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Introduction to Microformats Recap

May 08, 2009

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As part of my whirlwind of presentations, I recently spoke to the University of New Mexico's Information Architects group about microformats.

The presentation was a huge success (at least from my perspective). There were about 20 attendees, and it was the first time I felt comfortable in a public-speaking situation.

Slideshow, Resources & More

For folks who were unable to attend the presentation, the S5 slideshow is available for your perusal:

Screen shot of Introduction to Microformats slideshow

In this slideshow, I provided links a bunch of microformats resources:

And I demonstrated several tools and sites that utilize microformats:

Lastly, I fielded a number of questions after the presentation, some of which addressed information not included in the presentation so I'm including them here:

Post-Presentation Thoughts

I took the advice of several friends and really prepared for this presentation. Not only putting the slideshow together, but making notes for my "script" and then practicing in front of the mirror. And, while I could've definitely prepared more if I had the time, the preparation I did do certainly paid off.

I was extremely comfortable in front of the group, and I definitely knew the topic. I had no problems answering questions and keeping my train–of–thought.

And even better than my own experience, it seems the attendees liked it as well. In fact, I received one email after the presentation thanking me for sharing and letting me know that he is going to implement microformats.

I ran into another attendee at a different event later that day, and she told me that after my presentation, she went straight to her site and added several microformats … and that it was easy.

I seriously couldn't ask for more.

But I can offer a heartfelt thank you to the group for attending, as well as special thanks to Greg Gomez and Matt Carter for inviting me to speak and giving me this great opportunity!

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Greg Gomez opines:


Hi, Emily:

Thanks again for your excellent presentation, and thanks for the link to your notes.


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