Monthly archive for April2012

Clean humor: A must-have element in any conference presentation

Clean humor: A must-have element in any conference presentation

I’ve been asking evaluators and non-evaluators to reflect upon great presentations. How can you make sure your message really sticks with the audience? These conversations will inform the American Evaluation Association’s new Potent Presentations Initiative (P2I). I recently chatted with my dad to find out what impresses…

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How do you know when you’ve given a great presentation?

How do you know when you’ve given a great presentation?

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about great presentations, trainings, and workshops as part of the American Evaluation Association’s Potent Presentations Initiative (p2i). Here’s something I’ve been pondering: How do you know when you’ve given a great conference presentation? My ideas so far: People walk up to…

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A good presenter adds to the presentation as opposed to reading what I could read on my own [Guest post by Herb Baum]

A good presenter adds to the presentation as opposed to reading what I could read on my own [Guest post by Herb Baum]

I’m talking with my evaluation and non-evaluation friends to learn more about great presentations as part of the American Evaluation Association’s new Potent Presentations Initiative (P2i). I asked Herb Baum to reflect upon some of the best presenters he’s seen and heard. What makes these presentations…

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Not everything that can be counted counts [Guest post by Maggie Thornton]

Not everything that can be counted counts [Guest post by Maggie Thornton]

 A fantastic result of building an organizational culture of learning is that the direct service staff are very excited about program evaluation and data. Once they start learning about evaluation, they want to collect more and more and more data. While I love their enthusiasm,…

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Building a PowerPoint isn’t the same as building a presentation

Building a PowerPoint isn’t the same as building a presentation

I’ve been interviewing evaluators and non-evaluators about potent presentations. I’ve enjoyed chatting with my husband about the good, the bad, and the ugly presentations that he’s attended for his government job. Since he’s not an evaluator, I’m always curious to see whether the lessons learned about…

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