Presentation Tips & Tricks

Presenting is something that I’ve been thinking about lately as conference season heads into full swing, and calls for proposals have been coming in rapid-fire. I wanted to share some resources for anyone in the educational or academic fields who, like me, may be new writing proposals and giving talks at conferences.

Of course, before you can present, you have to be asked to speak.  Established speakers with recognized authority in a particular subject may receive invitations to appear at conferences.  But  those who are new to the profession have to write and submit proposals for evaluation.  So how does one write a proposal, and what makes for a successful effort?

The Purdue Online Writing Lab has a great resource for Writing Academic Proposals: Conferences, Articles, and Books. For those supporting the use of technology in academia, EDUCAUSE offers Tips for Improving Your Next Conference Proposal. Third, the EduRhetor blog gives a perspective on The Rhetoric of Conference Proposals.

Once your proposal is accepted there is the presentation itself and the logistics of the speaking event. Joshua Johnson gives us 10 Tips for Designing Presentations That Don’t Suck, Part 1 and Part 2.  David Lee King offers a broader list of tips for presenters.  Jessamyn West reviews Walt Crawford’s roundup of tips to presenters and conference organizers, then provides instructions for creating slides with HTML.

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One Response to “Presentation Tips & Tricks”
  1. Rick Scully says:

    Have you had a chance to play around with Prezi yet?