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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

the traditional question
The Traditional Question:
  • What Makes a Good Presentation?
a different perspective
A Different Perspective:
  • What Makes a Presentation Bad, and How Can I Avoid It?
today s goals
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.
a sample presentation for your review
A Sample Presentation for Your Review

Mark Schwartz

National Program Manager,

Librarian Relations

West, a Thomson Reuters Business

(Yes, he’s my boss.)

don t go it alone
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…

presentation pitfalls
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
presenting perfection
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.
today we have
Today, We Have:
  • Identified common presentation pitfalls.
  • Discussed tips for successful presentation delivery.
no matter where you go there you are
“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!