Today’s interview is with “experienced” presenter Susan Watt, OTF Moderator, Presenter/Speaker, Retired Educator – @susan_watt
Q What makes for a good presentation?
A: There are good presentations that keep me engaged and entertained for the time I’m there, but the BEST presentations, imho, have long term effects. These are the ones that I think about long after – that I quote … that make me try new things or change my practice … that inspire me to grow.
Q: How can you make a “sit ‘n git” session interesting?
A: I think an engaging, funny presenter can make it interesting, but is this really what we want?? I think it’s more important to engage people – make them think, talk, strategize, try something new, step outside their comfort zone. We should avoid ‘sit’n’git’ as much as possible.
Q: If you were planning for 30 participants and ended up with 200, would you change your presentation? How about 6 people showing up?
A: I would hope that the planning committee would ensure that if I were given a room to hold 200, they would give me a warning! In general terms though, it’s important to build in opportunities in any presentation for attendees to discuss, share and question. People are often less inclined to speak out in a large group, so it will take a little more coaxing by you. In your planning, imagine groups of different sizes so you won’t be surprised or thrown off.
Q: Have you ever had AV problems during a presentation? How did you resolve it/them?
A: With patience. And help from anyone in the audience. Don’t let it rattle you – use the opportunity to model to your group how to solve issues with technology. It happens to everyone, so seeing you use a calm, problem solving manner will go a long way.
Q: What advice would you give to a first-time presenter?
A: Try to record at least part of your presentation. Listen for ‘ums’, ahs, and overuse of any other ‘fillers’.
Avoid using the gender specific term ‘guys’ when referring to a mixed gender audience.
Don’t blame the technology when something goes wrong.
Thank you, Susan.