Showing posts with label Public Speaking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Public Speaking. Show all posts

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Upcoming Conference Appearances

Throughout the year I conduct many professional development workshops in schools and libraries. Usually, those events are not open for public registration. But I also speak at public conferences about once a month these days (I did a lot more before my children were born). Here's a list of the public events that you can find me at over the next few months. 
  • The BETT Show & TeachMeet BETT - London - January 23rd & 24th
  • SET-BC - Vancouver, BC - February 20th & 21st
  • MACUL - Detroit, MI - March 21st & 22nd
  • TLA - Austin, TX - April 15-18
Send me a note at richardbyrne (at) to learn how you can book me for a school-based workshop or conference presentation. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

How to Overcome Stage Fright

When it comes to public speaking some of us are 100% comfortable on stage. Others of us are completely freaked-out by the prospect of having to speak to a public audience. I fall into the 100% comfortable category, but I've presented with people who are close to the freak-out category. I've always told those people to "fake confidence" until they are confident. So why do people get stage fright and what can be done about it? This TED-Ed lesson has the answers.

Applications for Education
Understanding why something happens and accepting it are the first steps to changing it. This TED-Ed lesson could be a great little lesson to share with students in the weeks before they give presentations in your classroom.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Come See Me at MOREnet MITC in October

I've known about this for quite a while, but I couldn't make any official announcements until today. I am going to be the keynote speaker at MOREnet's MITC conference in Missouri on October 4. The title of my keynote is Everything is Free! Now What? I will also be running a pre-conference session (title: Lesson Plan Rehab) on October 3 and post-keynote session (title: Creating Videos to Demonstrate Learning). If you're within driving distance of Osage Beach, Missouri come on down.

I'm also slated to be the keynote speaker for another conference later in October, but I can't say which conference yet other than it's in New England. I'll also be speaking at ACTEM's annual conference in October and at CECA's conference also in October. Yes, October is a busy month for me. Fortunately, my school is willing to work with me for the time out of my classroom and I've been able to arrange my schedule so that I only miss four days from my classroom.

If you're interested in having me speak at your school or at your conference, please contact me through my Work With Me page where you'll find a list of topics that I'm happy to address as well as a list of some of the other schools and conferences I've worked with. I don't have a lot of room left in my schedule for August through December, but I can probably fit-in three to five dates.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Good Presentation Advice from Guy Kawasaki

I find Guy Kawasaki to be one of the most entertaining presenters in the field of social media. In this short video Guy offers some excellent advice about creating and giving slide presentations.

Applications for Education
For students the key point in this video is Guy's comments about knowing your presentation well enough that you do not have to read from the slides. Reading from slides is a trap that I find a lot of students fall into. One way to help students avoid that pitfall is to have them present with Ignite-style
presentations in which the slides automatically advance.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Where I'm Presenting...

I get asked about once a week if I do any presentations and or where am I presenting. At the moment I have two workshop sessions scheduled for two conferences this summer and fall. In July I will be conducting a workshop at the MLTI Summer Institute in Castine, Maine. In October I will be conducting a workshop at the ACTEM Conference.

My MLTI workshop will be about tools for helping students demonstrate through video their knowledge of Social Studies and the Arts. The workshop will focus on using tools like Animoto, PhotoPeach, and Remix America. The session will also explore how to locate images in the Public Domain and images with a Creative Commons license. Registration is open now.

My ACTEM workshop is titled 24/7 Learning. The session will focus on ways to make your classroom blog or website a place that students and parents will want to visit instead of a place they have to visit. At the time of this writing, registration is not open, but should be soon.

I'm always open to speaking invitations from other conferences and from schools. If you're interested in having me conduct a workshop for your staff, please contact me via email at richardbyrne (at)

As this post goes live, I will be away from an Internet connection until Wednesday. I will begin replying to all emails on June 25.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Five Notable Commencement Addresses

My youngest brother is graduating from the University of Connecticut this weekend. I'm not sure who will be delivering the commencement keynote. Thinking about graduation ceremonies gave me the idea for creating this list of five notable commencement addresses.

Steve Jobs gave the commencement keynote at Stanford in 2005. I've watched this video a few times in the last couple of years. Each time I watch it I pick up on something new and gain more appreciation for his message. The video is embedded below.

Bill Cosby gave the commencement keynote at Carnegie Mellon University in 2007. I watched the video for the first time today. In typical Bill Cosby fashion he entertains while congratulating the graduates for "being nerds" and offering advice from his experiences.

Google co-founder Larry Page delivered the commencement keynote at the University of Michigan last weekend. Mr. Page is not quite as dynamic in his delivery as Cosby and Jobs, but his message is a timely one for students graduating into a tough economic climate.

In 2006 Tom Brokaw delivered the commencement keynote at Stanford. What I really appreciated about Brokaw's speech is that he reminds the audience that as impressive as 21st century technology is, "it will do us little good if we wire the world, but short circuit our souls."

Not your typical commencement speaker, but an entertaining one none-the-less, Adam Sandler "crashed" a high school graduation in New Hampshire.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

QlipBoard - Add Voiceovers to Slide Shows

QlipBoard is a new tool for creating slide shows with voice narration. QlipBoard is similar to PhotoShow that enable users to import images from online photo sharing services or local computer and then add narration to the show. Projects created with QlipBoard can be shared by email, direct url link, or by embedding them into a blog or website. QlipBoard is different from a service like PhotoShow because it can be used online or the program can be downloaded and installed on your local computer (pc only).

Applications for Education
QlipBoard provides students with another choice for creating presentations to share and demonstrate knowledge. For students reluctant to speak in front of a large class creating and sharing presentations with QlipBoard may be one way for them to ease into public speaking.