Jon McKenzie is Professor of Practice and Director of StudioLab, a critical design and media lab at Cornell University that connects researchers, designers, and organizations working in human rights, public health, and social and environmental justice. StudioLab teams collaborate on strategic storytelling through transmedia knowledge, using performance design thinking as a human-centered, iterative process of stakeholder alignment and shared dreaming. Jon is the author of Transmedia Knowledge for Liberal Arts and Community Engagement: A StudioLab Manifesto (2019) and Perform or Else: From Discipline to Performance (2001), and he holds degrees in Fine Arts, English, and Performance Studies and has also worked as a writer and UX designer in NYC. He is founder and former director of DesignLab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and co-founder of the performance group McKenzie Stojnić. In addition to workshops and consulting, Jon produces experimental videos, lecture performances, and other media. His work and that of StudioLab can be found at labster8.net.
When it comes to creating presentations, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed while trying to strike the perfect balance of engagement, information, and simplicity. Using industry-standard techniques employed on platforms such as TEDx Talks and in styles such as PechaKucha, you have the ability to create a transformative presentation that moves your audience through images and narration. These styles challenge you to focus on your message, which enables you to transform your presentation and empower and motivate your stakeholders through user experience and information design.
Throughout the course, you will explore the functions and forms of presentations; develop a presentation using important components drawn from TEDx and PechaKucha; and practice, present, and refine your presentation, allowing you to experience the process from start to finish. By the end of this course, you will have your own presentation, highlighting the best practices you acquired during the strategic creation process.
You are required to have completed the following courses or have equivalent experience before taking this course:
- Strategic Storytelling Across Media
- Engaging Specific Stakeholders
How It Works
Who Should Enroll
- Marketers and brand managers
- Community-based educators
- Grant writers
- Communication leaders in fields such as healthcare, environment, and public policy
- Communications consultants
- Individuals seeking to better communicate their ideas and build a professional identity