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Event announcement: Making your message stick, with Ned Potter

CILIPNW Member Network and ARLG NW are delighted to announce this joint one-day event:

Making your message stick

Date and time: 16th October 2015 10am- 4.30pm
Location: Wolfson Rooms (situated in the Harold Cohen Library at University of Liverpool)

This is a hands-on, interactive workshop about presentation skills. The morning focuses on the golden rules of creating presentations, finding free to use (and legal to use!) images, and producing slides. Everyone knows about Death by PowerPoint, but it can be a brilliant tool when used properly; we’ll look at three different methods of creating slides to use depending on how much time you have and how important the presentation is. Although you’ll learn to produce beautiful slides, this will be a by-product of making EFFECTIVE presentations which help your message stick in your audience’s minds – everything in the course content is backed up by research into multimedia communication.

In the afternoon we’ll have more hands-on time to explore Prezi, a zooming presentation tool – we’ll look at what Prezi is, how it works, why you might want to use it and why you might NOT want to use it. We’ll discuss creating engaging Prezi presentations which don’t leave the audience feeling sea-sick.

The final session is about presenting itself: what works, what doesn’t, quick tips, and conquering nerves – but don’t worry, this isn’t the kind of training where you have to give a presentation at the end and be critiqued by your peers – it’s a pressure free environment for learning.

About the Trainer:
Ned Potter is an Academic Liaison Librarian at the University of York, and a Trainer for various organisations including the British Library and the Bodleian, as well as PiCS in Australasia. His book The Library Marketing Toolkit was published by Facet in 2012. Ned can be found online at and on Twitter at @ned_potter. You can see examples of his own presentations at

Feedback for previous versions of this workshop:

“Tips and tricks about perfect presentations – it was fantastic! Very informative, very attractive content of the course. I’d recommend it to anyone.” Bodleian Libraries 2015

“Ned was fantastic, and there was a great balance of practical exercises, and presentation of examples and tips.” CILIP NE 2015

“This workshop has undoubtedly helped to get me out of the rut I’m definitely in – my PowerPoints will be changed immediately! Thank you, I thoroughly enjoyed it.” LIEM 2015

Booking:  Please email Dawn Grundy –

Cost, including lunch, tea/coffee as follows:
CILIP/ARLG members – £15
Non CILIP members – £50
New professional (less than 5 years) – £5 (max. 3 places)

Maximum no. of places = 20

Additionally, we are also offering two Student award places to current students enrolled on an LIS course.
To apply for this please send a letter of application (no more than 250 words) to Michael.Cook@BOLTON.GOV.UK  stating why you would like to attend and what you would gain from this event. Deadline for applications is Monday 5th October 2015. The successful applicants will be asked to write a short report of the day for the groups, within a month of attendance. This report will be published on the ARLG NW Blog and in the CILIPNW newsletter.

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