P3 lecture3 composing_slidecast_interculturalguide

31 de May de 2016

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P3 lecture3 composing_slidecast_interculturalguide

  1. 1 Deliverable 2: Slidecast: Intercultural Guide © Karen Thompson ● Department of English ● University of Idaho English 313: Business Writing Intercultural Guide
  2. About Slidecasts: 2 A slidecast is a video consisting of a slideshow with voice-over narration. Most slidecasts are embedded on web pages from host sites such as YouTube.
  3. Slidecasts are used to: • Promote products or services, • Provide instructions to users, • Present test results to project team members who are at different locations. • These are just a few of the ways they can be used. 3
  4. How to create your Slidecast. • You need a microphone, and the one in your computer will be fine for this project. • Your slidecast must be hosted on a site that allows users to play it without having to download the file. • You will need to decide how you will create the slidecast from the following options. Please note the warnings. 4
  5. Option: PC Users Only • PowerPoint: create the slideshow, use the PPT recording feature to add voice-over narration, save as a movie file, and upload to a host site such as YouTube or Vimeo. • MAC users. PPT has a bug in it that will strip your audio out when saving as a movie file. So, you can’t use it. There is no solution to-date. 5
  6. Option: Mac Users Only • Keynote will work in the same way PPT does for PC users, but it’s not free ($19.99). 6 Don’t feel like buying Keynote? See the next slide for another option that’s free.
  7. Option: All users. • SlideSnack: sign up for a free account. Create the slideshow in PPT or any other slideware program. Save as a PDF file and upload to SlideSnack. Use the tool’s recording feature to add voice-over narration. 7 PLUS SlideSnack will host the file.
  8. • Remember, I do not accept video files (mp4, mov, etc.). • Here’s why. You are practicing how to create and share these types of files as they are shared in workplace settings. • So, if you choose to create a video file on your computer, be certain it is uploaded to a host site and will play without a user needing to download the file. 8
  9. Do a test recording. • Close all other programs and browser windows to ensure you have enough memory. • If the test recording fails, follow the troubleshooting steps under Tools & Resources. 9
  10. Your Slidecast needs at least 6 slides. 10 Title Slide And should be no longer than 5 minutes.
  11. Decide how to work: • Some people like to write the slidecast script first and then design the slides. • Some prefer to do the slides first and then write the script. • Still others create the slides and write the script at the same time. Do the process that works best for you. 11
  12. Timing: • You will be adding voice-over narration to at least 5 slides (the bibliography is not narrated). • The voice-over should be no longer than 5 minutes (and may be less). • As you record the voice-over, keep the pace per slide about equal. 12
  13. Focus the guide: • Design the guide to meet the needs of your purpose (providing your team with information that will be helpful during your time in [the country of your choice]) and your audience (your team members). • Here are some ideas for content: • What is the proper way to greet people? • What communication styles would work best? • How does the culture view personal space, touching, eye contact, gender issues, taboos, etc. • How to help team members contact potential students (and/or their families) • Phone, email, and business letter etiquette in [the country of your choice] • Proper etiquette for meeting and greeting potential students and their family members • Appropriate dress for casual and business meetings • Dining etiquette • Other information you deem important/necessary . 13
  14. Writing the Script. Practice the principles of effective prose style when writing the script but adapt these for the ear by keeping sentences short. 14 You should be able to say the sentence in your script in a single breath.
  15. 15 Introduction Body Conclusion Writing the Script. What you say in the voice over to your slideshow should clearly separate the introduction from the body and conclusion.
  16. 16 Brief salutation: greet the audience and give them an idea of what you will be presenting in the slidecast. Introduction: here is one way to introduce the slidecast (there are other choices you could make).
  17. 17 Signposts help viewers follow the logical flow of your narrative. Use Signposts
  18. Example: signposting is in blue. 18 Business meeting etiquette in Austria includes knowing how far in advance to make an appointment, when not to schedule meetings, and how to make a good first impression. I’ll explain each of these in the slides that follow. You may need only one signpost, but decide how many you need based on what you are saying and how many slides you end up creating.
  19. Closing 19 Wrap it Up. Have a clear conclusion. • Remember to thank audience for listening.
  20. Designing the slideshow. 20 Design slides for maximum visual interest. Any text should be limited to key points. You don’t want to be reading from slides.
  21. Designing the slideshow: it’s okay to use a template. 21
  22. If using photos of people, pick ones that look like real people being real. 22
  23. When choosing clip art, find visually interesting art. 23
  24. Limit number of colors to three and choose complementary colors. 24
  25. Or, choose one color and use a range of values (the level of color saturation). 25
  26. Use effective contrast. 26
  27. Typefaces: can create visual interest but limit to two. 27
  28. Delivery: continue to apply these concepts when recording your voice-over narration. 28 • Vocal variety: pitch, tone, volume, and rate. • Pausing. • Diction Exercises to help you improve your speaking style can be found under Tools & Resources.