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Zero Punctuation Rip-Off

I legitimately enjoyed this video. Some dude did it for an art history class, at what I assume is some college somewhere in the US.

He goes a bit off the rails during his “I’m sure people will find it boring. Let’s all laugh at how I’m admitting that it will be boring” bit because, frankly, that’s the most boring part of his presentation. If the most boring bit is how you’re making fun of the fact that your presentation will be boring, you may as well take that part out and stop us all from being bothered in the first place.

All in all… looks really time consuming. It says that the guy spent like a week working on it; and I can believe it. I guess there’s some economy when you have a big stock of your images that you can pull from (instead of re-drawing custom ones), but still… even writing a 10 minute presentation is rough for most people; to do that AND all the animation AND video editing is pretty rough.

It IS really neat to see something that’s not a power point though…

I think that probably a good way of doing a less-then-totally-formal presentation would be to use the non-sequitor images in quick cuts through powerpoint as you’re talking more or less normally. The presentations that I’ve been most impressed with seeing have been ones in which there is almost no text on slides.

If you put up a slide with text, people are reading the text - not listening to you. If the audience is sitting there reading, ignoring you, you’re really just a hinderence to the process, aren’t you?

The one advantage to text-ful slides is that, when they’re done at least competently, they give people a clear template for how they should be organizing the data. I mean, I liked this presentation of his, but if I had to take notes on it… ugh, it’d be rough. With power point, it’s pretty clear to see, “Oh, here’s our concept, and look, four bullet point examples” copy copy copy.

My basic idea, whenever I make a presentation (or, I suppose, whenever I make a GOOD presentation…) - what are the 3 or 4 big “take homes” that I want to get across? And then I throw out the rest of my beautifully written project, and just focus on those. When you make a presentation, almost all the time, you’re there to give people a quick glimpse at a topic; I want to give someone an idea of why the topic might be interesting, and the basic facts that they’d need to know to get started.