The Presenter Network has been running for a number of years now (some more information can be found below) but this year we will be running our very first conference.
Presenter Network Conference 2017
This special one day event will be held on Thursday 7th September 2017 at the Royal Observatory Greenwich in London. The day will be jam-packed with sessions facilitated by members of the network but don’t panic, there will be plenty of time to network and share best practice too.
This network has been designed by presenters for presenters so whether you are just starting out or want to freshen up your skills there will be plenty to suit.
Places are free but allocated only to those actively involved in presenting.
For more information or to book please click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
We are often asked lots of questions about the Presenter Network, here are a few of the most frequent.
Who is it for?
The Presenter Network is solely for those who are actively involved in presenting any sort of educational session in museums as well as science and discovery centres and in the media. This is not a general education group, we created it so presenters can get together and share best practice as well as watch others in action to develop their presenting style.
Who started the network and why?
The Presenter Network was set up in 2014 by Liz Avery at the Royal Observatory Greenwich as a way for presenters to share best practice as well as watch others in action to develop their presenting style. Since then we have run regular meet-ups in collaboration with other organisations covering every aspect of presenting you could ever imagine; using effectively comedy, working with challenging audience members, how to look after your voice and everything in between.
How much does it cost?
Taking part in network events is FREE. This network is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich but is not specifically funded. We never offer nor would we encourage others running events for the network to provide catering as it can become expensive and put organisations off hosting. This group operates purely on the good will of our members with all meet-ups leaders, speakers and workshops facilitators offering their time and experience for free. We are incredibly grateful to all the members for their enthusiasm, generosity and help to keep this network alive.
Who runs the sessions?
The Royal Observatory Greenwich run the group but encourage as many diferent organisations to host a session whenever possible so we all have the oppotunity to see other people in action. Over the past three years this has resulted in sessions being hosted here at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, co-hosted on and off site when someone has an idea but no space to offer or vice versa and held in other organisations. We have even run some 'On The Road' sessions where organisations fold a Presenter Network session into their staff training day to add variety.
Why do you focus on presenting?
Quite simply because there is a demand for it. There are many fantastic science communication, museum and education networks out there with a much wider remit than just presenting. We don't compete with them but rather compliment them by dedicating our focus to addressing a very specific aspect of public communication that the sector has identified through this process as needing attention.
How often do they run?
We meet once every two to three months always between 3pm and 5pm.
Where do you meet?
Each meeting is somewhere different (mainly London based at the moment where the network is largest) so we can see how other organisations do things.
What is the structure of a session?
The order of the sessions is always the same; 1 hour taking part in a facilitated education session followed by a 1 hour discussion (made up of a short welcome by me and the discussion facilitated by the hosting group).
How do you choose the topics for sessions?
Every topic idea comes from the network. This could be that someone has presented something new and learned things they want to share or they could be having difficulty with something and looking for advice.
How can I get involved?
It is super easy - just email Liz Avery on firstname.lastname@example.org. Liz runs the group so will be able to tell you when the next session is due to take place or how to run your own.