Any tips/resources for public speaking at conferences?

8 months ago from , Sr. Interactive AD at Publicis Hawkeye

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!

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  • Jonathan ShariatJonathan Shariat, 8 months ago
    • 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.
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  • James Young, 8 months ago

    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.

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  • Lauren GolembiewskiLauren Golembiewski, 8 months ago

    This talk on talks was incredibly helpful for me when I was preparing my first big talk. The same guy presenting that talk created a website that gives more detail to his talking tips and framework.

    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.

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  • Imam SusantoImam Susanto, 8 months ago

    I found one on my bookmarks. Old but it is useful. http://speaking.io/

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  • Mike Torosian, 8 months ago

    Demystifying Public Speaking by Lara Hogan is supposed to be a great resource as well: https://abookapart.com/products/demystifying-public-speaking

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  • Pietro Stracquadanio, 8 months ago
    • 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/

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  • Caleb SylvestCaleb Sylvest, 8 months ago

    Just saw this today on Product Hunt. No clue if it's any good, but check it out:

    http://www.youper.co/?ref=producthunt

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  • Ben HowdleBen Howdle, 8 months ago

    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

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  • Daniel GoldenDaniel Golden, 8 months ago

    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.

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  • Tejas Bhalerao, 8 months ago

    Hi Alexander,

    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.

    PresentationDesign #ServiceDesign

    All the best!

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  • Saijo GeorgeSaijo George, 8 months ago

    I have heard that recording a session and watching it help.

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  • Pedro PintoPedro Pinto, 8 months ago

    Some great tips here: http://www.presentationzen.com/

    Good luck!

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  • Leon Ephraim, 8 months ago

    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

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  • Matias PMatias P, 8 months ago

    On March 30th there is a class on CreativeLive about 'Become an Engaging Presenter'

    https://www.creativelive.com/courses/become-an-engaging-presenter-andrew-whelan

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