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Energize Your Presentations: Taking Your Programs from Pitfalls to Perfection Cindy Carlson Mark Schwartz July 14, 2008 The Traditional Question: What Makes a Good Presentation? A Different Perspective: What Makes a Presentation Bad, and How Can I Avoid It? Today’s Goals:

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Energize Your Presentations:

Taking Your Programs from

Pitfalls to Perfection

Cindy Carlson

Mark Schwartz

July 14, 2008


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The Traditional Question:

  • What Makes a Good Presentation?


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A Different Perspective:

  • What Makes a Presentation Bad, and How Can I Avoid It?


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Today’s Goals:

Where are We Going?

  • To better presentations by identifying common presentation pitfalls.

    How Are We Going to Get There?

  • We’ll establish a list of best practices to combat these horrible, yet common, tendencies.


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A Sample Presentation for Your Review

Mark Schwartz

National Program Manager,

Librarian Relations

West, a Thomson Reuters Business

(Yes, he’s my boss.)


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Don’t Go It Alone

“Guide on the Side - Twelve Sure Fire Ways to Torpedo Your Presentations”

By Marie Wallace, published August 1, 2001 in LLRX.

http://www.llrx.com/columns/guide54.htm

Rely on your librarian colleagues for advice…


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Starting Late

Lack of Preparation

Reading Without Eye Contact

Lack of Focus

Covering Too Much

Distraction

Boredom

Failure to Control Participants

Audience-Inappropriate Material

Running Long

Presentation Pitfalls


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Presenting Perfection

  • Start on time.

  • Be well prepared.

  • Know your material well enough to feel comfortable using minimal notes.


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Presenting Perfection

  • Be focused, have clear goals, and stick to your training plan.

  • Cover smaller amounts of material thoroughly.

  • Use body language and visual aids which enhance your points.


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Presenting Perfection

  • Encourage interest with humor, vary class pace and provide a range of activities.

  • Allow for participant interaction, but keep the class on track.


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Presenting Perfection

  • Ensure your material is appropriate to your audience.

  • End on time.


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Today, We Have:

  • Identified common presentation pitfalls.

  • Discussed tips for successful presentation delivery.


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“No matter where you go, there you are.”

  • Bravely face the future,

  • Go forth with confidence, and

  • Make your presentations an adventure!


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Questions?

Comments?

cindy.carlson@thomsonreuters.com

Thanks!


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