"And the beat goes on......................."
There is a lot of advice available off the internet. Some good, some silly. Google is a good search engine, but it doesn't curate for you, and so finding things of value is often hit and miss. Much of the good stuff that comes your way comes from someone you know directly or someone several degrees of separation - a kind of guerrilla curation I suppose. Anyway, here's three pieces of advice I found recently on the web - or which came my way - which you might (or might not) find of interest:
1. From my favorite site Brain Pickings - Mary Popova offers Five Things Every Presenter Should Know About People (so as to make more effective presentations) - Watch the animated video as she makes a very effective presenter herself:
1. "People learn best in 20-minute chunks. There must be a reason for the successful TED-sized talk format.
2.Multiple sensory channels compete. During a talk, you engage both the auditory and visual channels — because we’re visual creatures and the visual channel trumps the auditory, make sure your slides don’t require people to read much or otherwise distract from the talk.
3. What you say is only one part of your presentation. Paralinguistics explores how information is communicated beyond words — be aware the audience is responding to your body language and tone. Record yourself presenting to get a feel for those and adjust accordingly.
4. If you want people to act, you have to call them to action. At the end of your presentation, be very specific about exactly what you would like your audience to do.
5. People imitate your emotions and feel your feelings. If you’re passionate about your topic, this excitement will be contagious for the audience. Don’t hold back."
- SNAAP (Strategic National Arts Alumni Project) Annual Report: ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼A Diverse Palette: What Arts Graduates Say About Their Education and Careers
- PEW Report on the Rise of Asian Americans Overtaking Hispanics as the largest growing immigrant population.
- Blue Avocado Nonprofit Newsletter considers the problem in Board composition of our "focusing our attention on what people are, rather than on what the organization needs board members to do."