So, I'll be speaking at a conference coming up; do you all have any tips or resources to point to on speaking at conferences/creating presentations. I want to make sure my presentation is fun and interesting, while still providing actual value. All I know is that I don't want to make it interactive or force audience participation, lol, just from my own experience I hate it when speakers do that to me. Thanks all!
- Don't be afraid of adding humor. Its always welcomed and memorable.
- For each point you want to make, try to think of (or even Google) an off-screen way to demonstrate that if possible. A personal story also counts.
- Repeat your main points at least 3 times: 1. At the start, 2. One by one, 3. At the end. If you have 1 main point, make a catchy bite sized, memorable sentence you can repeat.
- Avoid as much text on the screen as possible. Thats what your mouth is for.
- Have a "Go and Do", something practical listeners can do right away.
- When estimating the time of your presentation, remember that you're more likely to speak too quickly. If possible have some flexible examples you can add or remove.
- Take everything out of your pockets and put your phone on silent.
Practice. You might think you can wing it but you can't.
You have to know your material, where you're at in your presentation and what each slide represents in terms of your story.
Don't show more than one bullet point or line on a slide at a time and definitely do not just read from your slides. Your audience have come to hear you talk and not read something they can do themselves.
I personally hate audience interaction beyond perhaps a question/show of hands type thing and live code demos that pretty much always go wrong unless you're someone awesome like Lea Verou. If you need to show code, it's often better to show a short video snippet that you know works.
This is another helpful video for proposing talks and structuring them.
The biggest thing for me when prepping for a talk is to practice in front of people. Practicing in front of an audience is like having others read an article you've written–only outsiders to your process can let you know when they may not be able to follow your logic or don't understand a point. Videotaping yourself and sending to someone to review is also a good substitute, but I find that talking in front of people helps me practice eye contact and visualize what it will be like to have a bigger audience.
I found one on my bookmarks. Old but it is useful. http://speaking.io/
I'm a big fan of this resource. It helped me a lot as I was getting started.
Demystifying Public Speaking by Lara Hogan is supposed to be a great resource as well: https://abookapart.com/products/demystifying-public-speaking
Some great tips here: http://www.presentationzen.com/
Give your talk 4 or 5 times (or more) before actually giving your talk. Record it, listen to it, and iterate. You'll be much better prepared for the actual talk than you would if it was your first time giving it.
Just saw this today on Product Hunt. No clue if it's any good, but check it out:
Ask yourself: When attendees return to work and speak about you and your presentation, what do you hope they will say?
To borrow a line from the An Event Apart Speaker’s Guide, always err on the side of being more advanced.
My personal rule of thumb when using slides: Roughly 1-2 slides per minute of speaking.
Test legibility by sitting six feet back from your laptop display.
Select a typeface appropriate for on-screen presentation.
For more detailed information - http://cameronmoll.com/archives/2009/02/20_tips_better_conference_speaking/
Just a small tip, but take comfort in the fact that within 5 minutes of your talk beginning, most (if not all) of those pre-talk nerves will be washed away. And also, try not to speak as fast as your mind is racing, else your 30 minute content will be over in ~17 minutes...
Source: I'm a bag of nerves with public speaking
I came across this presentation on 'UX and More Effective Presentations' which essentially tries to map UX methodologies to effective presentation. Could be helpful. https://goo.gl/QASUld I would suggest treating your presentation like a service and designing your content and the experience accordingly for your audience.
All the best!
I have heard that recording a session and watching it help.
Was just scrolling through Medium and saw this post. It reminded me of your topic I saw earlier today. Might contain some good tips https://medium.com/the-mission/how-i-became-more-comfortable-with-public-speaking-a1a1187b3576?source=linkShare-44f9a079adeb-1490566192
On March 30th there is a class on CreativeLive about 'Become an Engaging Presenter'