Speaking about Speaking...
Fake it won't make it
Regardless of whatever
Practice makes awesome
Start with why
Remember to remember
Thread disparate content with sequence,
connections and context.
Create a story
"Writing is nature's way of letting you know
how sloppy your thinking is" - Guidon Cartoon
Have plans B,C,D,...
If you'll make them read...
- Use large fonts
- Be concise
- Keep CLI prompt at the top
- Use high contrast color schemes
- Prefer high resolution images
- Make no more than one point per slide
Demos, videos, whiteboarding, labs…
anything is more interesting than slides.
Use multiple medias
Everybody loves cases, deeper
explanations, tips, tricks & hacks.
Add your experience
Align and review content, consider multiple
Talk to the
- Wi-fi password
- Break times
- Social media aliases
Keep on the board
They only will if you do
Don't let ANYONE bored!
Easier said than done...
Agenda, housekeeping, and even
introductions can wait or be "lazy loaded"...
Start and end
with cool stuff
It is a great call to attention,
specially if directly and by name.
Standing by the side of the less interested
may be a good call to attention
Make big gestures,
change voice tone and volume
It is unnatural and weird,
so everyone pays attention to it.
Lights are part of the show
Switching the lights switches the focus
Be very careful with humor
Don't be offensive, make the joke about yourself
Review last day, get and set expectations,
write timing and facility information.
Checkpoint and Recap
Remind the main points on a secondary display
Speaker notes are yours!
Draw the story clearly and legibly
Whiteboard for posterity!
- Listen thoroughly and don't interrupt
- Answer straight first, explain caveats afterwards
- "I don't know" can be the best answer
- Only compliment really "good questions"
- Do not guess, defer and follow up instead
- Track deferred questions on the board
- Try different angles or examples if not understood
- Ask back to verify understanding
- Swag can buy (possibly bad) questions
- Predict questions asking yourself "five whys"
Questions are great content!
Don't corner yourself by guessing.
Commit to follow-up and get help about
how to deliver the subject.
Start with questions and work backwards.
Consider a question
driven talk or section
- Postpone the subject
- Ask to follow back offline
- Discern opinions from facts
- Politely refuse to comment
- Anticipate a break
Don't allow spoilers and vandals
Make them try!
Encourage and support their demos and labs
- Mind the time
- Facilitate networking
Make coffee breaks valuable
- Names on Chrome favorites bar
- “Momentum” Chrome extension
- Desktop background picture
- Close your personal tabs, Outlook and reminders
- Rotate exposed credentials ASAP
- Social engineering awareness
- Be careful when showing your filenames
Mark the middle or thirds slides for easy
Manage time carefully
paint it black for maximum attention to you.
Eye contact is important!
Just don't be creepy
Review and learn
Share and improve from experience
Record and review to kick off bad habits:
- Recognize and avoid vocal "helpers"
- Talking to board
- Talking too loud or low
- Being too salesy
- Vendor bashing or glorification
- Playing with markers
Watch people watching you
Send complementary references,
whitepapers, books, articles, documentation
and case studies.
Alternate support foot, walk,
sit, drink lots of water, sleep and eat well.
Take care of yourself
Nevermind the Bollocks
Standing in the shoulders
Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are
TED's secret to great public speaking
TED: The Power is In The Palm of Your Hands
Melissa Marshall: Talk nerdy to me
Leslie Lamport: Thinking Above the Code
Barry Schwartz: The Paradox of Choice
And the countless contributors to
Contributions welcome :)