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Preparing Audience-Sensitive Presentations and Workshops

When we teach a class, we have a semester to get to know our students and adapt our teaching to their interests and needs. But when you are invited to present a keynote or facilitate a workshop to people you know little or nothing about, how do you ensure you are sufficiently sensitive to your audience?

This kind of thing drives me nuts. I can be giving a workshop on the same topic and I would do it completely differently to faculty at my institution vs other universities in Egypt. It would be …


My Tech Stack for Public Talks

A young boy giving a public talk at a microphoneWhether you like it or not, public speaking is a big part of what we do in academe. There is of course the teaching that makes up a large part of many of our jobs. But then there are the more formal speaking requirements of the job: conference presentations, job talks, and — hopefully — invited keynotes. Whether you’re an introvert or not — and Bill Pannapacker is correct that academia is a place that perversely attracts and then screens out the introverts — you inevitably want to do your best. …


What’s Your Speaking Fee?

A row of deer garden statuaryI’m going to guess that most of us didn’t go into academe for the money. Given the market forces at play in hiring in higher education, you might have been tempted to not even negotiate when offered a job. (Of course, you should always negotiate.) Perhaps that’s why questions about money are often difficult to answer when we encounter them.

Recently, I’ve been flattered to receive a number of invitations to give talks or lead workshops. While some of these engagements are compensated with simply…


Find Your Full Voice

Full Voice coverBarbara McAfee’s new book, Full Voice: the Art and Practice of Vocal Presence, presents an engaging and accessible method for exploring and expanding how you use your voice. McAfee is a voice coach and singer/songwriter whose approach to understanding the human voice and its role in communication goes far beyond simple lessons in how to project your voice more effectively in a large classroom or how to avoid vocal strain (although you’ll learn those things from her book as well).

Instead, Full V…


How to Use Barcodes at Conferences (and Why You Might Want To)

eter Organisciak giving a talk entitled 'When to Ask For Help: Evaluating Projects For Crowdsourcing' at the 2011 meeting of the Digital Humanities conference.Audiences for oral presentations and poster sessions at academic conferences often want more information about a particular topic. One way to provide this, obviously, is to create printed flyers or brochures and hope that you’ve brought enough copies for everyone who’s interested. But what if your printed handout doesn’t make it all the way back on your audience member’s trip home?

During the 2011 Digital Humanities conference at Stanford University (currently underway) some people are making use of QR codes, a specific kind of two-dimensional bar code (also known as a matrix code).

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