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mmh

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08-27-2009 05:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: suggestions presentation guest speaker annapolis woodworkers guild big stick canes

I have been asked to be a guest speaker at the Annapolis Woodworkers Guild on Thursday, September 10th, 2009 in Edgewater, MD.: http://www.awwg.org/. I have a few ideas of what to do, but I thought it would be good to ask all of you L J’s as to what you would like to see and hear if attending such a presentation. (BTW: New visitors are welcome to attend, meeting starts at 7PM, Speaker starts at 7:45PM)

I will be bringing 10-20+ of my canes, all of various designs and woods. (There’s nothing better than seeing the actual piece of work, and to be able to touch it too.) I intend on creating a slide show (PowerPoint) and will speak a little about each piece (concepts, hardships, etc.).

I have a tutorial online on how to make a fancy cane that I could also present, and maybe add a few more shop photos: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/12742. The presentation should be about an hour of time.

Q: What else would you like to see or hear?

Should I have a handout on the construction, along with my flyer/brochure info that describes the concepts of my work?

Should I bring some samples of unusual woods? If so, how many? 5-6? (Let’s not bring the whole inventory!)

Your suggestions will be appreciated, as I’d like to make this an enjoyable and interesting presentation. Nothing worst than putting an audience asleep.

Thanks,
Meilie
http://www.bigstickcanes.com

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe


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lew

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#1 posted 08-27-2009 06:01 PM

Meilie,

As a former educator/teacher, may I interject one personal note- I HATE POWERPOINT!!!

Maybe a few slides will be OK but PowerPoint presentations tend to be boring, especially to folks that are used to working with their hands. If you use this type of presentation, intermix it with lots of hands on- i.e. a slide of an enlargement of a fine detail of a cane that you are passing around; the before picture of a finished handle that the audience can touch/feel as you are talking or an intricate machine setup that cannot be shown in the presentation location.

These are words of experience from someone how as had to endure many professional educators/presenters while watching the faces of captive students.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 08-27-2009 06:09 PM

Hi Lew, I hear you. I hate lectures and when the lights go out, so do I.

I was thinking that the Powerpoint would be showing my slides of work. Large close up photos of my canes, as I like PICTURES not words on a screen. I could do just a slide show, but I’m not sure what format and if I can control the timing of the photo so I can talk about each one before the next photo.

I want to keep this simple and yet interesting, so that’s why I’m asking for suggestions. Keep them coming.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 08-27-2009 06:43 PM

I would think that HOW you did it would be more interesting than WHAT you did.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#4 posted 08-27-2009 07:25 PM

Mellie: I was not the featured speaker, I was making a show-n-tell presentation and they gonged me for taking too long. But I kept talking anyways. I might try and make it over that night.

The Mason Dixon Woodworkers took about 8 people over the night that we went. Their previous newsletter chairman, moved over to Delaware and joined our club. So we all went back with him for a meeting.

The guest speaker for the night I went was talking about antique clocks (Early American). He had lots of pieces that he was able to pass around. I would think that a sample of some woods that have a before piece and an after piece (on a cane) would be great. These guys and gals are woodworkers so a little about how you got into the business of cane making and some of the secrets and techniques that are necessary, Big people, little people, Big hands, little hands different styles. Walking sticks, (Your civil war Ladies stick. Some of the unique uses that people have wanted them for etc.

Good Luck, hope to see you there.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#5 posted 08-27-2009 08:24 PM

If I was there I would like to hear where you get the inspiration for some of your more special canes’ design.

-- Ed

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#6 posted 08-27-2009 10:08 PM

How about a few samples in different stages of assembly…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#7 posted 08-27-2009 10:34 PM

Thank you for all of the input. I head gears are grinding and I’m listening to your comments. Please don’t be shy, any little idea is helpful. I want this to be interesting and fun for everyone attending. There is a wide range of interest, background and talent, just as we have her at LJ’s, so even a novice can give a pointer.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#8 posted 08-27-2009 11:54 PM

Looks as if most your work speaks for it’s self. I’d think they would be interested in finding out how you became successful after you built the canes. Your marketing ideas, outlets, so forth. Congratulations on your successes. Well earned…............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#9 posted 08-28-2009 01:13 AM

If I was asked to speak, in front of people, I would run away!
Seriously though, if it’s possible, it would be great if you could show the process from beginning to end, in your hands, by having several canes in various stages of completion. Tools used, surprises (both good and bad) that you’ve encountered, tedious steps, fun steps…The best presentations I’ve seen are where the audience gets to participate somewhat. Ask them for a show of hands on something. With these sorts of things you can “check their pulse” and see if you’ve got some live ones or a bunch of sleepers…With a show and tell sort of segment you can also slow it down or speed it up, elaborating on things or glossing over quickly depending on interest level (or time considerations).
Some interspersed humor, especially self-deprecating, can really win people over and it helps again to see whether their listening or not.
Good luck to you and I hope you let everybody know how it went! That’s quite an honor for them to ask you!
I think You’ll slay ‘em!!! Break a Leg!! ;-)
Oh, and watch out for that well-known heckler that goes by the name of Karson! j/k!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#10 posted 08-28-2009 03:08 AM

Heckler / Heckler I resemble that.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#11 posted 08-28-2009 03:43 AM

I knew you wouldn’t let me get away with that, Karson :)
mmh: If I was doing this, I think I’d also tell everybody up front that I’d gladly answer questions at the END of the program. It sounds like you’re giving this some time and thought, and questions in the middle could throw off your timing or sidetrack you. Plus the person might be asking about something that you were about to reveal anyway, if they had only waited for it…
Smile and enjoy yourself, so will everybody else!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#12 posted 08-28-2009 03:49 AM

Good news Mellie I’m sure you will do great. I’ve heard stories of folks getting ready for speaking events and practicing and when the get to the event they are all ready and have there notes ,they have there little clock to see how there doing on time and go perfectly through there whole list of subject to find the competed the speech in 3 minutes for a 20 minutes speech.
My best advise is talk about what you know and relax include some humor if your comfortable with that, asking questions and a little Q&A helps.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#13 posted 08-28-2009 06:10 AM

Hey, some great replies here. I’m writing them all down and will see what happens. I do enjoy explaining my work, as sometimes you don’t realize why you do something until you have to explain it to someone else. I’m going to just have fun with this as a Show & Tell with Q & A’s afterward. It will be fun to meet people who love woodworking and who come from all backgrounds, interests and talents. I hope to see some of you LJ’s there whom I’ve yet to meet in person.

Keep the comments coming!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#14 posted 09-11-2009 06:27 AM

Well, I must say I was quite impressed at the turnout at tonight’s meeting. The Annapolis Woodworkers Guild is a group of very nice, welcoming people of all ages, talents, and levels of knowledge. There was a nice crowd of members, a nice percentage of fellow female workers at that.

The presentation went well, and I hope I didn’t bore anyone, as it is a late hour for a weekday to be out. The crowd gave me a hearty applause and some good questions after my slide show, with the help of my trusted A/V technician, my husband, Michael who made a “no slide show” option into a “Great slide show” option happen.

I passed around some unfinished handles for them to fondle and had some rare wood samples to show along with my canes. I had a lot of fun sharing my work, ideas and interests with others who are also in love with wood. I don’t get out much these days, especially to meet others who are working with wood, so this was a real treat!

Maybe I’m just a big Ham, but I really had fun sharing and answering questions. I think I need to get out of the basement wood workshop more often too. I hope I’ll get some continued correspondence from their members as they are quite an interesting group. Let’s talk WOOD!

And I really can’t emphasize enough, as to just how welcoming these folks made me feel. Thanks AWWG, you guys are the BEST! http://www.awwg.org/

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#15 posted 09-11-2009 06:35 AM

Mellie:

I’m glad that the presentation went well. I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to make it there.

We’ll have to make it to your shop or mine.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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