Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Making a PPT didn't use to be this hard...

Making a powerpoint presentation used to be pretty fast and straight forward.. you know, just follow the rule of NO COMPLETE SENTENCES and you're good.


It wasn't really until journal club that I discovered how crucial the powerpoint really is, and it was even more so for the project proposal. I'm someone who gets stuck in the middle of a talk if I don't understand something, so having a clear logic flow throughout the entire presentation was the most important thing. Better make the audience's life easy to by making the presentation easy to understand. My partner Victoria and I focused a ton on this: we kept revamping the presentation so it would make more sense.

Powerpoint can really be painful sometimes (those with tons of words):

But I found out how engaging they can be from 109. They complement and can really spice up the talk. After 109, I really started appreciating power points with representative images and little text (the old "a picture is worth a thousand words"). Artistically impaired me (I wasn't the only one thrown out of art class besides Professor Belcher) also started making flowcharts to get across the presentations' big picture. Thank god for my partner Victoria, who was a wizard at Photoshop for making our awesome flowcharts!

So instead of the picture above, my new power points are more like this:

Well, actually, maybe more like this:

So yeah, powerpoints take so much longer to make these days... I have to figure out the narrative I want to tell and keep my audience engaged, along with the nitty-gritty details of good titles, references, and animations (which takes FOREVER). But they're totally worth it. I'm certainly proud of our powerpoint and presentation. I hope you enjoyed it too.

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