Improve Your Conference Presentation: Deliver on Your Preview

I saw the previews to Up All Night, one of the newer sitcoms on NBC, and thought to myself, “That show looks stupid. I’ll be skipping that one, thank you very much!”

But one night, shortly after it started, I couldn’t find anything else to watch during that particular 30 minute time slot so I grudgingly watched Up All Night. It was actually a much better show than I thought it would be. Now I regularly choose it over other shows.

(Yes, I watch too much television. But I’m at peace with that so don’t judge me!)

More often, my experience has been the exact opposite. I see the previews to a movie or television show, get my hopes up and then I’m terribly disappointed when I see the actual show.

The same can be said of conference presentations.

The Conference Presentation Description Is Your Preview

Many a conference I’ve poured through the conference program, strategically planning which concurrent session I will attend based on the preview provided by the program description. I agonize over my choices, and force myself to make the tough call between two or three sessions that sound equally great.

Far too often, the preview, that great-sounding program description isn’t what was promised when I showed up to the session. I hate when that happens! I am either left disappointed in my choice – or prompted to leave the room in hopes that I can still get a seat in the session I originally chose to skip. Either way, not a good conference-going experience.

Talk about What You Said You Were Going to Talk About!

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it 487 times… “Thank you for choosing this session. I know you had so many others to choose from…blah, blah, blah.”

It’s not the way I would choose or recommend to start out a presentation. But it is an important point to remember as you craft your conference presentation. Your audience members chose you! And unless you just have groupies that come to any session you happen to present at (and I know there are those of you who do), then be sure to deliver what you say you’re going to deliver.

But Kelly, I Had a Newer Idea… a Better Idea… a Different Idea… an Idea that Interests Me More

You submitted your program descriptions months before the event. The event organizer chose your program based on that description. Deliver what you promised.

Does that mean you can’t add additional information in to benefit the audience? Maybe. Maybe not.

Ask yourself…

  • Does the additional information create overload for the audience? If yes – leave it out.

  • Does the additional information enhance the promoted content? If yes – add it.

  • Does the adding the extra information mean you won’t have time left to cover the promised content? If yes – leave it out.

  • Does the new content address real time changes going on in the world and the topic today? Does it supersede information you’d planned to present? If yes – then of course you’re going to want to give your audience the best information.

  • Do you want to change the topic focus because you’re bored presenting the same information at yet another conference? If yes – leave out the new topic, deliver a great presentation on what you planned to discuss, then stop delivering that presentation and change jobs.

Your audience members are counting on you. They made a choice to come see you based on the preview in your program description.

The event organizer is counting on you. They chose you as a speaker because of the preview in your program description.

Please. For your audience’s sake. For the event organizer’s sake. And ultimately for your sake if you want to connect with your audience and honor the relationship with the event organizer, deliver what you said you’d deliver. Period.

Make everyone happier knowing they made the right choice in choosing you. And no one will be disappointed based on the preview.

Hiking Gifts – Gift Ideas for Hiking Presents

Hiking is a healthy, relaxing pursuit for hikers. If you’re buying for a hiking enthusiast this holiday season, here are a few gift ideas for hiking presents.

Hiking Gift Ideas

There is much more to hiking than just boots and an urge to go. For those of you looking for gift ideas for hiking presents, here’s a list of potential hiking gifts.

1. Backpacker Magazine – If you are married to the person you are giving hiking gifts to, you may want to be careful with this one. Backpacker Magazine is full of beautiful hiking locations with detailed information and recommendations. The problem, of course, is your loved one will have plenty of ideas regarding future family vacations. A year subscription will run you $24.00.

2. Roll-A-Table – Yep, even hikers need furniture. There is nothing worse than stopping for lunch, whipping up a meal and then dropping it in the dirt. Hikers want to get back to nature, but rarely does dirt in the food fit the bill. The roll-a-table is cool cloth table that rolls up into a flexible tube. Sling it over your back or tie it onto a backpack and off you go. The Roll-A-Table will set you back roughly $50. Just plug it into a search engine and compare prices.

3. Lightening Strike Alert – Mother Nature is beautiful except when she decides to rain blasts of electricity down upon your head. Lightening can be extremely dangerous for hikers if they get caught out in an open space. The key to avoiding a “shocking hike” is to keep alert to the threat of lightening. A lightening strike alert device is the size of a pager and fits onto a backpack or belt with ease. The alert will start beeping when conditions indicate lightening may be possible and gives you plenty of time to find a safe spot. The Lightening Strike Alert device will set you back about $80.

4. Nomad Hiking Journals – A little self-promotion here. Nomad Hiking Journals are compact writing journals that let hikers keep notes and diaries of their hikes. They can record whom they hiked with, the route, weather conditions and funny little events occurring during the hike. You can click the link at the bottom of this article and expect to pay between $10 and $25 depending on the size.

If you’re looking for gifts for hikers, consider yourself lucky. The equipment tends to be inexpensive and last a very long time.

Top Tips When Buying Motorbike Christmas Presents

No sooner have you packed away your summer holiday things does the weather get colder all of a sudden, you start to see beautiful twinkly lights in shop windows in a array of colours, and that tingle of excitement is in the air.

You clearly want your Christmas your Christmas to be fantastic for you and your loved ones, so this article will help you out a bit with this tricky and sometimes delicate part of the festive season. It makes no difference if your significant other is into Alpinestars or Tiffany, there are rules you need to follow when buying them a present for Christmas to keep them feeling happy and loved on the day.

• Do your research – whether you need to find out those all-important sizes, preferred colours, or even to get basic ideas, you need to do your research. Obviously keep it quiet as much as you can as you don’t want your intended recipient to find out before, but ask trusted friends and relatives for that basic information and you can’t go wrong.
• Budget – Sort out your present buying budget before you start shopping, we know how tempting it is to just get carried away and start shopping thinking it’ll all be okay. It won’t. Make a plan of what you intend to spend on each person and also which pay cheques they are each going to come out of (it makes so much sense to do this).
• Use your memory – Never repeat presents, nothing says you haven’t really thought about it like giving someone something you’ve given them before, or(much worse) giving them a present they gave YOU three years ago. Keep a post-it somewhere with what you bought everyone last year and what they gave you, it’ll be a lifesaver.
• Think about meaning – sometimes people rate the thought put into a gift more than the actual gift itself. Really think about what means a lot to your special person: colours, dreams, ambitions, favourite places to holiday, favourite foods etc. Even if you really get it wrong, your recipient is much more likely to appreciate the gesture if he/she thinks you’ve made an effort and actually thought about what they might like. They’ll forgive you for getting it wrong.