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Presentation Patterns: A brief story about teaching technology

Presentation Patterns: A brief story about teaching technology

Presenting is an intimidating thing for many technologists. However, it doesn't need to be. What's helps is having a spelled-out game plan for how to craft, submit, and talk about your chosen topic. Our Presentation Patterns book has some recipes for that, and this presentation draws out a few of the most prominent ones for the Denver Java User Group audience.


Matthew McCullough

March 13, 2013

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  1. Presentation Patterns a brief story about teaching technology

  2. Matthew McCullough @matthewmccull

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  4. http://presentationpatterns.com

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  6. ❶  Find your motivation

  7. Want to do it.

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  9. Help others do better.

  10. • Teach a skill that you know well and others

    are weak at. • Change opinions about something that is viewed as hot (or not). • Share a story of how something worked out well. • Recount how a popular process didn't work for your team. • Tell how you learned a hard lesson as a team. • Do a technical deep dive and make it approachable to newcomers.
  11. ❷  Investigate your audience

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  13. Ask the event organizer.

  14. Query past attendees.

  15. Adjust for maximum audience impact.

  16. • What is the technical level of the audience? Basic?

    Advanced? • What languages do the audience members primarily program in? • What kind of social diversity can I expect of the audience? • What age range might I expect? • What educational background will audience members typically have? • What languages will the audience possibly know?
  17. ❸  Craft a story

  18. Freytag can help.

  19. 1 Exposition 2 Rising action 3 Complication 4 Climax 5

    Falling action 6 Resolution 7 Denouement Exposition Clim ax Denouement
  20. ❹  Write the proposal

  21. Think about the weight of your words.

  22. Brief, but impactful.

  23. Lengths: •Title •Abstract •Description

  24. Get inspiration from other proposals.

  25. ❺  Market your talk

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  27. Advertise your talk everywhere you possibly can.

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  29. ❻  Design the talk

  30. Sketch your ideas

  31. Linearize at the last possible moment.

  32. ❼  Build the talk

  33. You are the talk.

  34. Slides are merely a support.

  35. Color is easy with a little help.

  36. http://kuler.adobe.com

  37. Design is easy, given examples.

  38. http://speakerdeck.com

  39. ❽  Practice the talk

  40. Less than 10% practice their talk.

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  42. ❾  Just talk

  43. Place friends in the front row.

  44. The front row controls the room.

  45. No stupid underwear analogies.

  46. The audience members are your friends.

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  48. reduce your filler words um... uh... you know...

  49. manage your question budget

  50. manage your question budget

  51. adjust your nose and eyes

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  53. ❿  Gather feedback

  54. Provide a feedback channel.

  55. @matthewmccull

  56. Vent and direct the steam.

  57. Freytag?

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  59. just two more things...

  60. PresentationPatterns.com

  61. Start Teaching!

  62. @matthewmccull @ppatterns info@presentationpatterns.com