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Panel Session

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Public speaking is a part of most librarians' jobs but few of us are trained to deliver effective presentations in front of an audience. If we want to improve, who can we watch? Who's good at grabbing an audience's attention while demonstrating a complicated concept? Celebrity chefs! Cooking shows have a lot in common with library presentations: there's the "watch me do it, so you can do it later!" bit; there's the confidence building "look how simple that was, and you thought it'd be so hard!" bit; and there's the all important banter bit where the TV chef earns the audience's attention and affection. In this session we'll look at video clips of several celebrity chefs to identify what makes audiences keep watching and what makes them feel empowered to "try this at home." Participants will walk away with a few simple strategies that are guaranteed to increase audience engagement in any library presentation. About the presenter: Anna Johnson is a librarian and instructor at Mt Hood Community College in Gresham, where she designs and delivers more than 100 presentations each year. Her students have told Anna that she reminds them of Rachael Ray; she's decided that's a good thing, although she'd rather be compared to Alton Brown.

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Start Date

5-2-2010 9:00 AM

End Date

5-2-2010 11:00 AM

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http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/19914

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Embrace Your Inner Rachael Ray: What TV Chefs Can Teach Librarians About Presentation Style

Public speaking is a part of most librarians' jobs but few of us are trained to deliver effective presentations in front of an audience. If we want to improve, who can we watch? Who's good at grabbing an audience's attention while demonstrating a complicated concept? Celebrity chefs! Cooking shows have a lot in common with library presentations: there's the "watch me do it, so you can do it later!" bit; there's the confidence building "look how simple that was, and you thought it'd be so hard!" bit; and there's the all important banter bit where the TV chef earns the audience's attention and affection. In this session we'll look at video clips of several celebrity chefs to identify what makes audiences keep watching and what makes them feel empowered to "try this at home." Participants will walk away with a few simple strategies that are guaranteed to increase audience engagement in any library presentation. About the presenter: Anna Johnson is a librarian and instructor at Mt Hood Community College in Gresham, where she designs and delivers more than 100 presentations each year. Her students have told Anna that she reminds them of Rachael Ray; she's decided that's a good thing, although she'd rather be compared to Alton Brown.