Monthly Archives: March 2014

Physicists Know Best

Plasma

Physicists participating in a Fermilab forum recently banned PowerPoint for their meetings. Removing this artificialĀ barrier, with a social norm that limits active participation led to greater interaction and exchange of ideas and information. With just a whiteboard, the presenter needs to carefully distill content down to a few key concepts that can be presented with pen in hand. Some structure may be helpful; for example, a few flipchart pages prepared in advance to summarize each section of the presentation and remind the group what has been discussed. How to fill the need for post presentation review material? A concise written summary provided as a physical or electronic handout, with depth and context vs. simple bullets.