A few weeks ago I solicited suggestions for how NOT to give a talk, and I was overwhelmed and greatly amused by the volume and enthusiasm of responses.
At about the same time, Dave Ng over at The World’s Fair was thinking along the same lines. He claims to have created the most evil powerpoint slide ever. Take a look; it’s pretty heinous. He also made a totally awesome video montage of things to avoid while speaking publicly.
I’m not as video savvy as Dave, nor will I lay claim to the absolute slide ever. But I did manage to put together a pretty darn awful powerpoint presentation. Before I give you the link, I’d like you to imagine the presenter dressed in an XL bright red sweatshirt and backwards baseball cap. She of course doesn’t know how to make the clicker work, talks with her back to the audience, and when she does figure out how to use the laser pointer, she waves it wildly around the slowly animating words.
One other thing – My deepest and humblest apologies to the authors of the paper I massacred in this powerpoint. I actually really, really like your paper. I picked it so that I could do an enthusiastic job presenting it in the how to give a not-so-bad talk portion of the class.
OK, here’s the link. It had my students in stitches. I hope it has a similar effect on you. Feel free to use it in your teaching – obviously you don’t have to know any of the content to give this talk. But in case you can’t imagine how to deliver it, I’ve written my delivery notes in the notes section below each slide.