- Length: A minimum of 20 slides
- Format: Slideshow. Power Point, Canva presentation, Google Slides are all okay
- Delivery: Turn in your slides to D2L Dropbox as a PDF
Choose: You need to choose 1 of the following design elements to incorporate into your presentation:
- A logo (this could be a stylized version of your name — see some of the exemplars for examples – Canva can help with this if you aren’t great with Adobe tools)
- An infographic (You could use Picktochart or Canva)
Required: You are required to have the following design concerns covered:
- You need a defined color scheme, set of images and theme that says something about you, specifically. Use your PBSOA to help get you started. No generic presentations!
- Images should be intentional and formatted in a similar way. Do not just throw images onto your pages. Use Canva or PicMonkey to format them all in similar ways.
Required Reading and Resources
- “You Suck At Power Point”
- “3 Steps to Prevent Presentation Pollution”
- “How to Create Presentation Slides That Are Out of This World”
- “10 Tips for Designing Presentations That Don’t Suck: Pt. 1”
- “10 Tips for Designing Presentations That Don’t Suck: Pt. 2”
- Breaking the Presentation Spell, by Dave Underwood
Above ALL else: START EARLY (yes, I’m shouting). This is a time consuming project. If you leave it to the last minute you will not only frustrate yourself, but you will likely do a poor job.
- Complete your Personal Branding Strategy and Online Audit (PBSOA) before beginning this assignment, as a part of the rubric requires that you are “matching” up ideas from both assignments.
- Before you get started, scroll down and take a look at some of the exemplars I’ve linked. They’re all doable examples of what you can do with design to tell a story about yourself.
- Brainstorm what you’d like to say. What are your most interesting accomplishments and experiences? What are your professional goals? What expertise do you already have that companies will find valuable? These are the kinds of things that you should think about including in your narrative.
- Write your script in a Gdoc or Word document. Before you even open up Slides, write what you want to say in a document. I promise it will make things easier to edit because you’ll be able to easily get the “big picture” of your text. When your words are on slides to begin with, sometimes the “flow” of your narrative gets messed up.
- Find images and make them big to check for clarity– No fuzzy images!
- Find images that are okay to use. Do not simply Google for images that you like. You are required to use fair use images, or images that you own. The Resource Library has lots of sources to help you out.
- Find images that match. You images need to match your words, whether that’s literal or by evoking a feeling, make sure you’re not using images that are simply decorative.
- Start with a blank slate. Do. Not. Use. A. Theme. Start with solid colored blank slides. White is fine. Black is fine. Think about Dave’s talks when you choose. Oversaturated primary colors are not as easily read, nor are they always professional looking. If you like bright colors, consider using them for emphasis, rather than background.
- Do not use more than 2 font types. More than this looks messy.
- Mess around with it. Workshop it. Get feedback from me and from Online Comp Hub, if you need it. This is a hard project to make picture perfect, so don’t get frustrated if it seems difficult.
The Resume Presentation is only eligible for revision if the Basic Requirements laid out in the assignment prompt have been completely fulfilled. Any failure to follow the directions may void your eligibility to revise.
How well have you identified and addressed your audience?
____ 25 (Pathos): Development of Personal Voice
- Are you using first person narration?
- Are you using short, easy to read sentences?
- How well does your narrative express the kinds of values you discuss in your PBSOA?
____ 25 (Ethos): Research and Style
- How well does your presentation express the values and ideas you discuss in your PBSOA?
- Is your presentation free of sentence-level errors?
____ 25 (Logos): Organization of Information and Document Design
- How well does your presentation express the ideas and values you discuss in your PBSOA
- How well are you using design methods from the required reading to create a well designed project?
How well have you addressed the project’s requirements and objectives?