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re-blogged : Reflections on being a 1st time presenter at NLS6

This blog post was first shared on Audacious Fizz on March 4th, 2013. It is my personal reflection on being a first-time presenter at NLS6.

Reflections on being a 1st time presenter at NLS6

As well as being part of the organising committee of NLS6, I was also a first-time presenter. This post will reflect on the experience of my first professional speaking opportunity.

Sally Pewhairangi & I presented a twenty minute session on Monday 11th February 2013 on the challenges & surprises we experienced in developing & facilitating the Heroes Mingle Reality Librarianship speaker series in 2012. This was the first time I had presented at a professional event. While it was slightly nerve-wracking to put in an application for a place on the NLS6 program, it was then more nerve-wracking to have to come up with an actual presentation once we’d been accepted.

For me, I feel that presenting at NLS6 was more achievable than presenting at LIANZA or ALIA. Prior to the event, I found it less intimidating to be presenting to my “new librarian” peers than to an audience potentially filled with managers and senior industry leaders.

Having subsequently presented, I feel that I could now present to a different and wider audience. Partly because I have now experienced the build-up for a presentation – the submission process, the “check out the venue & technology set-up” on the day as well as the buzz of being part of the presenter community at the event – and partly because I also feel that presenting overseas, to a different audience than my immediate colleagues & peers in the New Zealand library industry, was personally less intimidating for my first-time presentation experience.


As a first timer, I found co-presenting less daunting than solo presenting.

I am really grateful to have co-presented with Sally. To have an awesome speaker like Sally to work alongside to develop this presentation showed me that it is okay (and probably advisable!) to change your content, style and tone a number of times until you are feeling comfortable with it.

We started with quite a prescribed style & content, but it didn’t suit either of us when we came to a trial run. However, having the core content initially written down meant that we then had the basis for our key messages, so we could loosen up on the deliver style.

Less is more

We used four PowerPoint slides and one short video.

To keep the focus on our key messages, rather than constantly changing slides, we kept it short & simple. Less technology to mess around with, and it meant we honed our key messages for the slides.

Confession time

To be honest, I don’t really remember much of the actual presentation itself. I remember more of the five minute Q+A session than delivering the actual presentation. I was far more nervous on the day presenting than I had been in any of the practice sessions.

My mouth went completely dry about three minutes into the presentation, which threw my rhythm for several minutes. I also had the awful sensation of wanting to throw up both prior to and immediately after the session. While I think that nerves are a good thing for all presenters, I was quite unprepared for how much my nerves almost got the better of me.

My personal highlight

Having a international keynote speaker attend our session (despite giving me an initial additional rush of nerves when I saw her walk in). Then having her telling us afterwards how much she enjoyed the presentation, and that she’d encourage us to keep doing what we are doing. Talk about a validation head rush!

Would I do it again?

Absolutely. Despite my nerves and anxiety, this was a very positive experience for me. From submission, to development, to presentation. Fantastic experience.


Buzzing after NLS6 – Heroes Mingle goes forth

A little over a week ago, Sally & I were in Brisbane, QLD, enjoying the enthusiastic buzz of NLS6. There were plenty of highlights for me, including meeting lots of tweeps IRL (in real life) for the first time, absorbing inspiration from a varied array of international speakers, watching folks dive into Twitter for the first time, and making connections for possible future projects.

Our presentation – The Challenges and Surprises of Reality Librarianship – was well received and we had plenty of positive feedback, including from a keynote speaker. It was my first time presenting at a symposium or conference, and I feel both relieved & inspired by the experience, and having a famous keynote speaker say that she was impressed by our presentation certainly rates as a highlight for me!

The NLS6 twitter hashtag #nls6 was highjacked on the first day, so it was amended to #nls6sat, #nls6sun and #nls6mon over the three days. The Storify collations can be found on the NLS6 website, look for blog posts with the storify tag.

We’ve both come back from NLS6 with plenty of food for thought, lots of inspiration from other speakers, and a whole swag of ideas for future #makeithappen projects. We’ll gather our thoughts and make plans, so keep your eyes peeled for our future endeavours.

Brisbane here we come!

We’ve finished our NLS6 pre-promotion work. All three videos went out as planned, and we’ve had lovely feedback from folks about them. We’re pretty pleased with them too 😉

We’ve done our practice sessions for our NLS6 sessionThe Challenges & Surprises of Reality Librarianship. Thanks to the fine folks at Waimakariri District Libraries & CPIT for being our test audiences.

And now we’re *almost* packed & ready to go to Brisbane to meet people in real life that we’ve been chatting to on Twitter in the build-up. So #nls6 here we come – ready or not!

Sally & I will both be tweeting over the three day symposium, using the #nls6 hashtag, from @heroesmingle as well as our own Twitter accounts (@sallyheroes and @megingle). So if you are unable to attend the symposium follow the #nls6 hashtag and join in the conversation with us.