Presentation design in 5 minutes - take 2
Diego, a colleague of mine at Tuenti, is coordinating short 5-minute presentations that we conduct here in the office at Tuenti every second week. I love the idea of being able to prepare short, funny, interesting presentations and listen and learn from what others care about. Naturally I wanted to contribute too, and hence went with something that I feel all-to-often is under-valued in our field (and probably in many others too), presentation design.
Having done a similar presentation before I opted to do one again (and because I like presentations and want to push Diego’s cause) and copied a lot of the material into this one. In the end however the visuals and content ended up quite different from the first one. For one incredibly important reason: the audience.
Last time I did the presentation on presentations (very meta) it was as part of a university course in scientific writing and communication. Part of its curriculum addressed presentation skills, including structure, language and tone, delivery, and a tiny bit on visuals. In other words, during my presentation I could assume that my classmates already grasped the basics. In the case of my colleagues, I could not make the same assumption and therefore the presentation in the end became quite different.
In five minutes you cannot, and should not, cover too much. Perhaps I did try to squeeze a bit too much content in there and it got a bit rushed. As I try to make a point not to run overtime (so should you) there is a lot left to be said. Overall, however, I’m pretty happy with it.
Next week I’m doing a longer tech-talk where I present my thesis work.