presenting tips and tricks

amy posted this April 13th, 2009 | filed under: general, presenting | 1 comment »

it’s getting to that time of year when MLIS students are spending more time working on their CVs and cover letters than on their coursework (note: get’er done guys). one aspect of the interview will certainly be a presentation (which can vary in length – i’ve heard of 5 minute quickies to 60 minute instructional sessions). and while some of you may wonder why a librarian would have to be good at presentations, i certainly hope that those of you coming out of LIS schools realize just how often you will have to speak, with persuasion and conviction, in your day-to-day in a library. if you’re not presenting an idea to your committee colleagues, then you are doing an introduction to library resources for new students, or helping PhD students navigate the depths of various databases.

there have recently been a number of good posts on presentation preparation and techniques, so i thought i’d share’em here.

the awesome Ryan Deschamps has a killer post on “doing a 15 presentation in 10 easy steps“. these 10 steps are broken down into 3 categories:

  • what do you have to say?
  • how will your audience understand you?
  • feeling confident and prepared

the equally awesome Iris Jastram thinks about how active learning principles have a place in some presentation, while others will need another angle to keep the audience engaged.

Rochelle Mazar (yay Canadialand) pointed me to the video “How to create a great powerpoint – Take 2.0“. i totally agree with Rochelle that the 60 second intro is awesome and i will definitely use it for my next presentation.

and finally, if you really want to work on your presenting skills, why not attend Pres4Lib: A presentation camp for speakers/trainers? they are going to have BATTLE DECKS!!!


One Comment on “presenting tips and tricks”

  1. 1 Jenica said at 8:13 pm on April 15th, 2009:

    Yes yes yes! Not only is it important to make a good impression in interview presentations, but speaking both from prepared works and extemporaneously are a huge part of a librarian’s work. LIS students need to get comfortable with all those skills… I promise that whatever work you do that end will be worth it as part of yoru professional toolkit.


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