I’d like to focus on pictures and images in presentations. After realizing that I’d like to do more presentations to library colleagues, non-library educators, and others, I wanted to learn as much as possible about the science and skill of good presenting. I amassed videos, Slideshare presentations (like this one), and articles about the topic and settled on one non-negotiable for all of my presentations: they will be visually stimulating. The slide will be beautiful as a standalone and picture-worthy itself.
With that, I investigated the best locations for finding images that could be incorporated into my presentations through creative commons with Pixabay being my absolute favorite. And in developing the presentation itself, it makes me think deeper about the message I want to send. Luckily as a librarian, I’m good at search terms!
If I can leave one nugget, it’s that presentations can go south quickly. It’s painful to be at presentations that are unappealing with the age-old complaints about text-heavy, unreadable slides and presentation tools with too much movement making the best of us seasick. So be aware that just like the way you dress, the presentation is an extension of you.