CILIP Conference 2015

13 07 2015

I have produced a storify of my learning and reflections on CILIP Conference 2015.


How NOT to deliver an effective presentation

26 06 2012

I have this really annoying habit when I’m watching people present: I can’t stop myself from correcting the spelling and grammar mistakes in their presentations.  I am BY NO MEANS an expert presenter, but there are basic rules, surely, that we should adhere to if we want to deliver an effective presentation. 

These are some more of my personal bugbears gathered from all the conference presentations I’ve ever sat through:

  • Please don’t use clipart in your powerpoint!  It makes your presentation look outdated and child-like.  Use photos of what it is you’re talking about; it provides context and makes your talk a lot more meaningful to an audience.
  • It’s really annoying when you just read out what is written on the slide.  Especially if it’s a really long sentence.  I CAN read for myself.  And it’s turning into bullet point overkill.
  • If you use capital letters in your presentation it gives the impression THAT YOU’RE SHOUTING AT ME EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE NOT!
  • I know it’s nerve wracking to get up in front of people and speak, but you look like you’re being tortured in some way – please just smile at me and I’ll probably listen more closely to what youre saying.

Sorry if that makes me sound over-critical – it wasn’t intended to, and it’s a flaw in my character that I’m so anal about such things. 

What do you think?  Are there some presentation no-nos that get in the way of the message that the presenter is trying to deliver?  There are some good ideas from thewikiman in ‘Stop breaking the basic rules of presenting’.  Enjoy 🙂

Thing 7: real-life networks and non-library conferences

22 06 2012

I’m a CILIP member and really only because I feel like I ought to be (and because I need to be to do my Chartership).  I don’t really feel like I get value from the money I pay for my membership.  I’d like to see more training available away from London and also for that training to be a lot less expensive!  That’ said, I have attended a CILIP NW Branch Day and found it to be a good learning experience, but it’s rare that I can justify going to training and events that aren’t considered essential for my role.

Other real-life networks that I’m involved in tend to be specific to health libraries; I’m an active member of our regional libraries groups and always enjoy the sharing of ideas and networking that comes with these real life meetings.  I do find us librarians to be an interesting and friendly bunch of people.

I do love going to library conferences.  I never used to; I’d always feel shy and inadequate, but now I feel like actually I do have something interesting to talk to people about (I’m also quite nosy and like stealing ideas gathering inspiration from others!).  Going to non-library conferences is another matter.  I’ve been to a few medical conferences and they are completely different – less sharing and more competition!  I’ve been invited to speak at a medical conference in New Delhi, India – the details are still to be arranged but it could be the ultimate test of my real life networking skills, erk!