The Art of Critiquing Presentations

As most of you know, business is all about interacting with others. Face-to-face, video chat, email, texting, tweeting, and the ever present presentation. Most people would like to think that you can slap together a presentation using PowerPoint or Prezi in a matter of minutes. Those people are what I like to call wrong. Creating a visual aid to go along with your words is a very effect method to get ideas across smoothly to your audience. Some presentations are marvelous and are very memorable, while others obviously fall short off this goal.

Not only is important in business to know the power presentations have. Not only must you be able to deliver presentations, but you must also be able to see other peoples mistakes so that you know exactly what NOT to do. In class, we were to choose a presentation on slideshare.net and critique it based on factors like: color scheme, visuals, use of text and font, their main point, and quality of their overall work. My favorite presentation was 12 People Proving That Content Marketing Is More Than A Buzzword.

The introductory slide.

The Introductory Slide

In this presentation, I really admired the authors use of high quality images to capture the readers attention. Also, the presentation was kept consistent on its theme of using dogs and having a city snapshot as their background. Although they did not use much white space to emphasize their words, none of the slides were distracting. The visuals and the text worked in unison with each other. Each picture used was relevant to what was being said on the slide, and they were able to slip some humor into it, which I also liked. Every slide was concise while still being clear on what the point was. Something that may have otherwise been overlooked is the fact that, fonts and the backgrounds changed when the presentation reached its critical point (ei. slide 12 and 13).

There was a lot of effort put into this presentation, and the end result really displays this effort.

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Tweetchatting in the Twittersphere- A New Way to Collaborate

As of late, our Business and Social Technology 10 class participated in a tweetchat with Hoover High School as a part of our collaboration project. What exactly is a tweetchat? A tweetchat is basically a virtual gathering using a specific hashtag to identify the tweets belonging to the chat. It sounds scary and slightly intimidating, but is really a fantastic way to voice your opinions on a topic that you are passionate about while seeing other peoples opinions on said topic.

(Check out Hoover’s business educator on twitter @GerriKimble)

With the topic of our tweechat being based on digital citizenship and how our social media presence affects our personal and professional lives, there were a variety of different perspectives that needed to be taken into consideration. Should potential employers or colleges be allowed to view our social media sites to determine whether we are qualified? What do we want our personal brands to say about ourselves? Subtweeting: yay or nay? As a new member of the twittersphere, it was fantastic to see how everyone’s views were put into 140 characters. Learning to collaborate via Twitter was a blast!

The best part of this tweetchat was watching as community members got involved on the conversation. It was not solely directed toward business students a part of the class project, but towards anyone on Twitter who may have stumbled upon our hashtag #camhoobiz.

A fun thing that our business classes  could do for the next tweetchat is to have the moderator answer their own questions at the end of the chat, or to have some of the students take turns hosting a tweetchat on a topic they are interested in to really get a handle on both sides of a tweetchat. Knowing how to be both a leader and a follower breaks the barrier created by misunderstanding and shows that there it is hard work needed by both parties for any business interaction to work.

 

 

 

Digital Citizenship Infographic

My Business and Social Technology 10 class has recently been discussing digital citizenship and created an infographic on the topic on easel.ly. Learning about how your digital footprint can result in either positive or negative repercussions in our day to day lives really opened my eyes to how essential media is to every single person. Interested in this idea, I researched some of the ways that your social media can increase your chances on scoring your dream job. Although these are not the only things that can be done to become a good digital citizen, these were MY top picks. It’s always essential to remember the golden rule of the internet though…would your boss, teacher, pastor, or grandmother be pleased with what you post? If you follow that rule and my tips, then you are all set for the digital exploration ahead of you!

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