Thanks to all the PressEDconf18 presenters who shared their tips!

Fearghal’s tips

Presenting on twitter is a scary thought but presenting at PressED was a great thing to do and allowed me to express how much benefit I had gotten from my wordpress blog educationally. If I could give you a tip It would be this: when designing your presentation, keep it concise and apply the same rules you would to an oral presentation, make it visual if you can and keep it lively, no one wants to spend 13 mins reading a string of 140 character tweets crammed full of reams of text and 4 coming a minute; prepare in advance and time your tweets.

Peter P’s tips

I prepared all my tweets in advance. I thought of each from two perspectives – how it added to the narrative string and how each tweet might be interesting on its own. I added pressedconf18 and individualized hashtags to support each perspective. I had all my tweets in a text document with a schedule of what minute I wanted to post them. I also collected some relevant images to go with most all tweets I had already done a number of blog posts about the project I showcased in pressedconf18, so I frequently added a link to offer more info. While tweeting I tried to follow up on any replies or questions, but that proved to be challenging as I watched the clock for time to post the next tweet. It was an exhilarating experience and together with the prep I did, a great chance to reflect on the project. More here:

Louise’s tips

First, like any presentation think about what your key message is. You don’t have a lot of space so consider if each tweet will be a standalone message (good for retweets) or if the whole set needs to be read to make sense of your argument (allows greater depth). Either way make sure you number your tweets to help people follow along. You might also want to thread your tweets (reply to yourself) so that everything is in one place.

What do you want from the event? If it’s networking, try to be present for as much of the day as you can so you can engage with other talks as well as with people reaching out to you. If it’s too share knowledge, consider using extra hashtags to draw in tweeps who aren’t following #pressed19. Boost engagement by using gifs and images.

Scheduled tweets – if you’ve not used a scheduler before, be aware that some of the free accounts give you a limited number of tweets – this might not be enough for your whole presentation and can cut you off mid flow!

Times – use to check what time you’re presenting if you’re not on GMT

And after the event, think about using twitter’s ‘moment’ feature to gather all your tweets and maybe some of the replies into one place for people who weren’t able to follow along live.


Lorna’s tips

I found presenting at PressED to be a hugely rewarding, if rather nerve-wracking experience! My top tips would be…. Edit edit edit – writing a presentation concisely enough to fit into 15 tweets is challenging. Start long and then edit edit edit. Make the most of the medium – add links, images, gifs and media to your tweets. This allows you to provide additional information for people to follow up, and can also make your presentation engaging and visually appealing. I used vintage film gifs in my presentation and it was a lot of fun.

Choose your tools – some presenters schedule their tweets in advance using a tool like Tweetdeck, others line them all up in a document and use copy and paste to live tweet them. I live tweeted, which made it a bit scary but also a really immediate experience. If you’re live tweeting, number your tweets in a document ready to copy and paste, and number your images and store them in a dedicated folder. Use the hashtag – and remember that it will cut down your character limit.

Attribute – if you’re using copyright images, remember to provide attribution, either in your closing tweet or link to a list of attributions online. Aggregate and archive – you can aggregate your tweets using Twitter Moments, or on your own blog, to save your presentation for posterity.

Have fun! – that’s the most important top tip


Eric’s tips

Preparing for was exciting, yet totally different than my usual conference preparation exercises! Rather than preparing slidedecks, I was preparing a combination of tweets, threads, links, media, and logical follows for communicating topics – using the best of Twitter’s features to make following the presentation both live and in the future as easy as possible! I also wanted to facilitate as much conversation as possible, and allowing each tweet and thought to serve as a starting point for communication, discussion, and debate.

My top tip is to think like a microblogger and deliver your knowledge in tiny, useful chunks. Tweet threads and metadata (URL, image) previews are your best friend! Don’t be afraid to link to more detail if needed, but use Twitter as it’s intended – for dialogue and dissemination!

Anne-Marie’s tips

Our presentation was a joint one (between myself and ), and we had to pull it together when we were both travelling extensively. In many ways I think that made the format a blessing in disguise – 280 characters plus an image isn’t too daunting, especially when you’re probably going to include a link in most tweets plus the hashtag. We were telling a story of 10 years of WordPress use on a Digital Education post-grad programme and each had a bit of the story to bring to the plate. We used a shared spreadsheet to pool ideas, get the thread of the story in the right order, gather relevant images. We iterated over it as we each passed through multiple time-zones until we got it to what we thought was the right story, with a tight focus. We tried to ensure each of the main “slides” included a link to provide more depth to what we were saying. Jen set everything up in Tweetdeck on a timer and that worked like a treat and after the fact I collected the tweets together in order on my blog so that it felt less like it was just a moment in time:

Digital Education and WordPress: an historical romp for #pressedconf18

Jenni’s tips

One method of preparing a PressED presentation is to build your presentation as a series of Tweets (with accompanying images as needed) in MS Word or other word processing document. When the time comes to present, copy paste each Tweet and keep a folder with your images handy to pop them in. This lets you manually control your presentation timing.

Top tip – ensure your Tweets are text based and not a series of images to support inclusive design for participants that use screen readers.

Todd’s tips

You have a story to tell. It is your story. Develop the setting. Create some characters. Make them fail. Make them find help from others. Make them succeed. It is your story. Make it yours. (Also, use easy to understand images for each tweet. Add links to examples in each tweet. Have fun.)

Terry’s tips

Being a presenter in the PressED conference is a radical experience. You are therefore, radical. And that is rad. But we need something familiar to cling to in this nebulous new world. For me, the old familiar was the slide deck. I just imagined that each tweet’s image was a slide, and then I had 280 characters left for the slide notes, which are now also the words you will “speak”. That allowed me to formulate my thoughts into discrete tweets/slides. You can actually go ahead and create those slides, and screenshot them for your tweet images. Or you can just use images/gifs that complement your thoughts. Fire up Tweetdeck and schedule those tweets and you can have your presentation signed, sealed and delivered weeks in advance! See you out there!

Clint’s tips

Our PressED presentation was a 2 person affair. Lucas and I collaborated by creating a Google Doc with a table that outlined what we wanted to cover in the 15 tweets we were making. Space is a constraint, so we wrote, rewrote and edited each tweet ahead of time until it was as tight as we could make it. Each tweet usually contained a link, which is one way to help pack way more info into a tweet – link to more information. We also used images liberally to either reinforce what we were talking about, or add additional text to the tweet.

My tip: include some interactivity. We did this by incorporating the built-in Twitter polling tool.

Bex’s tips

The PressED conference is a really innovative way of doing things, and is genuinely a lot of fun to take part in (especially if you want to present in your pyjamas!) The key to getting the most out of it is to prepare your presentation fully in advance so that you have very little to do on the day. That way, you can concentrate on answering questions and following relevant discussion threads without stressing about live Tweeting. It also makes sense to write your Tweets in advance so you can copy and paste them directly into Twitter from (for example) Word. This is key for ‘word perfect’ Tweets! Linked to this, I’d also suggest you number your Tweets so the audience can easily see where you are (and whether they’ve missed anything!)

TOP TIP! Schedule your Tweets in advance – that way your presentation slides will display automatically, freeing you up to read any related Tweets and answer questions. Here’s how to schedule your Tweets:

Peter M’s tips

I thought through what I wanted to say as a short story and then broke that into tweets.

Top-tip – use the thread and delay-send functions on Tweetdeck to do it all in advance.

Alan’s Tips

As always for a presentation, but especially for one via twitter, I started with finding a visual metaphor to tie together my talk “What the SPLOT is That? In this case, I played off of the mystery of SPLOTs being loosely quantified, much like the highway billboards that line Interstate 10 from texas to Arizona for a Mystery Thing. This provided a metaphor of road signs. What’s important for a tweeted talk is to provide links in most “slides” for more information or things to try, so it becomes a standalone resource. I set up mine as scheduled tweets in TweetDeck for about 1 per minute. I also suggest saving all of your tweets as a Twitter Moment, so they are able to be referenced as a “deck” of non-slides, and of course, to blog about it later in your WordPress blog. This helps too to provide credits and more detail that won’t fit in tweets.

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