Search the web for tips on making an effective presentation these days, and one could be forgiven for drawing the conclusion that substance has succumbed completely to style.
There’s no shortage of tips for dressing the part, for acing the delivery, for delivering stylish slides, and even for making the right follow up and call to action in closing.
But what about content? What about ideas? What about the actual information you intend to impart with your audience?
Presentations aren’t about looking slick – they’re about making a case, building awareness, imparting knowledge. Sure, it never hurts to add a little polish, but only after you’ve added all the useful materials first. Frankly, there’s not an audience in the world that wouldn’t happily trade away a little flash for better information and greater detail – if your content is valuable, most everyone will forgive a humble delivery.
And that’s true not only for keynotes and town halls and TEDtalks – that’s just as true for simple presentations in meetings and classrooms and anywhere else information is shared.
Today more and more businesses and universities have discovered that video presentation software like Panopto can empower their entire organization to present and share knowledge in a video format that’s exponentially more engaging than email or text. Here too, perhaps even more so than when just presenting live, the importance of your information is paramount. After all, with these presentation capture tools it’s possible for your presentation to live on, shared among peers, colleagues, students, and anyone else interested in learning what you have to impart.
This week we saw more and more people taking advantage of the power of video to share ideas, send messages, and make a statement. And in the spirit of passing it on, these are just a few of the ideas shared this week with Panopto’s video presentation software.
Water Security and Climate Change
The effects of climate change will have far reaching consequences for water resources across all dimensions of water security, particularly through changing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as floods and droughts. Join the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment for this recorded presentation from Declan Conway of the London School of Economics, summarizing the interactions between anthropogenic climate change and water security and reviews developments in research on climate change and water resources during the last three decades, tracing a shift of focus from climate impacts to broader management and policy concerns addressing the need for adaptation.
Rugby players need to demonstrate a range of physical attributes, including strength, speed, power, and aerobic fitness. The foundations of athletic ability are the control and efficiency of movement, often referred to as functional movement control (FMC), which incorporates elements of strength, flexibility, motion, stability, resistance to fatigue and joint position sense. Studies in American Football have shown that low FMC competency is associated with injury risk, and improved FMC scores can be achieved with corrective training. Listen in with the project team from the University of Bath as they share the latest results from ‘FMC: RUGBY’, a new project aimed at improving the physical development and reducing the occurrence of sport injuries experienced by rugby players in the 15-18 age groups.
Domestic Violence and Women with Learning Disabilities
Join in the audience to hear from Michelle McCarthy, as she details the discoveries made by her team as part of an unprecedented two-year research project by the University of Kent’s Tizard Centre, exploring the problem of domestic abuse suffered by women with learning disabilities. McCarthy’s work shines a light on the experiences of former victims, as well as the attitudes and practices of professionals who support such women. In this recorded keynote, McCarthy calls for domestic violence services to become more aware of learning disabilities, while learning disability services must appreciate the risk for abuse within relationships. She closes with a call for mainstream refuges to be made more accessible to women with learning disabilities.
Should We Give to Charity?
The Department of Development Studies at the SOAS University of London gives students the opportunity to explore social, political and economic changes in the developing world. Join the staff of the department for this inspirational preview video of just what interested students can expect from pursuing studies in Development, in this flipped classroom-style topic introduction video exploring the rationale and usefulness of why people give money to international development charities.
Capturing the Zeitgeist: What’s new in the world of technology and languages?
Attend the annual Languages Southeast conference keynote, featuring industry thought leader Joe Dale. Joe Dale is an independent consultant who works with a range of organisations such as Network for Languages, ALL, The British Council, the BBC, Skype and Microsoft. He is host of the TES MFL forum, Vital MFL Portal Manager for the Open University, former SSAT Languages Lead Practitioner, a regular conference speaker and recognised expert on technology and language learning. For anyone involved in education technology, whether you are primary or secondary, beginner or expert with technology, you’ll find this event extremely useful!
Kents Hill Varsity Ice Hockey vs Hebron
Finally, cheer on the Kents Hill School Huskies varsity hockey team in this replay of their match against the Hebron Lumberjacks. Ice hockey has a long and proud tradition at Kents Hill School, and fans of the team can follow the action webcast live and on-demand on the school’s Panopto video platform.
This article was originally published on Panopto’s blog