TIP: How to be an annoying presenter #1 – the ZoomIt virus

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I consider myself an average presenter. Not terrible, but not great. I’m working on being a great presenter.

To this end, as well as working on what I should be doing, I’ve also been spending time analysing what should be avoided. Over the coming weeks and months I’ll be sharing a few tips on what not to do. Most of course are things I’ve been doing for years, and only recently woken up to. Some are gems I’ve seen in others. Some are like a bad flu going round… which brings me to my first tip today:

Tip #1 : Using Zoomit != Great presentation

The ZoomIt virus: I don’t know if you’ve had to suffer through this one lately, but it really takes its toll. Five minutes of someone zooming in and out and you’re feeling sea sick. (ZoomIt is a presenting tool that allows you to zoom in to areas on the screen – download it here)

Here’s a quick video showing just how annoying the ZoomIt virus can be, and… (dun dun dah) the *amazing* solution. Enjoy :-)

   

4 comments

  • Yeah that’s great fun isn’t it. "Hey look at me – zoom in, zoom out, zoom it and shake it all about". Isn’t that fun! NOT!! … For the first 5 seconds maybe. At this point most people get over it, but sadly too many people still cannot get past the concept of what they find funny is not so funny for everyone else.

    When I was in videoconferencing, I had to "test" the zoom controls on the video cameras but I had long since lost interest in fast zooming. I adjusted the internal controls so nobody could fast zoom ever again, especially on low bandwidth video. The effect is AWFUL!! Luckily it is hardly EVER seen on TV or films anymore. It thankfully died out in the seventies, but now there is new this Zoomit technology. So play as much as you like when you first set it up in your time, but there are better ways of dealing with the problem. Thanks Craig.

  • Yeah that’s great fun isn’t it. "Hey look at me – zoom in, zoom out, zoom it and shake it all about". Isn’t that fun! NOT!! … For the first 5 seconds maybe. At this point most people get over it, but sadly too many people still cannot get past the concept of what they find funny is not so funny for everyone else.

    When I was in videoconferencing, I had to "test" the zoom controls on the video cameras but I had long since lost interest in fast zooming. I adjusted the internal controls so nobody could fast zoom ever again, especially on low bandwidth video. The effect is AWFUL!! Luckily it is hardly EVER seen on TV or films anymore. It thankfully died out in the seventies, but now there is new this Zoomit technology. So play as much as you like when you first set it up in your time, but there are better ways of dealing with the problem. Thanks Craig.

  • LOL, nice one Craig!

    Another good prezzo tip for VS is to change your "Selected Text" colors to:

    – Background Color – Yellow
    – Text Color – Black

    That makes it much easier to read selected text.

  • LOL, nice one Craig!

    Another good prezzo tip for VS is to change your "Selected Text" colors to:

    – Background Color – Yellow
    – Text Color – Black

    That makes it much easier to read selected text.

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