Phil Waknell gives some tips on how to make your presentation (and your WikiTalk) interesting and how to interest your audience in what you are talking about.
"A great WikiTalk, like any great presentation, is based around 3 arts, and those 3 arts are firstly storytelling, and then great speaking and effective visuals."
"All of those are in support of a message, a key message, which has to be simple and clear."
"What you want them [your audience] to do afterwards, it's to say 3 things : 'I didn't know that', 'I'm glad I do now' and 'I'd like to know more."
"You have to make sure the first thirty seconds that you do something to make them want to listen."
"You take them step by step along an emotional and logical journey so that by the end of your talk they are changed."
"You have to perform, you have to entertain, on a WikiStage, because otherwise people are not gonna look at a boring WikiTalk online."
"You have to speak with passion."
Nowadays, written information is not sufficient anymore, especially when the Encyclopedia has been replaced by Wikipedia. But thanks to the numerical techniques that surround us now, it becomes very easy and useful to put in place a video Encyclopedia.
Before writing was invented, we used our body to express ourselves: gestures, sign language, or voice variations. Our brains evolved and our society changed, leading towards abstract ways of expression such as writing. But try to put in writing the feelings of a symphony or the beauty of a dance.From the printing press to Youtube, knowledge passed through the decades, and now it is time to change the way to share it. And videos are here to help us convey ideas, debate, and learn.So, making a video encyclopedia was pretty evident. Its aim is to arouse curiosity. And for that, it is not sufficient that knowledge is there, passively waiting on a bookshelf or in a database. No. It should jump off that shelf, put itself in front of you to attract your attention.
"Today there is a new tool that has a huge impact. YouTube has more than one billion visitors each month. In a way, videos are the new printing press."
" A picture is 1000 words and 1000 images is a video."
" The aim is to arouse curiosity. And for that, it is not enough that knowledge is there, passively waiting on a bookshelf or in a database. No. It should jump off that shelf, put itself in front of you and move around to attract your attention."
Johannes BITTEL @WikiStage Maison de l'Europe de Paris