Presentation Zen

On March 13, 2014, Presentation Zen published an article evaluating the talk on the TED Mid-Atlantic Show given my Sam Berns, entitled, “My Philosophy for a Happy Life”. Within the article, the author talks about the different aspects of the speech and the pros and cons of this young man’s speech giving skills, such as the fact that he kept it short and sweet and did not dwell too much on his disease, Progeria, and instead focused on the happy aspects in his life and why others should follow his mentality.

Back to the actual article though; the author used a very simple style of writing that was easy for the reader to process, it was still effective. The author did summarize the speech within his article, but he also included the video for those with a further instance. He also included a picture, introducing the speaker. He then proceeded to discuss the speech without tearing it apart and focused on why this young man was such an excellent speaker and person overall.

There are many different elements from this article that my group and I could use within our project presentation. One of which is the choice of clear, simple words. Nothing muddles up a presentation more than too much “fluff” in order to make everything appear longer and therefore “better”. Also, the multimedia aspect of it was very interesting too.  It is very refreshing for a reader to have something else besides text to look at. This keeps the mind open and thoughts flowing that may better allow for a reader to understand the essential concept.

Within our own presentation, I believe it would be valuable to try to incorporate different types of media. Of course there will be the initial text or “speech” but it may also be good to display a short video or pictures, essentially something of that element. I, as a practicing server, though it might be best, since our topic is on the serving industry, to gather a sample of checks that I had throughout a shift and disperse them around the room. Within each check would come a description of the service provided and each person would be asked how much they would leave as a tip based on the information provided. On the back of each check would be what I actually received. We could use this as an opener to our presentation that will actively engage the audience and get them thinking before our group even begins to speak.