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ALA Preconference Making it Stick: Designing, Delivering & Surviving Presentations

On Friday we had a fabulous audience for the CLENE Round Table‘s preconference session Making it Stick: Designing, Delivering & Surviving Presentations. Presenting with me was Paul Signorelli who I have had the privilege of working with on many projects including a book on leadership in libraries for trainers that should be out just in time for next year’s ALA conference.

The slides from the session are below.

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DON'T Imagine Them Naked! My Pres4Lib Virtual Presentation

I had a lot of fun putting this together. This was supposed to be my Plan B in case the live feed from my office did not work. But after putting it all together last night this morning, I decided it really would work better as a video rather than live session.

In the spirit of learning here are a few details about how I did this. I always seem to wait until the last minute with presentations. I came up with the title Wednesday night and began working on the PowerPoint Thursday around 5pm. First I did a title and notes for each slide so I would know what the framework would be. Then I used Flickr to find supporting Creative Commons images. It took hours to find the right photos. In all it took about 3 hours to create the PowerPoint.

Sometime during all this I came up with the idea for the opening scene. I tried recording the opening scene with a webcam but the quality was bad…even with a good webcam. My husband, who happens to be a brilliant video editor, asked me why didn’t I use our digital camera. After kicking myself in the head for not thinking of that I set off to find a flashlight and hat. It took about 10 takes to get the flashlight and handheld camera effects right.

After recording the opening scene I used Camtasia to narrate the PowerPoint. This took forever but I consider some of the takes as rehearsal! Next time I will record one slide at a time or a few slides at a time.

Once the PowerPoint narration was done I imported the video from my camera, added a title slide, transitions, and some spooky music. Anyone recognize the tune?

Then I produced the Camtasia project to default Internet settings and uploaded to YouTube. In all it took about 9 hours which comes to about 90 minutes of development per minute of presentation. I would say the norm is about 60 minutes of time per minute of e-learning material.

What does all this mean? When you compare development time of e-learning to face-to-face learning there is a much higher front end investment for e-learning. But once the development is done, you are done. The content is there for your learners to access at any time and you can move on to other projects. However when someone tells you to “whip together a quick tutorial” keep in mind that there is nothing quick about it!

You can read more about e-learning development time on the following sites:

http://www.elearningguild.com/pdf/1/time%20to%20develop%20Survey.pdf

http://www.nwlink.com/~Donclark/hrd/elearning/myths.html

p.s. Just for the record. The words of wisdom did not actually come from “Pete” or anyone else in recent years. I think it actually came to me from an episode of the Brady Bunch.

Pres4Lib2009 this Friday…attend virtually

Pres4Lib Logo

This Friday will be the first Pres4Lib in Princeton, NJ where library speakers and trainers will share tips, tricks, and techniques about presentation skills.

For those of us who can’t make it to Princeton there are several options to participate virtually. You can view details about virtual participation here: http://pres4lib.pbworks.com/Virtual-Participation

I’m looking forward to presenting and participating from my office in Charlotte, NC. Hope to see you there!

Sleep by PowerPoint?

Here is a different take on “Death by PowerPoint.” I’m not sure of the source of this cartoon as someone left it in my mailbox a few years ago, but it serves as a reminder that PowerPoint does not equal presentation.

Do you have tips for using PowerPoint as a tool in presentations? If so please leave a comment below. I’d love to include your thoughts and ideas in the preconference Paul Signorelli and I are doing at ALA on how to give good presentations.

Nap by PowerPoint