Advice about your presentation and networking
Iliff students of all degrees regularly attend the AAR/SBL/ASOR Rocky Mountain-Great Plains Regional Meeting as well as various national and regional conference for other fields and guilds. If you are presenting a paper or plan on doing so in the future these handouts, slides, and video can tell you what you need to know. You should always feel free to contact the Iliff Career Center or the Iliff Writing Lab for more help.
How to create a presentation that others will find memorable:
1) Have ONE thing to say: create a strong thesis that you clearly state up front and support well. This means having discipline.
2) Write for the ear:
- shorter words
- shorter sentences
- contractions: write like you know you talk
- choose your big-ticket vocabulary carefully
- know your audience
3) Practice in advance: Ask for the opportunity to present in front of your peers or friends.
What can your audience take home?
1) Your ONE idea for this paper.
2) A paper supplement handout: Download an annotated example here.
Networking tactics that introduce you to employment consideration:
- Creating an effective Letter of Introduction
- Making a Professional Prospectus
- Networking during the Conference
- One-on-one meetings
- Funnel conversations
- Attending presentations
- Working a Room
- Following up on Conference Connections
These slides cover steps to take before, during, and after a conference to make sure you have the best opportunities to make strong connections.