One of the things that I’m thinking about is how I can use PowerPoint more effectively. I read a couple of things that got me thinking.
The first was that we often have a tendency to take a new medium and then use it in the old way…so, for example, we treat a PPT presentation like an OHP slide…bullet points and, if we’re lucky, illustrations. PPT is capable of being used so much more creatively (assuming that your churches projection and sound equipment is up to it).
The second was that we try to put too much on one slide…a well placed illustration or a single word shown at a key moment in our vocal presentation can have so much impact.
I was looking around online for some help and came across this humorous PPT talk, and thought it was worth sharing.
I’ve recently been asked to write an occasional column for the local newspaper (don’t get too excited…my “Thought for the Week” will probably only grace the pages of the Berwickshire News once or twice a year ). It will be in the edition out this Thursday (hint) and then again later next year.
It’s a while since I’ve done any media work…Videos for CARE, TV and Radio interviews for Parentline (actually Stepfamily, before they merged) and writing Christian news for a Kentish local are a fading memory.
So…I looked at what others are writing for the column, and at a regular column my friend Jackie Kaines writes for the Berwick Advertiser before trying to decide how to pitch it.
I hope I’ve gone for something a bit different…topical but not clichéd, thought-provoking but not confrontational, human interest but not too sentimental…if you get a chance to read it, feedback, however harsh would be appreciated (I’m told it’s how we grow and improve!).
After a lot of thought I actually went with something I’d already written a while ago on this blog, slightly revamped for a changed context. Hope it works.
Whilst browsing face book today a post led me to the “newsbiscuit.com” satirical news site, and I noticed an article “Christian festival to be moved to avoid clash with Christmas”. I think I might learn a thing or two from hanging around on this site…don’t know why it’s taken me so long to discover it.