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Confessions of a (nervous) public speaker

Confessions of a (nervous) public speaker

When I moved into Developer Relations, public speaking became my job despite finding it terrifying! Here's all I've learnt about managing speaker anxiety after four years in the role.

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James Thomas

November 07, 2018
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  1. CONFESSIONS OF A (NERVOUS) PUBLIC SPEAKER JAMES THOMAS, DEV ADVOCATE

    @ IBM ☁
  2. me = " " " " beginning of my advocacy

    career…
  3. HOW CAN I KEEP DOING THIS?

  4. " Everyone gets this! # Not about getting rid of

    it. $ Does get better.
  5. BE PREPARED BE PREPARED.

  6. % Practice, practice, practice. & No surprises. ' Prepare for

    failure.
  7. QUESTION TO ASK THE ORGANISER…. ▸ Display Connection: HDMI, VGA,

    Apple TV ▸ Internet: wireless, wired or none. ▸ Screen aspect ratio: 4x3 or 16x9. ▸ Microphone setup: lapel, hand-held podium ▸ Session details: when, where, length, Q&A ▸ Introductions: MC or self-introducing?
  8. None
  9. Three points of contact. Three points of backup. ✅ Laptop

    ✅ USB ✅ Cloud
  10. AT THE CONFERENCE

  11. % Distraction. & Mindfulness. ' Talk to someone.

  12. HERE WE GO… "

  13. ) Start strong. * Manage the symptoms. + Find the

    “nodders”.
  14. , ,

  15. DEMONSTRATION TIME

  16. - Record video backups . “Minimum Viable Demo” ✂ Minimise

    “moving parts”
  17. DEMONSTRATION TIME Q & A

  18. 0 Just say no.

  19. Dealing with difficult questions… 1 “I don’t know” 1 Deflect

    or bridge. 1 “I’m not here to talk about that”
  20. …and relax.

  21. " Being nervous is normal. . Focus on management. 2

    Just hang in there.