UCEA Week 01: I gave a bad presentation yesterday
I gave a bad presentation yesterday. It wasn't bad because I had poor content or delivery. It was a bad presentation because I didn't sufficiently account for the needs and understandings of my audience. Let me explain...
I'm in Anaheim, California for the annual conference of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), which is the primary association for educational leadership faculty members at large research institutions. In other words, UCEA is the organization for professors that prepare school principals and superintendents. I currently serve as UCEA's Associate Director for Communications. I've been helping UCEA transition from a very static, fairly unhelpful web site to a more robust online presence. This past year we transitioned UCEA to Squarespace and now I am helping them take advantage of its interactive tools and other social media such as Twitter and podcasting.\n
Yesterday morning I was scheduled to give a presentation to UCEA's Executive Committee (EC). The EC is the governing body for the larger organization and is made up of 10 faculty from a number of different postsecondary institutions. You can see my presentation below. I shared various statistics and information about the UCEA web site, Twitter channel, and BlogTalkRadio podcast series.\n
The members of the EC were fine until I got to the recommendations. Then I lost them (at least that's when I think I lost them). The problem was that I've been working with Dr. Michelle Young, UCEA's Executive Director, and she gets what we're trying to do. But the EC hasn't heard from me in a while and to them I might as well have been speaking in tongues. As a group, their level of technology understanding was much lower than Michelle's, perhaps because I've been answering her questions as we've gone along.\n
It was my fault. I know that I need to tailor my presentations to the level of my audience. I've done that well in the past including with the EC but I forgot my audience this time. The end result was a dissatisfying experience for both them and me. Although some of them said to me later that I did a good job, I know they were being polite.
So now I have to remedy the situation. For some that will mean individual follow-up conversations just to clarify or touch base. For others a series of explanatory e-mail updates will suffice. And I'll need to roll up my sleeves with a few and start walking them through the same questions and answers that Michelle and I already have navigated. In the end it will be fine, but now I've created more work for myself work I could have avoided if I'd done what I should have yesterday.\n
I gave a bad presentation yesterday. Lesson learned. Reminder received. Time to adjust, compensate, and move forward...\n
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