This video from TED by Jay Walker:

…. is worth watching at a couple of levels:

1. Fascinating ideas and information about the growth of English as the universal human language. And also the ‘language of problem-solving’.

2. His ability as a presenter. The use of video, sound and image to make his point is great. A huge amount of skill and practice has gone into making a 5minute talk.

The hardest thing to do is to be simple! This is a good example of the kind of presentation I was describing to staff this week who were presenting to parents about our Y7/8 programmes for 2010. There is intense marketing going on at the moment in our area from Intermediates and High Schools. As a full primary we have to make sure that our parents are making decisions based on knowing what it is we REALLY do. Not just the perception, the reality.

Blogs like Presentation Zen are fantastic places to start if you are doing any sort of presenting using powerpoint or keynote! Guy Kawasakis 10-20-30 rule is something to think about too …. (not sure about only 10 slides though). So you don’t end up like this:

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