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This exercise is designed to discuss what not to do in presentations, but in a relaxing and humorous way.
This is a classroom-based activity. I usually use this activity before students present in class. This is activity is a good way of helping students to see the problems many presenters must face, but in a tone that lets the students see the problems as comical. The nature of this activity creates a very light and friendly atmosphere in the classroom.
- Before beginning this activity, teachers should watch the YouTube video, “How not to use PP” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpvgfmEU2Ck)
- Explain to students that the activity should help them become familiar with common problems presenters experience when giving a presentation.
- While the video uses comedy by Don McMillan, the mistakes are real and students should know that these mistakes are funny because we know they happen.
- Get the students to break into groups.
- Discuss what the students found. Find out what students have seen and how the problems might be fixed.
- One thing the students learn is that the simple design is often the most effective. You might also combine this exercise with a presenter video, one in which the presenter demonstrates skillful execution. Now the students can compare and contrast the two videos.