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The Trouble with Transitions, Episode 4

We’ve gotten to know much about the secret lives of transitions in previous episodes (1 2 3).  Today we get to see a rare glimpse of that most insidious of all transitions: the Random Transition.  I mean, what’s better than tons of crazy transitions?  How about those crazy transitions showing up in random order at random speeds going random directions?  

While it is tempting to want to add a little “excitement” to your presentation, not knowing whether the next transition is a dizzying newsflash or a minute-long crawl from the bottom of the screen, may not generate the excitement that you are expecting.  So, take control of your presentations and make sure that the excitement you deliver is a result of your transformational message, rather than transitional mayhem. 

Previous Episodes:
The Trouble with Transitions, Episode 1
The Trouble with Transitions, Episode 2
The Trouble with Transitions, Episode 3

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  • Well done…

    Wouldn’t it be excellent if there was a setting to have the slides themselves show up randomly too…! What a great combo of randomness….!!!

  • Well done…

    Wouldn’t it be excellent if there was a setting to have the slides themselves show up randomly too…! What a great combo of randomness….!!!

  • These short videos are both entertaining and educational, but they feel dry for one reason: there’s no music in them to either emphasize an action or provide some audio background. As you correctly point out how we should pay attention to design and presentation style you should not stop there! When presenting in the form of video clips, you can seriously enhance the quality of these with the right intro/background/finale music or sound effects.

  • These short videos are both entertaining and educational, but they feel dry for one reason: there’s no music in them to either emphasize an action or provide some audio background. As you correctly point out how we should pay attention to design and presentation style you should not stop there! When presenting in the form of video clips, you can seriously enhance the quality of these with the right intro/background/finale music or sound effects.

  • These videos are great – really funny. Did you consider having the video show why random transitions aren’t a good choice? It seemed a bit like one had to understand that up-front to really “get it”.

    Anyway – really fun resource. How long do they take to make? Minutes or hours?

  • These videos are great – really funny. Did you consider having the video show why random transitions aren’t a good choice? It seemed a bit like one had to understand that up-front to really “get it”.

    Anyway – really fun resource. How long do they take to make? Minutes or hours?

  • Thanks for the comments folks! We had a fun time making these videos. The idea started when Nancy challenged us to work together to break out of the “rut” that we were in. We got together a group of folks, brainstormed fun ways to encourage people to use presentation transitions wisely, made some costumes, and, while it took many weeks to prepare, filmed all four of these videos in a couple of (very fun) afternoons. Thanks for being part of the journey!

  • Thanks for the comments folks! We had a fun time making these videos. The idea started when Nancy challenged us to work together to break out of the “rut” that we were in. We got together a group of folks, brainstormed fun ways to encourage people to use presentation transitions wisely, made some costumes, and, while it took many weeks to prepare, filmed all four of these videos in a couple of (very fun) afternoons. Thanks for being part of the journey!

  • made some costumes, and, while it took many weeks to prepare

  • made some costumes, and, while it took many weeks to prepare

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