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Re^5: Please review my OSCON presentation

by jarich (Curate)
on Jul 25, 2008 at 04:14 UTC ( #700021=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^4: Please review my OSCON presentation
in thread Please review my OSCON presentation

I think the pictures are perfect. Pictures entertain the more creative side of the brain so that it doesn't start distracting the more logical side from paying attention. All of your pictures tie in well with your topic. By reusing images the creative side of the brain will have something to do, by flooding the watcher with memories of what was going on last time they saw that image. Finally, for those who have given up on paying attention to your material (perhaps it's not relevant, perhaps they just came because a friend was coming, perhaps their stomach hurts), pictures give them a reason to keep looking up.

I help pjf with his talks all the time. We've found through experience, that fast moving slides with lots of pictures, get a much better reaction than a few pictures here and there.

If asked, I'd say that one picture every 4-5 slides is not a bad goal to aim for, but it should be a *minimum*. It depends a lot on how fast your slides move. I'd suggest you want one picture every 90 seconds. If you spend 2 minutes per slide, that's one picture per slide. If you spend 6 - 10 seconds per slide (as we tend to do these days) then that's on picture every 9 - 15 slides. After enough talks you get a feel for it though.

Anyway, I'm sorry I didn't comment sooner, but thanks for putting these up; I found it very interesting and am sad I wasn't as OSCON to attend!


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Re^6: Please review my OSCON presentation
by tilly (Archbishop) on Jul 25, 2008 at 05:03 UTC
    I wish you were at OSCON as well. I would have loved to have met you, and you should have received your award in person. Perhaps you'll be at the next OSCON?

    In the talk I was spending about a minute and a half per slide, and I didn't feel unhappy during the presentation with the pictures. The feedback that I've gotten so far on the talk has been positive. However it was so much work to put together that I'm going to be in no hurry to repeat the experience. :-/

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