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Great presentation skills always come handy whether
you're offering an educational training, making a keynote speech, or bringing new
funders aboard. In our ongoing mission to provide technology information and resources to nonprofit
organizations and libraries, TechSoup’s latest Nonprofits Live (NPLive) explored advice and
resources for creating great
The live interactive, educational online event featured
guest speakers Kivi Leroux Miller,
speaker, writer and president of the Nonprofit Marketing Guide; Nat Robinson, vice president for business development at SlideRocket; and Rik Panganiban, a nonprofit
organizer and educator with more than 15 years using digital media to increase
public engagement on global issues and the current manager of the
Nonprofit Commons community in Second Life.
Leroux Miller kicked off the discussion by offering advice
focused on online presentations. Leroux Miller’s first and most compelling
piece of advice is to think of developing webinars similar to producing a radio
show. Webinars can greatly benefit from developing a “run of show” which in
radio is a script designed to outline the order and amount of timing for items
to be discussed within a program. Leroux Miller strongly suggests that webinar
presenters practice beforehand to get a better sense of timing since presenting
live generally takes longer than one might think and because something is
likely to go wrong, which will help presenters keep moving forward.
tip Leroux Miller shared acknowledges the reality that online audiences are
inclined to multitask during webinars so presenters should keep their tone
conversational to keep their audience engaged and consider using a webcam or
live polling for interactivity.
NPLive’s second guest speaker was Nat Robinson, vice president for business development at SlideRocket, an online software
tool for creating and measuring presentations. Robinson’s advice centered on
three trends that are changing the nature of presentations. The first tip is to
make presentations social; a useful means of doing this is to use Twitter for
live communications with your audience as is increasingly popular during
Presenters who are interested in embedding a live Twitter stream
into their slides can do so with SlideRocket. SlideRocket also allows for
collaboration, another trend Robinson identifies in the creation of
presentations. For example, co-workers can update or add slides and users can share a
library of images, video, and other content for presentations – benefiting from
their group’s collective knowledge. Finally, as technology continues to evolve,
Robinson advises organizations to consider mobile since a lot of presentation-viewing and sharing is beginning to occur outside office walls, a format also
supported by SlideRocket.
Rik Panganiban, community manager of TechSoup’s Nonprofits
in Second Life online community, rounded out the lineup of speakers by offering
tips gleaned from his experience giving presentations in mixed reality
environments – advice that can also be used in the offline world. Presenting in
mixed reality environments typically means presenting both to a real, live
audience and online audience at the same time.
Panganiban, like Leroux Miller,
suggests involving your audience early on. Some ways to do this include asking
your audience a question and having members share their responses, asking
audience members for real-life case studies or even live brainstorming. The
second tip Panganiban offers is to build toward something. Audiences will be
more inclined to stay engaged if there is some payoff at the end.
also offers the unorthodox advice to presenters to “do something strange” such
as letting the audience guide the direction of the presentation or starting in
the middle. He concludes by advising presenters to share themselves with their
audience to build a connection during presentations.
NPLive concluded with a question and answer session during
which Leroux Miller, Robinson, and Panganiban offered more useful advice for
great presentations. To access that advice, a recording
of this edition of Nonprofits Live can be found here. Questions that were
not covered during the session are always welcome in the TechSoup forums or in the comments below. And finally, additional
presentation resources, both articles and tools, can be
Susan ChavezOnline Community & Social Media Team, TechSoup Global@Susan_Chavez
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