Awesome Presentations at #TTCNYC15


Back in November 2015 Simon and I had the honour of joining the amazing faculty and participants at the Teaching Course in New York. We’ve already shared some of our thoughts and content, on Educational Theory You Must Know, Being a Better Learner (parts 1, 2 and 3) and there are other fantastic resources scattered around other FOAM sites such as this simulation masterclass by Jesse Spurr. I also talked about Presentation Skills (one of my great passions) – in particular, making awesome and beautiful presentations – in a half-day lecture-based session alongside our good friend Scott Weingart.

First up, Scott took us through his organisational approach to conference talks, from the ideas hole (for content), through the seven phases of rehearsal to the screen check slide to ensure everything projects exactly as he wants it to – you can find his presentation planning resources over here at EMCrit and the video is here:

I then talked about the evolution of my approach to taking raw content and carving it into something engaging and beautiful. I borrowed Ross Fisher’s Prezentationskills blog’s P cubed concept to explain the importance of the story, the slides and the performance of the talk itself – you can read more about the concept of the three P components and their interconnected effects on the awesomeness of your talk here. Ross has also shared the process of creating a talk under the hashtag #HTDAP (how to do a presentation) – there are some storified tweets here.

So here’s the video of what I shared – thoughts welcome!

Some resources I mention (aside from those above)

  • Canva – graphic design site
  • Pixabay (free images, attribution and royalty free, searchable)
  • Morguefile (free images, attribution and royalty free, searchable)
  • My newest find – searchable, attribution-free, free downloads from Pexels
  • More sites with free stock photos for download at BootStrapBay
  • Flickr (images – attribution often, but not always, required – check specific creative commons licensing for image)
  • And if you want to tweet your key messages or images while you talk (from PowerPoint or Keynote), check out this awesome and totally free resource from Jonathan Hurley

The afternoon led onto some short workshops on storyboarding, slide design and theatre skills for presentation – but you’ll have to come to the Teaching Course itself to get the benefit of those 🙂



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Cite this article as: Natalie May, "Awesome Presentations at #TTCNYC15," in St.Emlyn's, May 31, 2016,

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    1. Hi Josh, the video is owned and was hosted by Rob Rogers (@EM_Educator): you’re not the first to ask about this and I’m trying to get the original from Rob so I can host it myself and safeguard its future – but no joy yet! I’ll post it here if/when I manage to resurrect it.

Thanks so much for following. Viva la #FOAMed

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