The All-Important Conference Handout

I know that when I speak at conferences that the most common questions are: “Can I have a copy of your slides?” and “Can you provide that url again?”

Conference handouts are a very important part of your presentation. Your talk is often so information rich that it can’t possibly be adequately absorbed in just an hour. People need to digest the information and then go back and review it. They also need reinforcement of your message and they need to explore your sources for themselves so that they experience that “ah hah” moment on their own. Don’t let them do that without you! Create a binder with all your materials and make sure that you provide your blog or website in the binder. This will help you reinforce your message, but also let them remember the source of that message.

LiveBinders is your perfect solution to a great conference give-away! Here is a brief video overview:

But here is the best part, you can be working on your handout until the last possible minute. Of course there are times when I get additional resources from the audience. I love being able to tell them that those resources will be included in the binder. Unlike emailing information, with a binder, everyone always has the latest version.

Here is a great example from Kathy Cassidy and Maria Knee with slides and other resources:

Creating Great Presentations

Don’t you just hate sitting through a boring presentation? The only thing worse is being the one standing up there giving the boring presentation!

But creating a great presentation takes knowledge of the target audience, graphics design, and a bit of theater. I’m always scouring the web for good resources on how to create great presentations. In this binder, I have pulled together a group of excellent sites. Click on the binder below to see my collection thus far…

Pitching to Venture Capitalists

In my spare time, I coach entrepreneurs on ‘how to pitch venture capitalists’ for Astia – a fabulous organization that supports women entrepreneurs in both technology and life sciences.

My problem is that I do this as a volunteer and – though I would love to spend all the time in the world with these companies – I don’t have much spare time. So I gathered together the best resources on the web on how to do venture presentations and put them in a binder. Now I send the binder to the entrepreneur in advance of meeting with them.

What a great time savings this is for me! By the time I meet with them, they have usually reviewed these resources and incorporated them into their presentations. I only have to help them polish the pitch and add the finishing touches!

Check out my venture pitch binder here: