NCompass Live: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Presentation Skills. January 25, 2012. 1 hour 11 minutes.
- Jenica Rogers, Director of Libraries at SUNY Potsdam.
- Jezmynne Dene, Director of the Portneuf (ID) District Library.
- David Lee King, Digital Branch & Services Manager at the Topeka & Shawnee County (KS) Public Library.
Very interesting talks and discussion about how to, and how not to, give a professional presentation. Recommended.
Notes after the cut.
JENICA ROGERS, Director of Libraries at SUNY Potsdam.
- get their attention.
- tell a story. have a narrative structure.
- focus on the good stuff. don’t try to tell everything you know.
- never read your slides. if you can’t help it, then don’t put words on your slides.
- end well.
JEZMYNNE DENE, Director of the Portneuf (ID) District Library.
- be confident in what you’re doing. prepare prepare prepare. confident –> comfortable.
- don’t leave the planning to the last moment. start the outline while you’re preparing the proposal. prepare ahead of time.
- care about what you’re talking about. it gets their attention.
- don’t clutter your slides.
- check the room, the equipment (use your own laptop!), the screen wallpaper and icons (unclutter it), turn off notifications. create a profile just for teaching, so it’s clean and uncluttered.
- try to engage your audience.
- have a backup plan. have two. have three. have the presentation in multiple formats and copied onto a flash drive.
DAVID LEE KING, Digital Branch & Services Manager at the Topeka & Shawnee County (KS) Public Library.
- Don’t use templates.
- Use presenter notes.
- Use presenter view (on Keynote).
- Learn your PC.
- Use screenshots, not the live web.
- Do what you said you’d do. no false advertising.
- Work on introduction, transitions, conclusions.
- Interact with the audience.
- It’s a performance.
See 10 Tips to Do Presentations Like Me: The Whole List for details.
MICHAEL SAUERS, Nebraska Library Commission’s Technology Innovation Librarian.
- Know how your equipment works.
- Pay attention to what the previous presenters said. If you can, work it in.
- Font size rule of thumb: use fonts no smaller than half the age of the oldest audience member.
- All three prefer not to turn in their slides ahead of time. because they’re likely to change before the presentation, and also are useless if they don’t have words.
- Hard to use Prezi well. mostly used badly.
- What if you *have* to use a required template? David says no. Jezmynne says, “But I’m not going to do slides.”
- where to get inspiration for doing talks well/differently? Slideshare. TED Talks.