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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 …

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