Stop Breaking The Basic Rules of Presenting

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Blog post at http://bit.ly/hGhaFK. Some people are confident public speakers, other people get nervous. Either way, you still see a lot of people breaking the most basic rules of presenting, and those presentations would be a lot better if they didn't.

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  • I'm afraid there isn't an audio version - this is designed as a stand-alone. If I was actually presenting this I'd use less text on the slides, or else I'd be breaking some of my own rules...
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  • Sherri: I would contact the author of the slideware, Ned Potter, LIFE-SHARE Project Officer at University of Leeds. Maybe he could record an audio voiceover or do a live Zipcast.
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  • I love this presentation. Is there a version with audio? I really want to share this with my training staff and audio would really grab them.
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  • Robert, you're right - but this is a black and white presentation that doesn't really deal in shades of grey (e.g there are times when lots of bullet points can be fine, it's just that so often they're really bad) so I went with the positive option on that one...

    There can be a hostile crowd and a great presenter definitely needs the capability to deal with that in his or her arsenal. But this presentation is aimed at people who haven't thought too much about their presenting technique and can make things better with a few simple adjustments. So I don't want to scare them!

    Plus I am a librarian, and this presentation was produced for my (mostly library) based blog - and in my experience, library conference crowds are often at the very least willing to give the presenter a chance. I think that knowing the audience wants you to succeed can really help - particularly if you're a new or nervous presenter. So that's why I chose that wording for that slide...
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  • Doug, I stand (to attention) corrected! I blame Google, of course...
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Stop Breaking The Basic Rules of Presenting

  1. STOP BREAKING<br />THE<br />BASIC <br />OF<br />RULES<br />PRESENTING!<br />With your angry Drill Sergeant <br />@theREALwikiman<br />
  2. It’s so easy to avoid obvious mistakes when presenting. <br />After all, the audience is on your side. So make it worth their while! <br />
  3. FACE<br />First of all,<br />THE<br />FRONT!<br />
  4. For God’s sake, stop turning to face the big screen! You have a computer right in front of you – you know, the one you’re using to move your presentation materials along – so look at that instead, okay? That way people can actually HEAR you. <br />
  5. You’re reading it out, <br />ARE YOU FREAKING <br />KIDDING<br />ME?!<br />
  6. Don’t even get me started on this. Written prose has different phraseology, different tones, different nuances, different EVERYTHING from stuff you say out loud. If you’re reading your presentation out, IT IS AWFUL.<br />
  7. AND STOP<br />READING OUT<br />THE SLIDES<br />AS WELL.<br />
  8. Slides should support what you’re saying, not duplicate it – and they certainly shouldn’t be there to provide a surrogate for good content.<br />
  9. DID THAT SLIDE HAVE<br />SEVERAL<br />BULLET POINTS <br />ON?<br />
  10. <ul><li>Oh by the way</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Oh by the way
  11. The late nineties called.</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Oh by the way
  12. The late nineties called.
  13. THEY WANT THEIR SUCKY PRESENTATION BACK.</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Oh by the way
  14. The late nineties called.
  15. THEY WANT THEIR SUCKY PRESENTATION BACK.
  16. Oh, and they said – don’t worry about recording that episode of Friends on your VHS player. </li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Oh by the way
  17. The late nineties called.
  18. THEY WANT THEIR SUCKY PRESENTATION BACK.
  19. Oh, and they said – don’t worry about recording that episode of Friends on your VHS player.
  20. It’ll probably be repeated at some point. </li></li></ul><li>STOP USING<br />YOUR <br />CO-PRESENTER <br />AS A<br />CRUTCH!<br />
  21. Co-presenters, you DO NOT NEED to look at each other for support and encouragement! If you’re up on stage, own the stage, and talk to your fricking audience.<br />
  22. FINISH<br />YOUR <br />THOUGHTS.<br />
  23. Either say something, or don’t. None of this “yeah so basically, again… yeah” rubbish. Have you even practiced this talk?<br />
  24. UM.<br />STOP SAYING<br />
  25. Or ‘like’ or ‘sort of’ or ‘er’ – all you are doing is RUINING THE IMPACT OF YOUR WORDS. Have faith in what you’re saying.<br />
  26. STOP<br />APOLOGISING!<br />
  27. If the audience didn’t know there was supposed to be a video there but it didn’t play, why bore them with your superfluous apology? MOVE ON.<br />
  28. DID YOU<br />JUST<br />WALK IN FRONT<br />OF THE<br />PROJECTOR?<br />
  29. Seriously?<br />
  30. I LITERALLY<br />CANNOT BELIEVE <br />YOU JUST WENT<br />OVER<br />YOUR TIME LIMIT...<br />
  31. The arrogance! The conceit! The ill-preparedness! The disrespect to the event and to the other presenters! <br />Either make a presentation you can deliver within the allotted time, or say no to the invitation to speak...<br />
  32. Okay, that’s it. <br />Good luck with your presentations!<br />
  33. Click to view the background image (by Nasos3) on Flickr<br />PRESENTATION BY <br />NED POTTER <br />CLICK FOR MORE STUFF AT THEWIKIMAN.ORG<br />Ned Potter, aka thewikiman, is a writer (if he ever finishes his book), a speaker (there are no guarantees he will obey all the rules in this presentation, but he will at least try) and above all, A LIBRARIAN.<br />

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