(Rerun) How to Construct an Informative Presentation

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Reader Comments (18)

You owe me a new laughbox for panel 4.

May 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDekord

Against my better judgement I will probably show my wife, who is an English teacher, this comic.

May 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSaiphas_Cain

It doesn't say "Rerun" anywhere and it's copyright date is 2010.

Fixed. This is, indeed, a rerun from 2010. ~Missy

May 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Panel 1 for the win. Wait, panel 2 for the win. Hold on. Panel three. Definitely FTW. HOLD EVERYTHING! Public Education system... WINNER!!!

May 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFakeScott

It's the PPT presenters who put up a slide with a lot of words THEN READ THEM OUT that piss me off.

If all you're going to do is say what's written on the slide, GFTO of the way and let us read it without YOU droning on!

May 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWow

Part 4: dumb questions and snarky remarks

May 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

A timeless classic, and I have indeed heard this before.

May 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrnak M

If you rerun it once more, you'll have a cumulative metapresentation.

May 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Walters

This "American public school method" is also classical rhetoric, a trimmed down version of dispositio, the method of arguing cases used by people like Cicero.

May 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterProfessor Gump

That is essentially how I remember my 7th grade public school teacher instructing us for our first ever term papers. And yes, it is still a painfully dull memory that I will never be rid of. In fact, it may just be my last thought before I die...."conclusion."

May 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike N.

10 Goto 20
20 Goto 10

May 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

I am very happy you re-posted this as I have not seen it before. I about busted a gut. Thanks!

May 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGary

John Walters: love it! The comic is hilarious but your comment piled on nicely! Metapresentation, indeed. Please mark this on your calendar, Scott, for implementation in the future. Or, as a good footnote to your next book!

May 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRiley

You forgot the fourth part: PowerPoint.

May 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLuke

Great comic!

Reminds me of a previous job where as the most senior technical expert I was also responsible for training, and as the department grew I had to show others how to do that job as well.

At the company's zenith I had to teach *those* people to teach others in how to train, meaning I was training trainers to train trainers about training.

It was all very Escher.

May 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGil

This is, indeed, a rerun from 2010. ~Missy

... and my irony meter explodes.

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRM

Since this is a rerun, you've told us six times.

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterORione

Weird. The intro-body-conclusion thing is a style I haven't encountered since high school. Every scientific presentation I've ever heard just jumps right in (albeit, I've never heard non-scientific ones). The intro is "what we want to learn" and the conclusion is "our results", which isn't quite the same thing. Perhaps it's just a school thing?

June 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterZ
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