It is the most common noted requirement for success whether it be on a medical call, the fire ground, in any type of management, and especially in education. There are many ideas about how we can improve effective communication, but educational communication is something I have taken a particular interest in over the years.
There is a saying in the blogosphere of “Content is king.” I am a big believer of this for both online and offline endeavors. We often overlook the “other” truth of “presentation is queen” because there are many of us who are not necessarily skilled imagery artists such as Kyle David Bates. Since human beings are notoriously image focused, does this mean that our communication has to remain less effective than that of others?
Friday night I was able to attend John Dillon‘s class Enhance Your PowerPoint: Using Adobe Photoshop and Elements. His presentation was unlike most of the others in that he had a high level of audience participation using response pads provided by C3 SoftWorks, an educational company that he also founded. His presentation was also more like a workshop, as he demonstrated on the screen how to perform the actual tasks he was describing.
One of the great things about John is that he has made alot of the tutorials available at Visual Broccoli, such as this one which he did live during the session:
Having the ability to review this type of material after the session is, in my opinion, priceless. John also has a lot of other tutorials available and so even though he ran a bit short of time I honestly feel I walked away with more than what was advertised.
Be sure to check John’s tutorials out at Visual Broccoli and if you ever have a chance to attend a conference he’s presenting at be sure to make it a point to attend.