June 2, 2006 § Leave a comment
In Powerful presentations I stepped back. Here I step back even further for a first entry on patterning, pacing, timing, and focusing of presentations.
The Greek spent a lot of time learning effective presentations. Perhaps I can learn something from these ancients?
Rhetoricians identified fixed patterns based on recurrent rhetorical situations and assumptions about how people are persuaded.
In classical rhetoric, “arrangement” means: dividing and ordering according to the needs and demands of situation and genre. The organization of the content of a good presentation had six parts that could be named, and which I am expanding a bit:
- Statement of facts, be they measurables or observables.
- Discussion of facts for making possible meanings.
- Proof of facts, the verification and validation ways used.
- Refutation of possible objections and solving or minimally noting foreseen problems.
- Conclusion, convergence, uniting of all the above.
- Object-Oriented Rhetoric (bogost.com)
- The Rancor of Rhetoricians (bogost.com)
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