Guide for Conference Presenters
How to Present Effectively
Think about presentations you've attended in the past. Was the speaker engaging? Were the visuals appropriate? Was it well-paced? Did the audience have the opportunity to engage the speaker? Read on for a simple approach to delivering an effective presentation.
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- Instead of text-heavy slides, prepare handouts or an online post for attendees to review later.
- Provide additional resources.
- Include your contact information.
- Share your slides and get tips at sites like Slideshare.
Practice Makes Perfect!
Practice your presentation for timing and polish. Your goal should be to speak 2/3 or 3/4 of the allotted time, leaving an opportunity for you to field questions from the audience.
Remember: No one minds if you end early, but running long will make it difficult for people to get to subsequent sessions on time.
Adapted from Texas Library Association Conference Committee materials.