Almost forgot – here’s my presentation about making videos for the library. I gave it last week at the American Library Association’s annual conference.
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Going to ALA Annual in Chicago in a couple of days? If so – come see me speak!
I’m giving a talk about videos, along with Christina Norton, Justin Georges, and Steven Milewski.
Here’s the details:
When & Where: Saturday, June 24 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Location: McCormick Place, W175a
Title: Rocking the Small Screen (Without Losing Your Mind): Planning and Managing Library Promotional Videos
Description: Video on the web is one of today’s hottest social networking trends. But what can online videos do to promote your library? A public library and a university library will both share what they have learned and how realistic expectations can bring success. The presenters will cover: planning and implementation, shortcuts, tips on what types of content work best, recording and editing the audio and video, accessibility, assessing traffic and impact, and how to create a video team. Learn why your library should create and post online videos!
So come check out our presentation, ask questions, etc. I’ll post my slide here after the presentation, if you miss it (but don’t miss it!).
See you on Saturday!
Update: Had someone ask, so – registration prices are being set now, and should be announced in a few days. Click through to the website to find more info!
Did you know there’s a Library Marketing & Communications conference? There is – and it’s being held in November!
It’s called the Library Marketing & Communications Conference, and it is being held November 16-17 in Addison, TX (Dallas suburb).
Here’s what the conference focuses on:
The Library Marketing and Communications Conference is designed for library employees of any level who are involved in marketing, communication, public relations, social media, and outreach in academic, public, and special libraries. Sessions explore issues that are important for this niche of library work, and the conference includes time for attendees to network and to discuss mutual challenges.
Honestly? Anymore, that means ALL OF US. It’s never a bad time to improve your communication, marketing, and PR skills.
Want to attend? Go here to find out more info!
Image – me talking at the conference, by the South Carolina State Library
I was recently in Bahrain at the SLA Arabian Gulf Chapter conference. What an amazing fun time!
While I was there, I gave two talks:
I made a couple of videos while I was in Bahrain (watch if you dare):
I also experimented with something for the first time. When I give presentations, I usually use presentation mode (in Apple’s Keynote app).
I usually have facts, figures, or phrases I want to say in a specific way, or a reminder to do a transition to the next topic, and those don’t always stick in my head. So I dump them into the presenter notes, and can glance at them during my presentation.
Guess what? Once in awhile, that doesn’t work. For example, at this particular conference the A/V guys ran all presentations in the back of the room at the sound booth. No HDMI or VGA cable running to the podium.
So my laptop had to be at the back of the room. With my notes. Bummer!
What to do? Jason reminded me that Keynote has a mobile app. One feature of that app allows you to remotely run a presentation from your iPhone or iPad. You just have to pair the mobile device to the laptop. Then the phone acts as a remote to advance slides.
And more importantly, it shows all presenter notes. Problem solved!
So the night before my presentation, I quickly set it up, practiced once, and decided to use it the next day.
It worked “mostly” well! I say “mostly.” Not because of the devices, but because of the hotel wifi. It required re-connecting every 24 hours. I didn’t think about that the morning of the presentation, and as luck would have it the wifi on my phone decided it was time to stop working. On the next to last slide of my talk.
So I had to say “next slide please” a time or two. Otherwise, everything worked great.
Anyway – problem solved for the next time that type of awkward set up is required (it’s happened to me once before). It was also really fun to try out something new (for me). And it solved a huge issue and helped me successfully deliver my presentation.
Have you ever tried out new tech for the first time in front of other people, or started using something new because you really, really needed to? Please share!
Pic of me talking by Jason Griffey
I tell stories. In my articles, in my blog posts, and definitely in my presentations – they are usually based on stories.
That’s how my parents talk, and how I grew up. Early on in my marriage, after eating dinner with my parents a few times, Dana (my wife) told me “you guys talk in stories – how weird!”
I’d never really thought about it, but yeah – that’s what we do. It’s never “here’s what I did at work today.” It’s always “the story of what I did at work today.” There’s a big difference!
Partly, it’s just how I think. Im more of a visual thinker, so I see images and movies in my head about what I want to talk about, and then I just describe what I’m seeing (more on visual thinking here).
I’ve discovered that using a story-based style of talking seems to work really well for presentations. How do I “tell stories” in a presentation? Here’s what I do:
Want more? Here are some great articles on telling stories in presentations:
image by Damian Gadal