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May 22, 2008

Blog 8 & 9

I want to respond to the goal seven, ensure environmental sustainability, presented by one of the honor groups, and to goal one, eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, by one of the groups in my section. Firstly, I think these two are the most life impacting topics. Both were pretty interesting and well presented.
I find it very cool that group that was presenting goal 7 focused their efforts on problems in state of Minnesota. The examples they brought up to show the ways to better the Riverside Plaza, low income housing neighborhood, are environmentally friendly and some of them are achievable. Two ways that stood out to me are installing water reuse systems that would save tons of water and money, and using solar energy. However, I don't think these buildings worth many other inputs and affords the group was talking about. Their intentions were good, but it would cost too much.
A heart breaking goal-one presentation really captured my attention. It was the saddest presentation of all. I never heard of people who eat dirt to relieve the hunger before. One local organization of Minneapolis was presented as the main focus of the presentation; much research was done on it. This organization helps starving people around the world, by sending them food, chicken rice meals. This presentation reminded me how much I have, comparing to the poor people who have nothing to eat, and how thankful to God I should be for this.

May 1, 2008

Presentation Delivery

The goal of presentation is to deliver a clear, concise and consistent message about the topic. Sometimes keeping the audience's attention is the real challenge. For this reason the pictures are very important in any presentation; they keep the audience involved and make the presentation experience richer. The creativity, careful planning, and the application of the newest technologies available make the presentation even more pleasant experience; message must be delivered in engaging and compelling way. Much depend on the way how the visual is placed within the context of the presentation.

I found the "Godin Method" of presentation as an effective way to get the message across. Slides demonstrated here are now pretty old. However, clicking through them I got some ideas for the design of our Millennium Goal presentation visual. I think some aspects and design details would fit our presentation very good.
Sample thumbs from the July, 2000 presentation by Seth Godin:

A few helpful hints to remember when making a presentation:

1. Keep slides simple.
*Make points short and simple
*Don't use a lot of different colors
*Don't use a lot of different fonts

2. Keep it readable.
*Use appropriate font size

3. Be neat.
*Remove what isn't needed.
*Don't clutter up the presentation with unnecessary information.

"Godin Method" of presentation is a great way to get the message across in a short amount of time, in clear and powerful way, having people understand and remember presentation.

This method is really beneficial for people who are not good at presentations and who are quite nervous about the idea of presenting. It provides clear visual support for the audience and helps make the content more memorable. Also, it keeps audience attention on a screen instead of on a presenter.

The limitations of the human mind to hold discrete pieces of information in short-term memory require much attention on the method of presentation delivery in order for message to be absorb. This method breaks the information in “chunks“, so we can have better results.

While it may not be the best method of all it is still far better than this method below.