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Computer Technology

The art of creating visual material to accompany your talk has
certainly changed over the years. We have moved from flip
charts to hand-written overhead transparencies to 35mm
slides to computers with capabilities of full motion video and

But watch out! This technology is very seductive and can end
up defeating the whole purpose of your presentation... which
is clear, effective communication. Here are some of the
opportunities and ways to avoid the pitfalls.

Learn These Tools!

Computers will help you create professional-looking visuals
quickly and easily.
     I highly recommend you use desktop publishing or pre-
sentation software to prepare your transparencies or slides.
This software makes it easy to create eye-catching information
by changing print styles (fonts), adding colour, and inserting
graphics. It is amazing! However, it is also easy to go
overboard, so don't overdo it.
     Integrated software packages (called suites) are also
useful because they enable you to easily combine information
from spreadsheets, databases, and text files.
     More advanced equipment allows you to project your
computer display onto an overhead screen. With this capabil-
ity, you can manipulate text/graphic files or switch to a video,
all in the midst of your presentation.
     If you plan to use a computer when you present, you must
know how to operate both the hardware and the software: from
turning it on and off, to recalling and changing programs and
files, to operating the computerized projection equipment (if

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