I’m thrilled that my session on social media at the National School PR Association’s annual conference was not only so well-attended, but well-received. If you’re anything like me, you dread the evaluations when they come in. But out of 43 evaluations turned in, 31 attendees rated my presentation as “excellent” and 12 rated it as “good.” Hallelujah. Sigh of relief.
If there’s a lesson in all this for me, it’s that it pays to be well-prepared, to conduct thorough research and to entertain the troops. Always entertain, especially at the start of any presentation. Break the ice, wake them up, and banish the nerves.
The one lesson I haven’t yet learned is how to squeeze a ton of information into an hour-long time slot. I’m working on that.
Here’s a sample of the comments submitted by my colleagues:
- Surprisingly good. I feared a corporate presentation. It was nothing of the sort. Learned a lot of cool things.
- Great — full of information. Current.
- Evelyn’s presentations are always great. Sometimes I leave with my head spinning from all the info, but it’s always good.
- Her facts and presentation say it all…..your head is in the sand if you did not listen…..but I still have great fears about it…..my board is adamantly against it….
- May have been too much information in such a short amount of time.
- BEST PRESENTATION AT CONFERENCE.
- Loved the hands on practical tips
- Evelyn McCormack is a social media guru.
- The best social media “application” workshop I have ever attended.
- Evelyn is one of our most informative speakers — although she has presented on this general theme before, every time she has new information and valuable advice. I am a fan!
- Great presentation, lots of good info! Excellent speaker.
- Evelyn is always on the cutting edge of social media and this was the seminar I was most looking forward to in advance of the conference. I was not disappointed!!
- Fabulous resources shared by Evelyn. She shared new apps that I wasn’t aware of, unlike some other sessions where it was the same ol’ social media apps being promoted.
- There is no one better on social media than Evelyn.
- Thanks to SchoolMessenger for supporting the NSPRA Conference. (I second that!)
- Sea Change: How Social Media Has Transformed the Educational Landscape (schoolcommunications20.com)
- Social Media the Idea Virus (theengagingbrand.typepad.com)
- social media PR – making the leap! (storylinepr.wordpress.com)
- Social Media: What’s Your Policy? (rosenthallurie.wordpress.com)