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Last week I attended the CNIB conference and heard talks on topics ranging from the eye van to the iPad. I even got the chance to do a presentation of my own: "Building the Next Generation CNIB Digital Library".
Challenge #3: Public speaking
Some stats indicate that up to 75% of people have some form of glossophobia, a fear of public speaking. It's definitely on my top ten list of things to be afraid of. Right up there with bees and zombies.
The good news is that you only need to run a little fast to avoid bees and zombies. The bad news is you're probably not going to be able to run away from speaking publicly at least once in your life. It's one of those things that could happen anywhere...assuming there are other people around.
Fortunately there are lots of different tools to help you get over the anxiety of speaking in public. The library is full of books that can help you speak up and speak out. Browsing our collection I found this title, "The presentation secrets of Steve Jobs: how to be insanely great in front of any audience".
I'm not a hardcore Mac fan but if some of the presentations at the CNIB conference were any indication I definitely should be. Apple deserves high praise for the strides they're making towards accessibility. That said I'd never actually watched a Steve Jobs press conference. I'd always assumed the excitement around these events was all about the product. I decided to watch one of his old iPhone unveilings and I was really impressed. It's pretty clear his presentation style had a lot to do with their success.
Here are a few titles I found in our collection that will help you be "insanely great" in front of an audience.
In case you were wondering my presentation went well. I'm no Steve Jobs but I was lucky enough to be talking about a product people are passionate about which always helps. I talked about where we are in the process of building the new site and gave the attendees a sneak peek at a very early version. I got lots of good feedback we'll use to help build the site.
If you want to stay on top of how things are progressing with the new Digital Library don't forget to read Digital Times every month. Check back in a few weeks for my next challenge!