AT&D #12. Presentations

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How much experience do you have building presentations? Have you used software other than PowerPoint? 

I have had some experience with building presentations, mainly when I was in highschool, as I do not really recall of anything significant I have done in my college years thus far (aside from professional speaking I currently do for one of my classes). With that being said, when creating presentations, I either used PowerPoint (the only software I had) or traditionally made a posterboard/triboard for displaying my visuals and research information (i.e. in bullet points) to an audience.

Based on my own experiences, some of my ideas for designing and delivering a successful presentation simply encompass creativity and professionalism respectively. To go into detail, creativity in designing a presentation should mean crafting a PowerPoint or triboard that has more emphasis on short and watered-down information (to be addressed in full when speaking) with images throughout to ensure visual balance of the design aspect of the presentation. Professionally, a presentation must be performed by adhering to the following points: dressing accordingly (semi- casual/semi-formal in most cases), speaking clearly and usually with rehearsing to ensure quality of speech and timing, and having the utmost understanding of your topic (which adds to the quality of information that is stated in the presentation and helps with answering questions to the listeners at the end). Other tidbits such as eye contact, not reading a PowerPoint word-for-word, and using body gestures while speaking are important as well.

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