Effective Presentations (part 1)

In our first class of the 2nd term, the main topic was Presentation Skills. Each student will give an in-class presentation this term (Assignment #4).

You may develop and deliver your presentation individually, or you may work in a team of two. In both cases, you’ll be required to deliver your presentation in a timed format:

  • If you work individually, you’ll prepare and deliver an Ignite presentation. An Ignite presentation or Ignite talk is simply a 5-minute presentation of 20 slides, with the timer set for 15 seconds per slide.
  • If you work as a pair, you’ll prepare and deliver a Pecha Kucha presentation. Also called Pecha Kucha 20×20, this format is very similar to Ignite — only the timing is different. Each of the 20 slides is shown for 20 seconds. The length of a Pecha Kucha presentation is 6 minutes & 40 seconds.

The slides advance automatically so you will  need to design your presentation for that format and practice delivering your presentation within those time constraints. The requirements of the presentation and some tips on presentation skills will be discussed in class:


During class we watched Scott Berkun’s excellent Ignite talk: “Why and How to Give an Ignite Talk” — this is a great place to start. Watch it as an excellent example of an Ignite talk, as well as a source of useful advice for how to prepare one.

Some other useful presentation resources are listed here:

This article was written by presentation expert Olivia Mitchell on creating an Ignite or Pecha Kucha presentation. This is terrific, visual article — very helpful.

This blog post has excellent advice on finding relevant, potent images for your presentation.

Useful checklist for ALL presentations — not just PowerPoint.

Prezi videos, examples and templates.

Nancy Duarte is the author of the excellent books Resonate and Slideology – excellent sources for all presenters. This 25-minute video is worth viewing (and bookmarking) if you want a deeper understanding of what makes a presentation which truly connects with an audience.


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