Highlights from World IA Day 2016

Laura Christenson talking at World IA Day 2016

Laura Christenson talking at World IA Day 2016Last fall, Scott Kubie, the organizer of the World IA Day event in Des Moines reached out to see if I would be interested in speaking. My answer? Yes, please!

Being asked to speak to a group of other professionals is such an honor. Of course, I admit I was a bit nervous. I knew I would be speaking to an audience of about 100 other user experience and information architecture professionals.

Of course, Scott sent friendly and helpful reminders to speakers prior to the event.

When we were talking over lunch, Scott told me he had been spending about 15 hours per week working on preparing for this event. It really showed too.  Everything seemed to flow so smoothly.

When I arrived at the event, I was impressed by the beautiful venue. It was held at the newly renovated student center on the Grand View University campus in Des Moines.

Since I was speaking first, I didn’t have too long to wait before I talked. I didn’t have the chance to see other presenters before getting on stage myself. That was OK. Each speaker was so unique and enjoyable.

I was pleased to see that a snippet from my talk was tweeted about:    

Here is a highlight reel of the talk. It’s less than 5 minutes long. If you are interested in seeing the full talk, head over to my Personalization Presentation at World IA Day page.

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Thanks to  Todd Bailey from Grand View University for producing all of the videos for that day.

Presentations I’ve Given

When I worked at the University of Iowa I gave a couple of talks at Drupal Corn 2013.  This conference was held on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City, Iowa on August 8 – 11, 2013.

At other times,  I spoke to my colleagues or Meetup groups. I’ve spoken about web writing, website projects in general, and website maintenance. I’ve included those presentations here.

If you are looking for an expert speaker for your professional event, let’s talk!

Best Practices for Web Site Maintenance Presentation Description

There are things you must do to make sure your site stays functional and relevant. This session covers best practices and free tools you can use for ongoing website maintenance. These tools are helpful for webmasters and content editors.

Learn more about:

  • Answering webmaster emails
  • Reviewing and updating content
  • Checking links and link structure
  • Reviewing meta titles and descriptions
  • Reviewing website accessibility
  • Managing files and assets
  • Testing your site after updates and upgrades

Check out the Website Maintenance presentation.

Writing for the Web Presentation Description

People just don’t read much on the web. They scan, looking for key information that will help them do something specific. Many websites have too much text. This gets in the way of allowing the visitors to achieve their goals. This session delves into the basics of writing useful web content.

People who attend this workshop will come away understanding why it’s important to write differently for websites, and the difference between how people read in print and onscreen. They will also learn tips for writing good web content.

Check out the Writing for the Web presentation.

Migrating to Drupal Presentation Description

Don’t let the title fool you. This presentation can help anyone taking on a website revamp or migration project. Check it out for some quick best practices for leading a successful website migration.

Migrating to Drupal presentation.

Are you looking for more? Check out my presentation about Architecting Personalization from World IA Day 2016.