You’ve been asked (or maybe you actually volunteered) to do an in-person 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!
Laura Solomon, MCIW, MLS is the Library Services Manager for the Ohio Public Library Information Network. She has been doing web development and design for twenty years, in both public libraries and as an independent consultant. She specializes in developing with Drupal. She is a 2010 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She’s written three books about social media and content marketing, specifically for libraries, and speaks nationally on both these and technology-related topics. As a former children’s librarian, she enjoys bringing the “fun of technology” to audiences and in giving libraries the tools they need to better serve the virtual customer.
Competency Index for the Library Field: Essential Library Competencies
Skill Level: Introduction & Beyond Basic