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I wish more presenters knew how to give good presentations. I’ve been to many presentations where the presenters didn’t use their presentation software for the benefit of the audience but for their own. They would put up a bulleted list and just follow each point in turn. I’ve done this myself and I regret it. When I taught classes at each of the first two ChurchMedia.net national conventions, I basically used my presentation as a teleprompter to help me remember what I intended to say. This is fine, but it didn’t really add to what I was trying to do.

A better way to do it is to augment the vocal aspect of the presentation with visuals that aren’t easily described, but not text that can just as easily be said. There are a couple of people that are particularly good at this sort of thing. I don’t care if you prefer Windows or voted for Bush in 2000, Steve Jobs and Al Gore are more effective because they follow this method. For more information on how Jobs presents, read this from BusinessWeek.com. For more about Al Gore’s presentation style read this from Wired.com.

I just wish more pastors and business professionals could do this. They’d be more effective. My last class I taught on podcasting about 18 months ago changed tactics and the response was overwhelming.

Paul

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Cartoon of my younger daughterNow this is cool. Upload a picture and tweak it to look like a cartoon. It took me longer to save it than to do it. Check it out: BeFunky

Paul

An article I wrote in Church Production Magazine a couple of years ago is quoted in a great book: Special Event Production: The Resources

The author sent me a copy and it looks great! And I’m not talking about the quote. The rest totally rocks.

Paul

Now, I can think of something to do with this. We have a teaching pastor who likes to draw on the screen for showing historic locations on maps. This would do the trick for almost no money. We actually have a Wii at church, so we could do this. Watch the video here: Clips: Use a Wiimote to Make Whiteboards Out of Anything or visit the site for the guy who wrote the software here.

If I can get the Mac version, I’ll do it myself. It seems like a good alternative to a touch screen.

Paul

I realize that many churches who do use projection still use powerpoint. This article has a list tips: PowerPoint Presentations: Tips To Avoid Last Minute Surprises | Digital Inspiration Technology Guide

Paul

On today’s “Tech,no Babel”:

-Hop into the Stream,
-Honey it’s Time,
-The New Gradients,
and much, much more.

On today’s “Tech,no Babel”:

-Hop into the Stream,
-Honey it’s Time,
-The New Gradients,
and much, much more.

Over at Presentation Zen, they’ve got a good article on Learning from Bill Gates & Steve Jobs

Gates presents like most people. Steve Jobs is exceptional. Pay particular attention to the difference in their slides. Look at the ratio of words on screen between the two and keep it in mind.

Paul

Over at Presentation Zen, they’ve got a good article on Learning from Bill Gates & Steve Jobs

Gates presents like most people. Steve Jobs is exceptional. Pay particular attention to the difference in their slides. Look at the ratio of words on screen between the two and keep it in mind.

Paul

S-video to VGA

Some may wonder how to get television signals (like from a dvd player) to work with computer signals (like into a projector). It’s also difficult to find a way to switch between computer signals. There are many ways, but some are better than others.

Consumer devices that do this and switch between computers are few. You probably won’t be able to find one device that can do both. You can either use the DVD player software in the computer (that will be the cheapest and highest quality, but somewhat less reliable solution) or you can get a s-video to vga adapter. Those are usually advertised as “play your console games on a computer monitor” adapters. Add a vga switcher (usually made for business presentations) and you’re set.

Now, for the right way. Buy a scalar w/ multiple inputs from Kramer, FSR, Folsom, TVOne, Analogway, etc. You plug everything in and it scales it so they’re both better resolution and usually have some sort of transition other than a glitch (like the solution above does). It’s usually fade through black or freeze-cut, but that’s better than glitch.

Ideally, you’d get a switcher/scaler. I use the Analogway Octofade. It takes anything in (okay, not anything, but VGA, composite, s-video) and scales and switches between them seamlessly. It even does things like a key. The down side is that it’s much more expensive than the other two solutions.

Paul