is still easy to read but it does not take away from the image.

            The official logo is a great design. The ‘Women’ is the largest text because it is the main purpose of the foundation. The alignment is nicely set, so the viewer’s eyes know where to look and then look next. Also, in the logo it introduces the goal ‘Advocacy + Action= Impact.’ Instead of just writing it like a simple equation, the use of the horizontal line makes it understandably the equal sign for the equation. The alignment of all the text on the logo is placed perfectly. ‘Chicago’ and ‘Women’ are both lined up on the left and are right on top of each other to show that should be read together. Also, the goal is under the ‘N’ of women and set to the right of the name of the foundation. 

Tufte would be very critical of this presentation. He uses bullet points and large amounts of text on the slides. He also uses plan images. The cookie cutter images that can come from clip art.

At first, he had a few slides that went very well with Reynold’s idea. He presents slides that didn’t have a lot on them and used white space. The slides also helped move his point across. There is no real creativity to the presentation of the slides. He uses the templates and fonts that generally are pre-set up on PowerPoint.

He uses the PowerPoint very successfully at times and fails also. He seems very prepared and comfortable with the information. There were a lot of uncommon words that he was able to pronounce. The presentation goes along smoothly. He uses humor to his advantage. The whole time it kept his audience interested in this complicated topic. At some points he looks back at the screen, which I believe to be a downfall.

There are a few aspects that differentiate between speeches and presentations. In my opinion one aspect is the use of PowerPoint. A presentation uses PowerPoint to help present their information to their audience. A speech generally goes without the use of a PowerPoint. Also, a presentation is introducing a topic with the use of information. Presentations are usually presenting the audience with information on a topic that they could not be aware of. A speech is more addressing a topic that the audience already has knowledge of.

When we were asked about the best presentation online, I didn’t have a favorite one. After a couple hours watching a bunch of presentations I decided on this one. I believe that Rives presentation on the subject of 4 A.M. is the best presentation on the Internet for many various reasons.  In my opinion there are so many components to look for a great presentation and in my opinion they are present in this one.

            Humor is the first component that I believe to be necessary for a great presentation. He took a subject that is not controversial and even unimportant to everyday life but was able to provide proof to support his perspective on the time 4 A.M. Humor helps engage the audience. The audience has a better time following the flow of the presentation and can keep up with the information. I believe that humor is a way into tricking the audience to learn more information and follow better.

            Also, his PowerPoint skills are very helpful for the flow of his presentation. Instead of providing written information, he had pictures to support his evidence. The examples were clear and easy to understand. Also, he didn’t need to look back to see what was on the screen which showed that he was well prepared. When a presenter can use a PowerPoint without even looking shows that the presenter cares about the subject and put effort into the preparation of the presentation.

            His stage presence was another component that made his presentation great. He was very engaging with his audience and spoke clearly. The audience could easily understand him, which I believe makes it easy to listen to a presenter. He didn’t just stand in one place. He used his space to help prove his point. It also makes the presentation more enjoyable to watch. If he just stood there it would be boring and hard to actively listen. Rives had great use of non-verbal. His use of his hands is not distracting and they also help the presentation move along. When using non-verbal skills, it is important to use strong non-verbal when making a point. Seeing that, the audience unconsciously knows that the presenter just made a main point in the presentation.

 bsucomm375mcfalls:

Critical Journal Prompt #1

Here is the very best presentation on the internet (in my opinion).  Your first prompt is to post what YOU think is the best presentation on the internet, and to offer your reason(s) for naming it the best one out there.

Remember, your entries must be at least 350 words.

Please “reblog” this post, and then replace the url of MY video with YOUR video.  Then type your response to the prompt in the “caption.” 

Finally, you’ll want to make sure you’re “following” me, so new prompts will automatically be viewable from your account.

When we were asked about the best presentation online, I didn’t have a favorite one. After a couple hours watching a bunch of presentations I decided on this one. I believe that Rives presentation on the subject of 4 A.M. is the best presentation on the Internet for many various reasons.  In my opinion there are so many components to look for a great presentation and in my opinion they are present in this one.

            Humor is the first component that I believe to be necessary for a great presentation. He took a subject that is not controversial and even unimportant to everyday life but was able to provide proof to support his perspective on the time 4 A.M. Humor helps engage the audience. The audience has a better time following the flow of the presentation and can keep up with the information. I believe that humor is a way into tricking the audience to learn more information and follow better.

            Also, his PowerPoint skills are very helpful for the flow of his presentation. Instead of providing written information, he had pictures to support his evidence. The examples were clear and easy to understand. Also, he didn’t need to look back to see what was on the screen which showed that he was well prepared. When a presenter can use a PowerPoint without even looking shows that the presenter cares about the subject and put effort into the preparation of the presentation.

            His stage presence was another component that made his presentation great. He was very engaging with his audience and spoke clearly. The audience could easily understand him, which I believe makes it easy to listen to a presenter. He didn’t just stand in one place. He used his space to help prove his point. It also makes the presentation more enjoyable to watch. If he just stood there it would be boring and hard to actively listen. Rives had great use of non-verbal. His use of his hands is not distracting and they also help the presentation move along. When using non-verbal skills, it is important to use strong non-verbal when making a point. Seeing that, the audience unconsciously knows that the presenter just made a main point in the presentation.

 bsucomm375mcfalls:

Critical Journal Prompt #1

Here is the very best presentation on the internet (in my opinion).  Your first prompt is to post what YOU think is the best presentation on the internet, and to offer your reason(s) for naming it the best one out there.

Remember, your entries must be at least 350 words.

Please “reblog” this post, and then replace the url of MY video with YOUR video.  Then type your response to the prompt in the “caption.” 

Finally, you’ll want to make sure you’re “following” me, so new prompts will automatically be viewable from your account.