I worked pretty hard on preparing for a presentation I was going to make in the beginning of the school year at my new school. I think ended up with three different versions. I didn’t end up using any of the slides from this presentation. Slides 1 -16 would have been torturous. I broke all the rules and didn’t tell a story, as Garr Reynolds invites us to do.
This presentation never happened. None of it, thankfully.
Sadly, though, full of fear, I ended up borrowing a presentation from someone else. I asked her, and she said yes, it’s licensed under the creative commons – go for it. I sold out. I told her story.
My goal was to introduce myself, define (or demystify) the role of a librarian, and to let poeple know that there feedback was listened to and will be addressed.
Now, looking back on it, I should have told my story. I actually do have a story, if you can still bare going through that slideshow above, that starts at about slide 17. The purpose of the story was to be funny, but, also, to tell my job description, using the perspective of another teacher, my friend Perry.
The story could have been a winner. At least, it would have been my own. Turns out there’s many tools available online to tell stories in different ways.
No doubt, though, the design is still a nightmare. The fonts and colours are hard on the eyes. I’d go back and simplify for sure, and I’d also consider Daniel Pink’s suggestions.
I’d have to redo my design, retell the story, but I’d also, somehow, want to address these ideas of symphony, empathy, play, and meaning.
“Symphony…is the ability to put together the pieces. It is the capacity to synthesize rather than to analyze; to see relationships between seemingly unrelated fields; to detect broad patterns rather than to deliver specific answers; and to invent something new by combining elements nobody else thought to pair.”
I’ve seen people do this. It’s rare and special, but it’s definitely possible, too. Any thoughts?
In looking at and reflecting on powerful presentations, I’m left with these thoughts:
- Less is more.
- A theme, as part of the story, is important
- Showing change in your story or presentation is powerful.
- Images can make or break you
- Somewhere I saw some expert mention consistency throughout.
Finally, most importantly, I’ve learned that I must tell my own story – not someone else’s. Daniel Pink talks about connection and empathy – it’s impossible for this to happen, if the story is not your own.