The Art of
Speaking in Public
Are you considering pre- senting at a local, state, or national art education conference? Here are a few
personal reflections and guidelines
that I hope will be helpful to you in
planning and executing a memorable
Think of ideas about which you are •
excited or lessons or activities that
have been successful in your classroom.
Think clarity, brevity, and simplic- •
ity in the use of text and imagery.
Share anecdotal stories regarding •
students’ experiences and responses.
Show that your work is relevant as •
you share what you have learned.
Consider the graphic design aspect •
of the images you are sharing such
as the use of text, size, style, and
Make sure your ideas can be rep- •
licated in another teacher’s classroom.
Prepare handouts or a Web address •
where the materials can be down-loaded.
Check out Pre- •
sentation Zen at
other good ideas
As your audience arrives, start with •
a slide that shares your name and
the title of your presentation.
Consider using a remote control in •
order to have more mobility during
images are in
should be about
the presenter and
not the images on
Images amplify the content of the
Avoid the use of too many images •
because they may overwhelm your
audience and draw attention away
from your main points.
Use text selectively and have •
smooth transitions in your presentation. Avoid too much text, and do
not read all of it to your audience.
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Here are a few personal
reflections and guidelines
that I hope will be helpful
to you in planning and
executing a memorable
Arrive early to set up. Line up tech •
support in case it is needed.
Be sure you have all the connectors •
you need. Bring an extension cord
just in case.
Know your computer. Run through •
your presentation ahead of time.
As backup to your laptop, also bring •
your presentation on a CD or flash