These are just some quick thoughts that I have about the last project we had for Writing and Digital Media; specifically, the Ignite style of PowerPoint presentation.
I will say that it was really nice how Ignite forced us to compress our presentations into five minutes. In any other class, doing presentations for a class of twenty would have taken two weeks, not two classes.
It was also pretty intense. I’ve had a lot of experience with public speaking, and no matter what I always get nervous when I present. But having to pace myself to a string of fifteen second slides added an entire level of magnitude to my nerves. I think that someone could do a scientific study on the brain and prove that a human’s perception of time speeds up drastically during a presentation, because I could swear that each slide lasted only five seconds.
I’m torn on the issue of Ignite. On the one hand, I suppose it was a unique challenge to learn how to constrain myself to the Ignite format. On the other hand, I have a particular PowerPoint style that is very different from Ignite, and I kind of sort of hated Ignite. At least, I hated it at first. And honestly, given the choice, I probably wouldn’t ever do an Ignite style presentation again unless I had to.
But I do think that this kind of presentation is a very good constraint to introduct, especially in a classroom environment where presentations often last way too long. Or even in a business environment, where presentations go on FOREVER.