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Let the micro-presentations begin!

by Steve Krause on November 30th, 2014

I hope everyone had a lovely and productive Thanksgiving break– a combination of whatever you do to celebrate the holiday and a time to get caught up on school, including the work on the formal reports.

Here’s where you’ll post a link to your micro-presentations and also a link to your work in progress formal report. Post it in the comments just like you’ve done before. A few important things to keep in mind though:

  • Remember our previous discussion on what these micro-presentations are supposed to be/could be. I’ve compared this a bit to what are commonly called “Elevator Pitches,” but those are typically really short– like a minute– and these can be up to about 3 minutes long.
  • You could do something as simple as talk through your proposal by recording a video at your computer similar to the way I do videos for class. You could also do something like a Powerpoint presentation with a soundtrack. And hopefully, most of you have figured out at least the basic plan about what you’re going to do before now!
  • You need to upload your videos to YouTube and post a link to your video in the discussions here.
  • Remember that this is a big part of the contest! That is, while I am guessing that not everyone will read everyone’s complete formal report (though I hope all of you at least look at the executive summary for all of the proposals). So as a result of that, this micro-presentation will probably be a major factor in how people vote for the presentations. And again, everyone will vote for what the best proposal (not your own) and the top five vote getters will receive “A’s” on this assignment!
  • Finally, remember also that this is a new aspect of this assignment for me. I don’t have any good examples of micro-presentations because I haven’t done this before. So keep an open mind, be creative, give it a shot, and we’ll see how it turns out.

I’ll post again on Monday to remind people about the peer groups for reviewing and commenting on everyone’s drafts of your complete reports.

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  1. Natasha Wickenheiser permalink

    Here is the link to my micro-presentation: (Please keep in mind that I’m not a film production major… so yeah.)

    Here is the link to my work-in-progress formal report:

    • Steve Krause permalink

      Great job here, and let me also mention that Natasha has one of the most complete and compelling formal drafts I’ve read for this. If you really want to see a great example of what I’m looking for from you for this assignment, look at what she wrote.

  2. Chelsea Idzior permalink

    The link to my micro-presentation:

  3. Nijea Wilson permalink

    Hello Everyone, here is the link to my micro-presentation:

    • Steve Krause permalink

      I like the idea and while there are some technical issues (there’s a plug hanging down there!), I think it’s a good pitch. Now it’s to the details!

    • Steve Krause permalink

      I like the last line about how parking is where the “education first” motto really begins!

  4. Jessica Kane permalink

    My Proposal:

  5. latasha Davis permalink

    Here is my link to the Mico presentation

    • Steve Krause permalink

      I think it’s great you have an interview here, Latasha! Now it all comes down to the details of your report.

  6. Carly permalink

    Here’s my link!

    • Steve Krause permalink

      An interesting idea– it all comes down to what’s in the report, right?

    • Steve Krause permalink

      Good job and a good idea– it’s just a matter of the details!

  7. Justin Trudell permalink

    Here is my Micro-presentation. I apologize for the crappy audio.

    • Steve Krause permalink

      A pretty good pitch and idea! Now it’s just a matter of the details in the report, right?

  8. Sabrina Gissendaner permalink

    Here is my micro presentation!

    Also, here is the link to my memo.

  9. Brian Gardner permalink

    Report Draft:


    Sorry everyone for the mumbling, if that makes my video more difficult to understand.

    • Steve Krause permalink

      Great job here, Brian– only a little mumbly! And I’d encourage folks to take a look at this because while it’s still a draft, Brian has a lot of good research and a lot of the kind of writing that definitely fits into the genre of a formal report.

  10. Here’s the link to my proposal! Enjoy 🙂

    • Steve Krause permalink

      Nice job with the video here, Elyse. And I see you used a service I haven’t heard of before, Stupeflix! The key will be putting it all together in a proposal.

    • Steve Krause permalink

      I hope you’re feeling better, Leah! Be sure to share the draft of your report with your peer review group– don’t just post it here. Also, remember that the money in this hypothetical scenario is mine! What we’re doing here is deciding what to do with it as a group. If it were your money, you could do whatever you wanted. 😉

  11. LeeAnne Baumdraher permalink


    • Steve Krause permalink

      Kind of a quasi-Bob Dylan from the old days take on things! A good idea, but again, the details are in the report.

  12. Melanie Waller permalink–X1VgF-qdVbI04JNOa61K1T304/edit?usp=sharing

    Here’s a copy of my paper, so far, still have some adding to do to it. My powerpoint won’t be in til Monday.

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