Thoughts and Reflections From Presentation Zen

Advice from Presentation Zen By Garr Reynolds:

  • Make slides that reinforce your words, not repeat them.
  • No more than 6 words on a slide
  • Don’t use cheesy images
  • No transitions, spins, or dissolves
  • Create a written document
  1. put up slide
  2. trigger an emotion reaction in the audience
  3. image and words are associated together

Questions to ask yourself when thinking about your presentation:

  1. How much time do I have?
  2. What’s the venue like?
  3. What time of day?
  4. Who is the audience?
  5. What’s their background?
  6. What do they expect of me (us)?
  7. Why was  I asked to speak?
  8. What do I want them to do?
  9. What visual medium is most appropriate for this particular situation and audience?
  10. What is the story here?
  11. What is my absolutely central point?

Two questions: what is my point? what does it matter? (why should the audience care?) Can it pass the elevator question?

3 parts to my presentation: my slides, my notes, and my handouts


  1. brainstorming
  2. grouping and identifying the core
  3. Story boarding off the computer
  4. story boarding in the slide/sorter/light table view
Concepts of the Zen aesthetic
suggestive rather than the descriptive
empty  space
stillness, tranquility
eliminating the nonessential

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Multimedia Class

Learning about different types of multimedia…

1. In your WordPress blog, create two pages: Multimedia and Vocabulary. Completed

2. On the Multimedia Page, write a few sentences to describe what tool(s) you experimented with and what idea or suggestion you tried to apply from Presentation Zen.  Also either embed your experiment or provide a hyperlink to where I can view it.  You may also email me a copy, if that is easier for you. Completed. Listed in blog and emailed to Michael.

3. On the Vocabulary Page, include 3 to 5 terms you ran across in class and/or in your independent study that were new to you or for which you found new meanings or connotations.  You can include definitions in your own words or simply link to definitions somewhere on the web. Completed

4. Visit and add your comments to the prompts related to each of the books, Increasing Student Learning Through Multimedia Projects and Presentation Zen. Completed