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Death by Presentation: Don't murder your audience!

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Death by Presentation: Don't murder your audience!

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!

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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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

Editor's Notes

  • 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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