What is it about spring term that it always ends up being overloaded? Sometimes it is travel, and this term definitely has its share of that – informational visits to the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, WILU in Montreal, and an insane 30-hour total trip across 3 time zones for a college reunion. But unlike other travel-crazy terms, this time around it’s the presentations that have me feeling that “there’s always something more to be working on” feeling.
Upcoming – my first real forays into web-based presentations.
First, there is this one with Rachel: Social Media and the Ethics of Information.
Then a few days later, Kate and I are going to do a version of the Peer Review 2.0 talk as a professional development workshop for community college libraries in Seattle.
Given budget realities for all of us, I would expect that this form of presentation and sharing will only become more important, so I am excited to try it out. But I’m also nervous. I’ve definitely been in on online presentation situations where the content and/or presentation style didn’t translate very well. And it’s not something you can practice, or at least I haven’t figured out how; every practice feels even more artificial than practicing a traditional presentation in front of the mirror.
(Not that I’d know anything about that – I am a practice-while-driving type of presenter)
So yeah, if you’ve ever sat in on a really great webcast presentation, or a really bad one, I’d love to hear what works and what doesn’t.