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I’ve Been an Evaluator for 20 Years, and I Still Have No Idea What Evaluation Theory Is…

I’ve Been an Evaluator for 20 Years, and I Still Have No Idea What Evaluation Theory Is…

I’m pleased to present Jen Hamilton, who is guest-posting for the second time on my blog. Jen posted a few weeks ago about potent presentations (you can read her post here). Now she’s back to share her reflections from the Eastern Evaluation Research Society’s 2012 conference about…

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What Are You Really Trying to Communicate With Your Presentation?

What Are You Really Trying to Communicate With Your Presentation?

I’ve been asking evaluators and non-evaluators to think about the most potent presentations they’ve seen and heard. While everyone’s mentioned a bunch of similarities (“Don’t read off your slides” is a given), there have also been some differences. Most recently, my former teammate taught me about the value…

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“But clients like to read my PowerPoints on their laptop when they’re in bed…”

“But clients like to read my PowerPoints on their laptop when they’re in bed…”

One of the best things about evaluation conferences is that you get a chance to see your former coworkers (aka. friends!) all in one place. I ran into my former teammate at the Eastern Evaluation Research Society’s annual conference just last weekend. After catching up on all…

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Potent Presentation Advice: Don’t Be Afraid to Move Around a Little!

Potent Presentation Advice: Don’t Be Afraid to Move Around a Little!

I asked my researcher friend Caryl Schroeder to reflect upon some of the most potent presenters she’s seen. Off the top of her head, Caryl listed the following criteria for a potent presentation: Concise message/theme Simple text/graphics (not a lot of text on PowerPoint presentations)…

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“Wait, You Forgot to Open Up Your PowerPoint!” Is Your Audience Ready for a Slide-Free Presentation?

“Wait, You Forgot to Open Up Your PowerPoint!” Is Your Audience Ready for a Slide-Free Presentation?

Last fall, I was getting ready to present at the American Evaluation Association’s conference with my friend Agata Jose-Ivanina. We were going to share Agata’s strategy for instantly creating reports by sending Excel charts directly into Word with VBA code instead of tediously copying and pasting everything. This is a…

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