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Hamlet in PowerPoint
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0262  Friday, 30 January 2004

[1]     From:   Bruce Fenton <
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        Date:   Thursday, 29 Jan 2004 09:48:39 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0252 Hamlet in PowerPoint

[2]     From:   Michael Young <
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        Date:   Thursday, 29 Jan 2004 10:02:56 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0252 Hamlet in PowerPoint


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From:           Bruce Fenton <
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Date:           Thursday, 29 Jan 2004 09:48:39 EST
Subject: 15.0252 Hamlet in PowerPoint
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0252 Hamlet in PowerPoint

PowerPoint makes all speakers "acceptable" it is nearly impossible to be
great with PowerPoint (imagine Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" in
PowerPoint) but it also can serve as a crutch for weak speakers.

It is now overused, especially in business and in academic circles where
some professors will actually expect students to use PowerPoint when a
much stronger presentation could be made without it.

Some quick rules of thumb:

-- Remember the foundation of all good speeches:  1) Tell 'em what your
going to tell them, 2) Tell 'em, 3) Tell them what you told 'em
-- Keep slides blank when talking
-- Don't use handouts until AFTER speaking, otherwise you are competing
with them for attention
-- If you must use PowerPoint slides keep it to visuals only - graphs,
photos, charts etc. and keep them up for a short time only and be silent
or brief when they are up, then take them down and continue
-- If you must use text, keep it short
-- Never, ever read off the slides
-- Tell a story
-- Be yourself, be natural and speak from the heart

A lot of these tips came from my speaking consultant, Tom Kennedy (I do
professional speaking)
Tom is a professor at Emerson in Boston and is a great coach for anyone
in need, email me if you need other info

-Bruce Fenton

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From:           Michael Young <
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Date:           Thursday, 29 Jan 2004 10:02:56 -0500
Subject: 15.0252 Hamlet in PowerPoint
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0252 Hamlet in PowerPoint

I agree with many of Michael Cohen's points about Powerpoint in the
Literature class room. It is a great tool for organizing and focusing,
even adding visuals to your text and speech, but it must not overwhelm
the message or the messenger.

Also, it is being used all the time but it is also being used in most
any course and by the students, not just instructors. Many of our
undergrads have been using PPT for years (I've had former students in
Elem. Ed tell me their 3rd graders are experts in it).   With the advent
of more and more
'smart classrooms', it is becoming part of the common language of
teaching - but it cannot replace critical thinking.

Michael Young
La Roche College

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