I’m just back from a week in Paris. Having visited the Louvre, the Picasso museum, the Pompidou Center, and the Rodin museum, I’m feeling visually inspired. Now I’m talking with one of our graphic designers about cooking up a one-hour lunch time brownbag on the topic: “How to make better presentations.”
My friend Ron Dietl at UCLA’s CRESST is quite the evangelist on this topic and we have presented together.
Like you, we have seen so many potentially good presentations spoiled by godawful slide decks, not only on campus but at regional and national conferences: Slide after slide of bullet points and dense text. Research shows that text-heavy slides do *not* reinforce what the speaker is saying; this practice actually distracts the audience by messing with short-term memory and thus retention.
Our artist, Janet, and I are planning a workshop for researchers about presenting ideas graphically, and telling stories with pictures.
I’m proposing that we cite some of the fabulous ideas in these books
Rodin, Picasso, and the Louvre have nothing to worry about. But maybe this exercise will add to effective communication of research.