On October 19, 2012, Gentle Heron gave us a template for creating a Mentor Corner "book report style" presentation. Naturally, she and the others who present often would be very grateful if the rest of us mentors would step up and take our turns in the Mentor Corner.

[08:49] Gentle Heron: Hello NPC friends. This is a 'how to' presentation!
[08:49] Gentle Heron: Today I want to show you how to avoid having me repeat this presentation. I want to encourage each of us to step up and share something they know about as part of the Mentor Corner series.
[08:49] Gentle Heron: Each week someone (far too often Gentle or Zinnia) shares a short piece of information.
[08:49] Gentle Heron: You too can share! Here’s how to make it even easier than those old high school book reports we all used to dread.
[08:49] Gentle Heron: First, choose a topic.
[08:50] Gentle Heron: Make it something you’d like to hear about. Perhaps you already know about this topic, or maybe it’s something you’d like to know more about.
[08:50] Gentle Heron: Both ways work.
[08:50] Gentle Heron: Since we’re talking about this as a book report style presentation, you may already have an article to tell us about. I have a whole file of them on business topics…. Just ask and I’ll find one for you.
[08:50] Gentle Heron: But you can also find your own. Educause has a GREAT series titled “Seven Things You Should Know About…”. I really like their seven standard questions they answer for all their topics.
[08:51] Gentle Heron: Their topics are mostly tech topics: http://www.educause.edu/research-and-publications/7-things-you-should-know-about/7-things-you-should-know-about-campus-wide-it
[08:51] Gentle Heron: But if you don’t want to do a seven-item long report, try Googling something shorter.
[08:51] Gentle Heron: ...
[08:51] Gentle Heron: When I Googled “5 steps to…” I got information on risk assessment, studying, fighting stress, accomplishing goals… (as well as how to winterize my car or hide a pimple!)
[08:51] Gentle Heron: “4 steps to…” found me articles on successful Facebook marketing, starting an exercise habit, and effective performance evaluation.
[08:52] Gentle Heron: This is the work, making an outline of the article. But it’s easy if you’ve read something that is listed as steps, because those are your outline entries!
[08:52] Gentle Heron: The first entry in your outline should be the introduction. The last should be your conclusion. In between, just list the author’s steps.
[08:52] Gentle Heron: Put your outline into PowerPoint slides. If you need help with this step, ask a Mentor. We’re happy to help.'
[08:53] Gentle Heron: You don’t even need to do this step, if you don’t want visuals with your presentation!
[08:53] Gentle Heron: ...
[08:53] Gentle Heron: If you chose to do a PowerPoint slideset, you’ll probably want some pictures.
[08:53] Gentle Heron: Please be mindful of copyrights. Choose images that are copyright free.
[08:53] Gentle Heron: One great source of copyright-free images is the Morgue File (perfect name for Halloween, right?)
[08:53] Frans Charming: :)
[08:53] bulaklak: 7 steps to giving a 7 step presentation
[08:54] Gentle Heron: Glad you lijke that one, Frans. Right you are Bulaklak
[08:54] Gentle Heron: Write out the text you’ll be presenting in Local Chat.
[08:54] Gentle Heron: Basically, you are now filling in your outline. Don’t just use the words of the article. Add your own examples.
[08:54] Gentle Heron: Bring the slides and text into Second Life and prepare your presentation tools.
[08:54] Gentle Heron: Again, Mentors (I’m looking hard at Jen and Zinnia here!) are happy to help.
[08:54] Zinnia Zauber: We are here for you, man!
[08:54] Gentle Heron: And you’re ready to schedule your Mentor Corner “book report” with Zinnia.
[08:55] Gentle Heron: It’s as simple as that, really.
[08:55] Gentle Heron: I promise, you’ll be glad you shared your knowledge with the rest of us at NonProfit Commons.
[08:55] Gentle Heron: (and you really won't want me to repeat this presentation, will you?)
[08:55] bulaklak: This is also a good place for copyright-free images: http://search.creativecommons.org/ (although some rights reserved in certain cases)
[08:56] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you so much, Gentle! It means a lot to us if you present!
[08:56] bulaklak: That was super helpful! Thanks, Gentle!
[08:56] Gentle Heron: Please contact me if anyone wants some articles out of my extensive collection. Just give me the topic.
[08:56] Buffy Beale: you're the best Gentle!
[08:56] Zinnia Zauber: We all have unique insight to share and it is fun to be in the spotlight!
[08:56] Rhiannon Chatnoir: thank you Gentle!
[08:56] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you Gentle!
[08:56] Ozma Malibu: Thank you Gentle!
[08:56] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Amazing as always :)
[08:56] Nicki Clary: thanks so much Gentle