This is a presentation on the functions of behavior PowerPoint. I really like the functions of behavior PowerPoint because it makes a very simple point. That point is that if you want your audience to understand and take action, you just need to present information in an exciting way, but you must first convince them that they will be highly interested and that you can offer them something that is interesting. This might seem like common sense, but few people do it properly. And most people don’t get the desired effect.
A presentation on this is often called a “limbo” presentation. It is all about getting the audience so engrossed that they lose all interest in what you are saying. And that is where the trouble begins. Presentations like that often make the presenter look silly and inexperienced, and the audience think the presenter is pompous and irritating.
A proper function of PowerPoint is to communicate information in an interesting way. The interesting way is to convey information without seeming to be trying to get your audience to do anything. I call this being “inspiring”. You can use PowerPoint to show graphs, data and charts that are interesting, but when you put those graphs and charts into perspective with the audience’s response, then it becomes “inspiring”.
This brings me to my next point. The presentation needs to tell the story as effectively as possible. You can be in a business course and discuss the history of Microsoft and Bill Gates. That is completely accurate. But when you have the chart, the pie and the summary at the end of the slide, then you can have the maximum effect on the audience.
Let’s say, for example, that you are doing a presentation on the relationship between credit risk and various types of risk. And you present some data on credit risk. But before you get into that information, you stop your PowerPoint presentation when the credit risk history comes up. You then need to explain why that information was relevant to the audience. You may need to talk about what credit risk really is and why it is important to keep an eye on credit risk. Then you need to summarize what was said.
All that adds up to be just four functions of PowerPoint. When the purpose of the presentation is to share information, those four functions need to be in place. That means you have to keep your PowerPoint well prepared. Then you will be able to use it effectively! !
Identifying the Functions of Behavior
When I was a child I used to make a game out of explaining to my mother and siblings, who were toddlers, what the functions of behavior were. At that time most people thought functions of behavior were just going to tell you when you should do something but in fact they explain why you do something. A perfect example is this: You are playing in the yard with your friends and you start to bumble around making mistakes. One of your friends gets angry at you and says,” That’s not going to work.” But that is why you do it. So it is the functions of behavior that determine whether or not you are going to remember to do something correctly the next time.
Functions of behavior can be broken down further into two categories. One is basic needs and the other is skills. With basic needs we find that survival functions of behavior such as eating, drinking, breathing, etc. are the first functions of behavior that get attention. And skills such as coordinating movements, thinking logically, using the resources around us, etc., are the second, higher-order functions of behavior that get attention and which provide you with the opportunity to learn new things.
There are some who argue that the functions of behavior don’t exist because whatever the mind thinks, the body does, and if you reinforce that behavior then it will become a permanent habit. I call this the “evolution of bad behavior” because if we want to change people we need to use positive methods that are not based on the negative reinforcement that occurs when we escape from negative situations. So I challenge you to try new strategies of teaching and learning and identify the functions of behavior that are causing you to learn and grow.