Laura Solomon
Library Services Manager
Ohio Public Library Information Network
(OPLIN)
Word association
• Powerpoint
• Bulletpoint
• Charts & graphs
• Podium
• Notes
Laura, during most
presentations
Leaving is
relatively easy
Shoot
me now
Making
turkey
vultures
RELEVA
Today’s agenda:
• How presentations go bad
• Common problems and effective
strategies
• Tech tips
• Game #2
• “What does t...
Why presentations go
BAD
#1: You don’t know the
audience
#2 You don’t know the
destination
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jayneandd/4450623309/sizes/l/in/photostream/
What’s the
TAKEAWAY
?
#3: You’re
#4: Yourslides make
me cry
#5: You’re boring.
Quick
summary:
• You don’t know the audience.
• You don’t know the destination.
• You’re unprepared.
• Your slides make me...
Be an early bird
Use a grabber
slide
Laura, during most
presentations
YOU
Common pet
peeve:•Reading verbatim from the
slides
•Reading verbatim from the
slides
•Reading verbatim from the
slides
Are you this?
It’s not a race
S L O W (ER)
Facilitate participation
“The shortest distance
between two people is
a story.”
--Terrence Gargiulo, President,
MAKINGSTORIES.net
Before you end:
REVIEW
End here
Answer
questions
If it can go
wrong…
Askfor
WIRED
Backups matter
Beware of fonts &
animations
“What does this mean to me,
Laura?”
1.
Practice.
More.
2.
It’s all about
persuasion
3. It’s just another storytime
Laura Solomon
(aka “MeanLaura”)
• Twitter: @laurasolomon
• Facebook: Facebook.com/laurasolomon
• Blog: What Does This Mean...
Death by Presentation:  Don't Murder Your Audience!
Death by Presentation:  Don't Murder Your Audience!
Death by Presentation:  Don't Murder Your Audience!
Death by Presentation:  Don't Murder Your Audience!
Death by Presentation:  Don't Murder Your Audience!
Death by Presentation:  Don't Murder Your Audience!
Death by Presentation:  Don't Murder Your Audience!
Death by Presentation:  Don't Murder Your Audience!
Death by Presentation:  Don't Murder Your Audience!
Death by Presentation:  Don't Murder Your Audience!
Death by Presentation:  Don't Murder Your Audience!
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You’ve been asked (or maybe you actually volunteered) to do a presentation. Now what? You’ve survived your own share of horrendous presentations, and you don’t want to inflict one on anyone else. How do you prepare? How do you keep people interested so they don’t spend the whole time on Facebook? How can you make a Powerpoint that actually helps and doesn't just contain a bunch of bullet points? The questions can be overwhelming and the challenges numerous. Find out what works and what doesn’t, and how to keep your audience engaged. Learn how to avoid the common mistakes that newbie presenters make while discovering what it takes to get asked to do it again–you can make your first (or next) presentation ROCK!

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  • Arrive early so you can welcome folks. I like to engage them in the room before the session starts and get conversation moving if I can. It can also give you a feel for the people in the room. It also give you a chance to interact with them and show you’re a real human being before things get underway.
  • Death by Presentation: Don't Murder Your Audience!

    1. 1. Laura Solomon Library Services Manager Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN)
    2. 2. Word association • Powerpoint • Bulletpoint • Charts & graphs • Podium • Notes
    3. 3. Laura, during most presentations
    4. 4. Leaving is relatively easy
    5. 5. Shoot me now
    6. 6. Making turkey vultures RELEVA
    7. 7. Today’s agenda: • How presentations go bad • Common problems and effective strategies • Tech tips • Game #2 • “What does this mean to me, Laura?” • Questions
    8. 8. Why presentations go BAD
    9. 9. #1: You don’t know the audience
    10. 10. #2 You don’t know the destination http://www.flickr.com/photos/jayneandd/4450623309/sizes/l/in/photostream/
    11. 11. What’s the TAKEAWAY ?
    12. 12. #3: You’re
    13. 13. #4: Yourslides make me cry
    14. 14. #5: You’re boring.
    15. 15. Quick summary: • You don’t know the audience. • You don’t know the destination. • You’re unprepared. • Your slides make me cry. • You’re boring.
    16. 16. Be an early bird
    17. 17. Use a grabber slide
    18. 18. Laura, during most presentations
    19. 19. YOU
    20. 20. Common pet peeve:•Reading verbatim from the slides •Reading verbatim from the slides •Reading verbatim from the slides
    21. 21. Are you this?
    22. 22. It’s not a race
    23. 23. S L O W (ER)
    24. 24. Facilitate participation
    25. 25. “The shortest distance between two people is a story.” --Terrence Gargiulo, President, MAKINGSTORIES.net
    26. 26. Before you end: REVIEW
    27. 27. End here
    28. 28. Answer questions
    29. 29. If it can go wrong…
    30. 30. Askfor WIRED
    31. 31. Backups matter
    32. 32. Beware of fonts & animations
    33. 33. “What does this mean to me, Laura?”
    34. 34. 1. Practice. More.
    35. 35. 2. It’s all about persuasion
    36. 36. 3. It’s just another storytime
    37. 37. Laura Solomon (aka “MeanLaura”) • Twitter: @laurasolomon • Facebook: Facebook.com/laurasolomon • Blog: What Does This Mean to Me, Laura? (http://www.meanlaura.com) • Email: laura@oplin.org

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