22 Dec

Presentation Inspiration: Being a Believable Presenter

It is no secret that I have a soft spot for technology and science. I almost exclusively work with tech companies on their PowerPoint presentations.
It wasn’t until junior year in high school when I finally had to make a choice between art and science, and science ended up in the backseat. The only studio art class and the science fair class were scheduled at exactly the same time and since the science fair class was created for kids like me that’s where I was initially placed. That’s when I realized I really wanted to be in that art class. Fast forward to today, and I’m what a friend creative director calls a scientific graphic designer.

I often live vicariously through my design work for technology companies. I have the pleasure of learning how all kinds of different and somewhat unheard of technologies work. Being able to combine my desire to design and interest in technology is the epitome of “doing what you love”.

So I’d like to share a video presentation from a new favorite Youtube channel EngineerGuyVideo by Bill Hammack. If you look Bill up you’ll be directed to EngineerGuy.com where the website tagline reads “The most irreverent & playful engineering videos ever made!” And indeed they are.

These videos are amazing because you can tell that Bill enjoys explaining how things work. He kind of reminds me of Bill Nye. He makes the subject matter enjoyable and that kind of believability doesn’t come from practice alone.

Comments (5)

  1. Nick Smith 23. Dec, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Hey Magda!

    Thanks so much for sharing this. You know, it sounds like you and I have a somewhat similar background. My dad is a math professor and I always assumed I’d become a math- or science- something. Like an actuary. I was always good at math (really good, to be honest) but it didn’t light my fire, really.

    It wasn’t until after my sophomore year in college, though, that I realized my passions are more in the arts: communications and literature. Then after college I became interested in design and helping explain things to people. All of this, coupled with my love of technology has led me to presentation design.

    I think it’s great that you’ve found a way to combine both of your loves into a career. I hope I can get there, too.

    Thanks for posting this video. This guy seems right up my alley. I look forward to going back and watching some of his other videos.
    Nick Smith recently posted..Seeing The Tree- Instead of the Leaves

    • HauteSlides | Magda Maslowska 23. Dec, 2010 at 8:56 am

      Thanks for the comment Nick.

      When I was in college and already decided on computer graphics as a major I took math classes as electives. For fun.
      Two courses on logic I think they were called discrete math. And Calculus. People thought I was nuts. =) But I’ve always been good at math.
      Go mathletes!

  2. Nathan Cashion 28. Dec, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    This guy is good. I really like the video and supporting visuals.
    You know, there’s also something about his voice. I’ve noticed that all of my favorite speakers (John Medina, Niell deGrasse Tyson, the guy that used to host PBS Nova) have really nice voices that are easy to listen to and even comforting at times. I don’t think that’s very easy to teach but still, an interesting point.

    • HauteSlides | Magda Maslowska 29. Dec, 2010 at 12:46 am

      You’re right a good speaking voice makes a lot of difference. It probably works similarly to visual stimuli… a more pure tone is clean and more agreeable. There are just some people I hate to hear talk. They could be saying something fascinating but their voices makes me want to run away!

    • Jobson 13. Feb, 2016 at 6:05 pm

      Wow, I think you will be a great OB. It seems like you have a real love for children, fiilmaes, and people in general. Sad to say that those qualities are rare traits in todays world. I believe not just anyone should be in just any job because you could be in a job that you hate and end up making everyone who comes in contact with you at work miserable. You have the joy and care to be great at your job and effect those you will be working around not only by your knowledge , but by your love for what you do.

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