Presentation Summit 2021: Conversation with Sheila B. Robinson


Presentation Summit 2021: Conversation with Sheila B. Robinson

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Sheila Robinson

Sheila Robinson
    
Sheila B. Robinson, Ed.D., of Custom Professional Learning, LLC is a speaker, educator, and consultant with a passion for the science of teaching and learning. She works with clients in education, business, government, health care, research, non-profits, and more. Sheila has taught thousands to reach, teach, and connect with audiences through her talks and workshops. She designs professional development and university courses on program evaluation, survey design, data visualization, and audience engagement.

Sheila is a Certified Presentation Specialist (CPS)™ and the Director of Education, Training, and Advocacy at the Presentation Guild, and Senior Design and Facilitation Consultant with Evergreen Data.

In this conversation, Sheila talks about her participation at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2021, being held on location in Clearwater Beach, FL, and virtually this year from September 26 to 29, 2021.

Indezine.com is the official media partner for the Presentation Summit.

Geetesh: You are delivering a pre-conference workshop called Engagement! Tell us more about this workshop, whom it is intended for, and what are the takeaways for the audience?

Sheila: Engagement! Is all about engaging audiences during presentations. By presentations, I mean anytime you’re speaking in front of an audience – in person or on-site – and it could be a keynote, workshop, a conference session, sales pitch, teaching a course, or any other scenario where you’re sharing information or trying to persuade an audience to see things your way. During the workshop, I teach principles you can use to plan alternatives to lecturing straight through your time “on stage.” I demonstrate a number of interactive strategies for getting people thinking, talking, moving, writing, and ultimately learning with and from each other. There’s nothing wrong with brief lectures or direct teaching, and there are strategies you can use to engage people in them. For example, you can organize your content well, make appropriate eye contact, and pose rhetorical questions. But if you want your audience to walk away deeply understanding the content of your presentation, remembering it and using it, you also need strategies for interaction.

There’s nothing wrong with brief lectures or direct teaching, and there are strategies you can use to engage people in them, like organizing your content well, making appropriate eye contact, and posing rhetorical questions, but if you want your audience to walk away deeply understanding the content of your presentation, remembering it, and using it, you also need strategies for interaction.

Participants in this course will walk away with a variety of interactive strategies they can use to engage audiences. They’ll understand several purpose distinctions for audience engagement strategies (e.g., icebreaker, inclusion, energizer, team builder, process, and reflection), and they’ll know some fundamental principles of audience engagement that can inform presentation planning and design. And they’ll have some fun while they’re learning!

Geetesh: As we come out of the pandemic, do you believe that the outlook of the presentation industry has changed? Do tell us more.

Sheila: The outlook for the presentation industry has definitely changed. I haven’t read one opinion piece that points to a complete return to pre-pandemic ways. Virtual presenting is here to stay and it’s not going to be a complete replacement for in-person presentations. We’re going to have a “both-and” situation.

Good presenters have figured out how to engage audiences virtually and make their presentations interactive. We’ve become comfortable with the technology needed to run virtual or hybrid events and people have figured out how to make virtual events more appealing than they ever were. Participants love choice and have different reasons for preferring in-person and virtual, so offering choice via a hybrid event is only going to make that event more successful. Ultimately, hybrid opens up more professional learning opportunities to more people, and this is the holy grail. People who learn at work are more satisfied with their work, more confident, and more productive. This helps make their organizations more successful, helps them serve more people, etc.

Having spent the bulk of my career participating in professional learning, researching professional learning, and designing professional learning, I think this is one of the most exciting and most positive aspects of the shift.

What is the Presentation Summit?

Presentation Summit 2021: Conversation with Sheila B. Robinson

Presentation Summit 2021: Conversation with Sheila B. Robinson

For nearly two decades, Rick Altman has been hosting the Presentation Summit, a highly popular event that is geared towards users of PowerPoint and other presentation platforms.

Indezine.com is the official media partner for the Presentation Summit.

Date: September 26 to 29, 2021

Location: Clearwater Beach, FL + Virtual Event

Register now! Indezine readers can save $100 with promo code: PRESUM100

Presum100 Coupon

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For example, if you choose the In person option, this promo code will remove $100 off the full price of $1495, and you’ll pay only $1395. If you are choosing the Virtual option, this promo code will remove $100 off the full price of $695, and you’ll pay only $595.

      

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