The topic of interest is non-verbal communication where the intended audience is my instructors and fellow students. The choice of format for my PowerPoint is logical as it effectively offers a contribution to the thorough understanding of concepts surrounding the main topic. The presentation bears a clear beginning, a well-organized body, and clear conclusion. The format is critically designed (including the use of color, graphics, animation, labels, titles, and slide transitions). Graphics and images are sufficiently clear and the sounds produced are audible (Hook, Franks & Baue, 2011). The multimedia product in this case is technically correct and operates within minimal flaws in its presentation. My topic focus ordering trends are sourced from information presentation materials and gurus as required by the task model (Goman, 2009).
They give a series of possible solutions which focus on the shifted, linked and initialized corrective units that support non-communication in general. The focus is initialized at the beginning of the presentation step where the presentation units are maintained within the goal, post-condition task parts and pre- condition actions which are linked together and cause shifts between the specific task parts. As a way of making sure that I gained the complete package of benefits of my efforts, I paid close attention to my poise and enthusiasm, the use of voice, the use of time, and eye contact during the presentation. With respect to poise and enthusiasm, I was keen to create a balance for the audience who sought to either upgrade or downgrade the case I was presenting to the a level of competence in which I was presenting the material.
The flow of the slides in this presentation can be viewed from a mental model evaluation which assesses the mental structure formed due to the presentation aspects of the information types necessitated by the tasks involved. Content evaluation renders the fact that whether the mental interpretations formed adequately meet the needs deliberated by the task information platforms (Goman, 2009). The conceptual content of the presentation is explained within the confines of the slide transitions where the relational concerns give frames of objective properties and that are spatial, kinematic, temporal and dynamic. The other area of interest in my analysis is the use of my voice. I did not speak too softly (mumble) nor did I speak too fast. My audience needed to be in a position of hearing what I said (voice amplitude) and clearly understand what I said (speech, clarity, and word resolution). I also used voice places much emphasis on stressing on important points such as modulating, enunciating, and using tonal variety.
I made intensive use of a number of visual aids. With reference to the rules provided to map the criterion for power point media presentation approaches, the type of mental image formed gives an illustration of the set of presentation units based on mental mappings of the audience (Goman, 2009). In this case, the visual aids used were adequate as they addressed as much information relating to the main topic as possible. Similarly, they were significantly appropriate as the audience was able to relate to it and develop a rapport that ensured that they remained comparable measures on a similar series. In comparing the models formed from the requirements of each information slide, the tasks were well executed to effectively deliver the intended message to the audience.
One of the major concerns of the presentation is getting the intended message across. From the presentation alongside, most of the issues surrounding effective non-verbal communication have been keenly addressed and the audience was moved by the conclusion. Topic focus evaluation in this case concerns itself with the order in which presentation topics have been processed in and attended to as well as how well they have been linked together in comparison to the order of information as required by various tasks. Based on a thorough analysis of the presentation, the topic focus control and intentional ordering are significantly satisfactory (Goman, 2009). For effective transparencies, I used large lettering, landscape format, avoided data in tables and in text, used figures, pictures, with a title, and a short clear caption, Avoided complete sentences (using headlines), black letters on a white background to give the best results. The opening of the presentation was made in a way that it made an emotional connection with my audience. It was in form of a short a story on efficient communication with a shocking static. It was not an introduction of me.
During the preparation process, there were a number of hurdles such as choosing the most appropriate topic. This is fundamentally due to the fact that I needed to carry out extensive research which was not necessarily easy. In addition, I encountered hardships in finding and creating adequate visual aids which my audience would easily relate with. However, this was facilitated through the inclusion of the internet in outlining the presentation plan and objectives. I needed to intentionally leave out some information even though there was high likelihood that what was left out in the presentation would still will come up as I took questions. It was important to keep in mind the desired outcomes (Understanding Human Communication, 2011).
I did not have to write out my presentation on a piece of paper word for word (or memorize it) as I remembered to keep referring to my main points and work towards my desired outcomes. I was also well prepared to handle both sides of any issue that arose along my presentation. On the other hand, drafting the presentation was relatively easy and oral presentation was considerably easy due to the fact that my audience remained sufficiently cooperative. In addition, the slide transition animations very amazingly quick and simple. This forms a major separation between the individuals with a clear mastery of content and amateurs as the entire audience sits in for a presentation that makes use of slide transitions that are elaborate and time-consuming.
There are a number of improvements that I would wish to see through in future. The fact that PowerPoint products show descriptive evidence of the efficient understanding and research of concepts relevant to non –verbal communication concepts is an indication of the its impact on the intended meaning therein. PowerPoint products are vivid reflections of accurate, specific and purposeful information which is an extension and expansion to the fully explained aspects of non-verbal communication. The supporting details in this case are relevantly applicable in helping individuals explain the various concepts in communication. I would also wish to improve on the few spelling or grammatical mistakes and inappropriate vocabulary which could have altered the interpretation of the content by the audience. Punctuation and capitalization need to be polished up throughout the future presentation. The inclusion of animations, graphics, transitions, and sounds will be appropriately used in supporting and enhancing the concepts in non-verbal communication.
Goman C., (2009). Body language: The nonverbal business advantage. Warriewood, N.S.W: Woodslane Pty Ltd.
Hook., Franks., Bauer., (2011). The social psychology of communication. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
Understanding Human Communication (2011) COMM 203: How does nonverbal communication express cultural values? (n.d.). Understanding Human Communication - COMM 203. Retrieved October 10, 2012, from http://myhumancommunication.blogspot.com/2011/09/how-does-nonverbal-communication.html