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Sharing the Universe
Presentation Skills Videos

Quick Summary

This sheet contains the "Main Ideas" from each of the 5 videos.

This sheet can be cut into little cards or laminated as a whole sheet. Just throw it in with all your equipment in case you need a reminder!

Getting Started with Outreach

Video #1
Getting Started with Outreach


MAIN IDEA:
Astronomy outreach is fun! Getting started is easy: you can hand out fliers, take pictures, point out constellations, display an astronomy poster, set up binoculars, set up a telescope, or walk around and talk to guests.

Video #2
How to Say "I Don't Know"


MAIN IDEA:
You are there to inspire (like a mentor) not to be an encyclopedia. It's ok if you don't know everything.

What to do when you don't know:

1. Don't Panic!
2. Don't make something up
3. Give related information
4. Suggest other resources

Video #3
Connecting with Kids


MAIN IDEA:
In order to be successful with kids you need to involve them. Keep them ENGAGED things will run smoothly!

The four steps to connecting with kids:

1. Smile, be welcoming
2. Grab with an engaging question
3. Involve them in the presentation
4. Give a way to discover more

Video #4
Handling Difficult Questions (and Difficult People)


MAIN IDEA:
Avoid difficult questions and get back on topic. Don't be afraid to Seize Control as needed!

How to deal with difficult questions:

1. Seize control!
2. Be pleasant
3. Respond neutrally
4. Get back on topic

Video #5
How to get "WOW!" (When not showing Saturn)


MAIN IDEA:
In order to keep your audience engaged, you need to tell a story. It never hurts to use props to tell a story!


You can find great stories and demonstrations at the Night Sky Network!


NSF logoSharing the Universe is based upon work supported by the Informal Education Division of the National Science Foundation under Grant no DRL-0638873. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.