Presentation is key

November 18, 2009

Today, we had to do little powerpoint presentations in my CIS class. Each group consisted of 3 members and were given a single computer component as a topic. We were to create a 3-5 min presentation, short and simple. John was in my group and we had to present first. Let’s just say, we had the strongest presentation in the whole class.

I was truly amazed at how terrible everyone else was at presenting! It was just sad. People were reading off their powerpoint, that’s a big no-no! There was this one guy who would constantly shift his weight, left and right, left and right. Stand still! Other people muttered their parts, you know, so that you didn’t get their secret information. /sarcasm The worse part was when they didn’t present to us. What I mean is, they would stare at their powerpoint on the projection screen behind them, look to their group partners, or the part I hate the most, stare directly at the computer screen. Seriously, step away from the computer and hold the mouse. The teacher said that it was a test to see if we learned how to use powerpoint and not to test our presentation skills. Then, why ask us to present?  Clearly,  none of the others had any skill in it. Most groups had paragraphs, copied word for word out of the text, filling up an entire slide!!! Bullet points, so that we listen to you and not spend all over our time reading. Did these people even do presentations in high school? I can actually say, I’m glad I had like, 900 powerpoint presentations in high school, even QUEST.

Speaking of presenting, I recently got to watch a few episodes of Good Eats and Martin Yan’s Hong Kong. By far, two of my favorite food presenters, Alton Brown and Martin Yan. Both are very different and yet they totally draw you in. Alton Brown combines smarts, sensibility, and comedy into his show. The way he teaches is informing and entertaining all while being accessible. I try to model after him in a lot of ways, it’s awesome. Martin Yan is all energy, all the time. He’s the kind of person you want to run into at the market, he’ll definitely show you what’s good, why it’s good, and even how to make it good. Also, he cracks small jokes all the time, totally win.


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