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Writing your talk

Writing your talk

You've picked a topic, submitted a proposal, & oh dear, it's been accepted. Now you have to write your talk.

C J Silverio

February 22, 2014
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  1. Writing your talk
    C J Silverio, npm, Inc.
    @ceejbot

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  2. Structure
    the bones of your talk

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  3. Storytelling
    the flesh over the bones!
    emotional connections & forward drive

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  4. Structure
    + storytelling
    = screenplay
    so we’re going to steal from the movies
    and tell a story in which you are the heroine

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  5. Syd Field 3-act
    structure

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  7. ACT I: setup

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  8. ACT I: setup
    inciting incident: your problem

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  9. ACT I: setup
    inciting incident: your problem
    taking on your problem

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  10. ACT I: setup
    inciting incident: your problem
    taking on your problem
    ACT II: rising action

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  11. ACT I: setup
    inciting incident: your problem
    taking on your problem
    ACT II: rising action
    develop your concept

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  12. ACT I: setup
    inciting incident: your problem
    taking on your problem
    ACT II: rising action
    develop your concept
    pinch: reminder of your problem

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  13. ACT I: setup
    inciting incident: your problem
    taking on your problem
    ACT II: rising action
    develop your concept
    pinch: reminder of your problem
    reversal / revelation: midpoint!

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  14. ACT I: setup
    inciting incident: your problem
    taking on your problem
    ACT II: rising action
    develop your concept
    pinch: reminder of your problem
    reversal / revelation: midpoint!
    more development & another pinch

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  15. ACT I: setup
    inciting incident: your problem
    taking on your problem
    ACT II: rising action
    develop your concept
    pinch: reminder of your problem
    reversal / revelation: midpoint!
    more development & another pinch
    ACT III: resolution

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  16. ACT I: setup
    inciting incident: your problem
    taking on your problem
    ACT II: rising action
    develop your concept
    pinch: reminder of your problem
    reversal / revelation: midpoint!
    more development & another pinch
    ACT III: resolution
    solutions! your final confrontation & victory

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  17. ACT I: setup
    inciting incident: your problem
    taking on your problem
    ACT II: rising action
    develop your concept
    pinch: reminder of your problem
    reversal / revelation: midpoint!
    more development & another pinch
    ACT III: resolution
    solutions! your final confrontation & victory
    summarize (denouement)

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  18. ACT I: setup
    inciting incident: your problem
    taking on your problem
    ACT II: rising action
    develop your concept
    pinch: reminder of your problem
    reversal / revelation: midpoint!
    more development & another pinch
    ACT III: resolution
    solutions! your final confrontation & victory
    summarize (denouement)
    tag: walk-away concept

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  19. Timing
    ACT I: setup: 1/4
    ACT II: rising action: 1/2
    ACT III: resolution: 1/4

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  20. Mechanical? Yes.
    But the mechanics are hidden behind the emotional
    drive of story.

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  21. Tell a structured story.
    Introduction, development, conclusion.

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  22. Go forth & write!

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