Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Props and Demonstration

Three Ways of Learning

        People have three major ways of learning
  1. Visual, i.e., seeing: About 40% of us are visual learners. These people connect by seeing. You need to build slides with few words and many pictures for these people.
  2. Auditory, i.e., listening: There are about 20%-30% of us falling into this category. It doesn’t mean you should explain boring things to them. You need to tell interesting and preferably personal stories to them. 
  3. Kinesthetic, i.e., doing: The rest of us learns by touching or practicing. They get bored easily when listening or reading. Props or demos are especially intriguing to these people. You may prepare exercise or try-out for these people as well.

In Your Presentation

        Unfortunately, you cannot expect to have only one type of learners in your talk. So you need to prepare for all types. You need to prepare picture-based slides, you need to tell stories, and you need to prepare demos.

Good Demos

        Good demos have 5 characteristics:
  • Short: So that it won’t bore people
  • Simple: Not more than 1-2 key messages. Do not overwhelm people with too much information.
  • Sweet: Present only coolest differentiating features
  • Swift: Make it fast (e.g., less than 15 seconds). People do not have much patience
  • Substantial: You demos should be a solution to real-world problems.
        During you demo, try to have fun and focus on one feature only. Don’t overload your audience with information. And, don’t forget about various types of learners. Try to have visual, auditory, and kinesthetic in your demo.

Source: The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience 


Book or Audiobooks?

          Personally, I prefer audiobooks. It's fun, and I can listen when I'm doing something else. It also makes other activities (e.g., jogging) a lot more fun. For more detail about audiobooks, please read [this post].     
          There is one more reason that may encourage you to go for the audiobook version. You can get it now for FREE. Audible offers you a free trial for 14 days. Even if you get the book and cancel the subscription right away (so that you don't have to pay), you can keep the book. And, don't worry if you lost the audiobook file. Just log into audible.com. You can keep downloading the over and over again.

    About the summary: It takes time to finish up a book. And, when you do, sometimes, you want to review what you learn from the book. If you do not make  notes as you read, you might have to go through the book once again. This can be time-consuming when you are dealing with a book. But you can still flip through the book and locate what you are looking for.

However, when the material is an audiobook, it is extremely hard to locate a specific part of content. Most likely you will have to listen to the entire audiobook once again.

This book summary will help solve the pain of having to go through the book all over again.

I am leaving out the details of the books. Most books have interesting examples and case studies, not included here. Reading the original book would be much more entertaining and enlightening. If you like the summary, you may want to get the original from the source below.

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