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: 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 Mark Schwartz National Program Manager, Librarian Relations West, a Thomson Reuters Business (Yes, he’s my boss.)
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…
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 • Start on time. • Be well prepared. • Know your material well enough to feel comfortable using minimal notes.
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.
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.
Presenting Perfection • Ensure your material is appropriate to your audience. • End on time.
Today, We Have: • Identified common presentation pitfalls. • Discussed tips for successful presentation delivery.
“No matter where you go, there you are.” • Bravely face the future, • Go forth with confidence, and • Make your presentations an adventure!
Questions? Comments? firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!