Q: Should I take notes or will I be able to store some of the slides?
A: There are a range of options including a recording and a PDF version available here.
Q: Does Cliff work with teachers and students (HS, MS) to connect these 'presentation' techniques and the underlying principles of story-telling, thesis support, etc? With so much emphasis on 21st century skills, multi-media presentations, and the like, there seems to be a brilliant opportunity to engage young presenters with these vital ideas and techniques.
A: I'm happy to speak to any group who invites me to introduce the approach - I think that students would love this sort of approach.
Q: How do you achieve the nice slow fade/dissolve transition to you presentation transitions?
A: I used the Fade animation effect, at Medium or Fast setting.
Q: Is there a suggested amount of time that one slide should be shown before moving on to the next, i.e., how long should a person talk to one slide?
A: I would say about a slide or two per minute - I had a total of about 90 slides today
Q: Who are the winners of the drawing?
A: They are listed here.
Q: What are Cliff's recommendation for formatting for 1 - 2 day workshops?
A: Use the story template to break up the entire event into three large groupings - there's a great example of someone using the story template to plan a 3-year curriculum in the discussion board here.
Q: Is there also a website for Barbara Minto's Pyramid Principle?
A: You can visit Barbara’s site here - I highly recommend her book and workshop.
Q: Where are the free downloads on your website?
A: They are available here.
Q: Will this approach results in more slides and is there a limit to how many slides is a no-no?
A: Yes, I used 90 slides today, which is probably about right for an hour.
Q: Could Cliff post something on his website about his position on corporate branding on slides so we can share it with our corporate branding departments?
A: I've posted about it in my blog here, but am working on an article and will announce when it’s ready in my newsletter.
Q: How would you adjust your use of color to take into account the various levels of color blindness in your audience?
A: Great question - Kathy Jacobs has written about things that you can do, and there's additional information from Steve Rindsberg at this link
Q: What do you think about the slide transition options? Some like them some don't. I find them sort of distracting.
A: I didn't use any today, but instead had a graphical element Fade as the slide appeared. A general rule is that they should not call attention to themselves
Q: Are sounds and video/action passe?
A: You can use any multimedia element, as long as it is directly related to making your point on a frame in your storyboard.
Q: Should each slide have notes?
A: Yes, unless you're just putting something together quickly and don't need to keep a record of what you said verbally.
Q: I don't know, whether there are more participants from Germany, but you should mention that the book is also available in German!
A: Great point! Danke!
Q: Are standard templates with alot of graphics distracting to the learning environment?
A: In most cases, yes.