IXD302 – Week Nine: Pitching & Presenting

During this week’s class, Daniel gave us a talk on pitching and presentation techniques, and how to go about doing well when presenting our product pitches.

He gave us a list of basic rules to follow when creating our pitch presentations:

  • Use one typeface
  • No crazy fonts
  • Use subtle transitions
  • Short videos/GIFs sparingly
  • Use bullet points for text
  • Don’t use hundreds of slides
  • Check spelling & content is working
  • Practice makes perfect

This was an example of a badly designed slide, as there is just way too much information. The information on a slide needs to be kept very short, so the audience can listen to your voice rather than paying too much attention to what words are on screen.

Ratios of Slide Decks:

16:9
1920 x 1080
1280 x 720

Rhetoric

  • Repetition
  • Rhetorical Questions
  • Metaphor
  • Alliteration
  • Humour
  • Personal Anecdotes

Daniel ended on the note that you should be passionate about your pitch. If you aren’t interested in the thing you are trying to present to others, then there is no hope that they will be interested either. It is important to become invested in your own product, so I want to begin developing my ideas further and coming up with a final idea for the pitch.

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