The Talk on Talks

The Talk on Talks

Most people are scared to present at a conference, or a meetup, or at a company meeting. Public speaking is a common fear, and many find themselves at night waking up from nightmares involving a disastrous speech. All too often, people think public speaking is something to be afraid of.

THEY"RE TOTALLY RIGHT OH MY GOD PUBLIC SPEAKING IS ONE OF THE MOST STRESSFUL THINGS YOURE EVER GOING TO DO PLEASE HIDE AND AVOID ALL HUMANS AND STRANGER DANGER

Now, that said, sometimes you're stuck. You can't very well turn down the speech at your best friend's wedding now, can you? Or maybe you can because secretly you don't like your friend as much as they think you do. You meanie.

The best public speakers are as nervous as you are. They've just done it before, and they all do certain things much better than you. But you can change that. It's an extremely learnable skill.

That's what this talk is all about.

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Zach Holman

May 16, 2014
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  1. talk the on talks

  2. Reasons to improve your public speaking · Speaking at conferences

    can be exciting · You’ll feel more confident speaking at your workplace · Your slides won’t look like horseshit
  3. talk the on talks

  4. @holman

  5. None
  6. planning the

  7. start early

  8. talk preparation will expand to fill all available time holman’s

    rule:
  9. pick the topic

  10. you should be an expert in the topic

  11. research-based talks is a horrible idea

  12. storytimeTM

  13. outlining

  14. rule of three makes for a good talk

  15. human concentration is pretty crappy ( )

  16. rule of three section-1 section-2 section-3

  17. rule of three section-1 section-2 section-3 outro intro

  18. rule of three section-1 section-2 section-3 supporting point supporting point

    supporting point supporting point supporting point supporting point
  19. rule of three section-1 section-2 section-3 supporting point supporting point

    supporting point supporting point supporting point supporting point expand into slides
  20. repetition

  21. the best talks are stories

  22. the best stories involve repetition

  23. builds anticipation, focuses an audience

  24. storytimeTM

  25. If you have an important point to make, don't try

    to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack. “ Winston Churchill
  26. section-1 section-2 section-3 supporting point supporting point supporting point supporting

    point recap slides
  27. recap slides section-1 section-2 section-3 supporting point supporting point recap

    supporting point supporting point recap
  28. None
  29. planning recap

  30. start early be an expert rule of three use repetition

  31. building the

  32. good vs. evil show & tell

  33. Killing human beings and getting away with it

  34. no one can read that shit

  35. make your text HUUUGE

  36. HUGE

  37. you can’t get too big

  38. design for the back of the room

  39. design it in the back of the room

  40. Killing human beings and getting away with it

  41. no one can read that shit

  42. contrast

  43. dark on light

  44. light on dark

  45. code, too:

  46. ! <blink> <marquee> do more drugs </marquee> </blink>

  47. ! <blink> <marquee> do more drugs </marquee> </blink>

  48. use color to focus

  49. ! <blink> <marquee> do more drugs </marquee> </blink>

  50. ! <blink> <marquee> do more drugs </marquee> </blink>

  51. ! <blink> <marquee> do more drugs </marquee> </blink>

  52. syntax highlight editors, not talks

  53. Killing human beings and getting away with it

  54. no one can re-

  55. it’s a little harder to read it but it’s okay

    a little bit
  56. choose fonts

  57. sans-serifs

  58. google fonts

  59. lost type co-op

  60. helvetica

  61. Killing human beings and getting away with it

  62. some won’t read all that

  63. remove more words from your slides

  64. remove more words from your slides

  65. avoid slide reading

  66. encourage listening

  67. Get away! with murder

  68. murder is frowned upon

  69. None
  70. None
  71. wasted space

  72. expand photos

  73. None
  74. None
  75. I hate trees. “

  76. Tax evasion tips

  77. Tax evasion tips

  78. Tax evasion tips

  79. slide transitions are stupid

  80. use them sparingly and purposefully

  81. building recap

  82. use large, readable text

  83. delivery the

  84. how to speak

  85. be excited

  86. talks are entertainment

  87. is your talk better than a blog post?

  88. practice

  89. rehearse a bunch

  90. record yourself

  91. record yourself it’s super embarrassing lol

  92. variance

  93. monotone is the fast track to boring

  94. change up your:

  95. pauses

  96. volume

  97. speed

  98. movement

  99. things break

  100. sound battery kernel panics internet gravity fonts colors notifications

  101. sound kernel panics internet gravity fonts colors notifications battery &

    PROJECTORS!
  102. have a copy of your slides

  103. bring adapters

  104. roll with it

  105. computers suck; humans understand

  106. storytimeTM

  107. q&a

  108. what if you don’t know the answer?

  109. pause & think about the question

  110. “I don’t know”

  111. instant +1 karma

  112. dealing with jerks

  113. you have the mic

  114. “do you have an actual question?”

  115. the audience probably hates the guy too

  116. delivery recap

  117. be excited practice a bunch use variance roll with the

    punches
  118. public speaking is scary

  119. public speaking but also fun

  120. it’s just a learned skill

  121. @holman