Thursday, November 19, 2009

Presentation Day

I'm giving my presentation on user interactivity with documentation to my class this evening. Students will be doing their presentations over the next two weeks. I volunteered to go today—the first day—ostensibly to get it over with; in reality I have so much else to do that taking longer to do it wouldn't have helped me, it's just a matter of what I juggle when at this point. Going today also means I'm not expected to have my associated paper together at this point so that helps me. I think a lot of people in the class are working on their papers and presentations simultaneously; normally that's how I'd do it, too, but it just wasn't an option this time. The presentation is due today so I focused on that; the paper isn't due until December 17th. I have a lot more due between now and then so the paper will have to wait.

I ended up framing my presentation around the following questions:
  • What is user interactivity?
  • Why is it important?
  • What are some issues?
  • What are companies doing it?
  • How is it redefining documentation?
  • What are some implications for technical communicators?
I have quotes from technical communicators throughout my presentation to support my positions. Several are from Twitter: Some of the things I'm talking about are definitely hot topics right now. I think the screenshots I have of tweets are a nice touch. Hopefully the class (and professor) will think so, too!

The presentation is supposed to be 15 minutes long and I have 34 slides... Several are title slides but I'm still hoping I can get through them all fast enough without it looking like I'm rushing. And on that note, off to practice!


  1. Good luck! I know you'll do great! You come across as a very thorough student and I'm sure your hard work is going to pay off. And I know you'll be relieved to have this behind you!

  2. that sounds like an interesting presentation, even for the layperson. maybe you should post it when you are done
    good luck!

  3. good luck!!! i am with wifey, post it later!

  4. Thanks for the good wishes! I think I'm ready. Presentations are always a bit nerve-wracking no matter how prepared you are.

    I'm not sure how to post a PowerPoint presentation to a blog -- guess I'll have to look into it!

  5. Happy Thanksgiving Peggy! I hope you get SOME downtime! =)

  6. Hope it all went well! Happy Thanksgiving!!


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