I just got back from speaking at two conferences – one was a university faculty conference and the other a library conference from the library I used to work at.

I spoke about the findings of my Masters’ studies on generational awareness in academic libraries in South Africa twice and co-presented a paper on using e-posters to teach research methodology to honors students. (I’ll try to post both presentations today or tomorrow)

It went really well, and this morning when I read Roy Tennant’s post Thoughts on Speaking where he mentions another post on “30 Quick Tips for Speakers (now 35!)” that gives a few tips on presenting and speaking I thought I’d add my 2 c worth:

2. The power is not the point – slides are there as navigation points, not to be the content – I couldn’t agree more! the presentations that resonated with me where the ones that were text light but the presenter was knowledgeable enough not to need a text heavy slide

4. There is a high demand for people who can both provide content and deliver it effectively from stage. Some can do one of the two, most don’t do either and a select few do both. Aim to be great. Amen! Great content can get lost/spoiled if the presenter can’t deliver well. Practice untill you find your presenting voice and don’t try to imitate somebody else’s style

15. Have passion for what you’re saying. If you don’t, your audience won’t either. I experienced this in all three my presentations. Because I was passionate about my topic and thought it was really interesting the audience responded very well too and ended up asking really interesting/thought-provoking questions

20. Change your presentation every time. Update stats, bring new examples. Own the content, not repeat it. I agree with this. Even though there was only one person in audience who attended both of my solo presentation I changed some of the slides, added some videos and cartoons and made sure that it looked and felt different and new

33. Tell great stories (your own, not someone else’s), and be funny. Don’t tell jokes, but use humor. (From Ava Diamond Site / Twitter) People respond better to you as a speaker if you can humanize yourself, so I always try to use humor (even at my expense) to show that I’m just a normal 30-year-old

I like presenting not just because I like to talk so much 🙂 but because of the incredible feedback and vibes you get when presenting. It’s a chance to tell people “here’s what I did/think – what do you think about it” and that leads to some really interesting meetings and people!

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Facebook and privacy seems to be a topic that crops up now and then. Honestly I really don’t understand all the hoopla about it – it’s very easy to keep things private on fb: don’t post it!

So by posting things you should really know that chances are good other people might see/read/comment on it – so if this freaks you out, maybe the way to go is to take responsibility for your own privacy on the net, and not rely so heavily on systems to protect you.

In line with this Dave Lee King posted about fb and privacy and I complete agree with him. Here’s a little snippet:

First, there’s the “update me with your stuff” things, like status updates, new photos, and new videos:

  • If you want those to be private, you shouldn’t post them. Period.
  • Hello! Nothing’s private on the web. Even on Facebook.
  • If you want to share a status update with just some people, you can do that. Which is more than Twitter gives you.

Basic info, like:

  • Name: um … don’t open a Facebook account if you don’t want to share your name.
  • Gender: That’s rather apparent, isn’t it? Is it bad that you know I’m a guy?
  • Birthday: Hmm. I don’t really care. Should I?
  • Relationship Status: OK – so I have a recently divorced friend, and it was rather painful to watch his relationship status go from married to single to it’s complicated … back to single, etc. Maybe a case of sharing too much info, rather than one of privacy. So if your life’s on a rollercoaster ride … don’t fill that one out.
  • Current city: big whoop. Google already knows this.
  • Hometown: That’s sort of important when connecting with past schoolmates.
  • Religious and Political views: I have em. So does everyone else.
  • The New York Times also posted an InfoGraphic on Facebook Privacy that’s quite interesting (It’s small, so click on the NY link for a bigger version):

    And a cute cartoon:

    The Library Journal published an article on Audio Books where they give an overview of the three major audio downloaders – OverDrive, Ingram Digital and NetLibrary.
    The overview is available to download in pdf format and compares costs, system requirements, services fees etc. Below is a little snippet:
    name the next MAKE tool by pt, on Flickr
    Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic License by  pt

    Over at the Speak Quietly blogs there is a really useful post called Online Tools Your Library Needs Now & Why.

    It talks about different technologies that libraries can use to connect better to their users and gives helpful stats and implementation examples. Some of the technologies may be “old” but they can still be useful and fun to try!

    1. Text a librarian
    2. Facebook
    3. YouTube
    4. iPhone App
    5. Meebo
    6. Blogger
    7. Flickr
    8. Twitter

    It’s a really useful and practical post.

    With only 28 days to go soccer fever is getting worse here in SA and this ad from EA Sports caught my eye – it’s very busy, busy I love the colours and the vibrancy of it!

    Advertising Agency: Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Creative Directors: Alvaro Sotomayor, Carlo Cavallone
    Art Director: Alvaro Sotomayor
    Copywriter: Carlo Cavailone
    Photographer: Monte Isom
    Art Buyer: Caroline Svensson
    Account Manager: Frederic Point
    Account Director: Jesse Gordon
    Producer: Alanda Spence
    Styling: Jennifer Koenig
    Makeup: Jane Choi, Elizabeth Yoon for Vivian Artists
    Hair: Tomo Nakajima for Vivian Artists
    Published: April 2010

    Happy Easter to all!

    I’m going to leave for the Easter weekend – simply have to finish my master’s thesis this weekend and then I’m on a well-deserved weeklong break.

    See you all in two weeks time!

    This is not only a gorgeous graphic, but lets you listen to the sounds of the solar system!

    (click on the link below to go to the website and listen)

    Thanks to Information is Beautiful for posting this.