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WTM Amsterdam - Public Speaking

WTM Amsterdam - Public Speaking

WTM Amsterdam - Public Speaking


Lee Boonstra

May 08, 2018


  1. Becoming a confident public speaker Lee Boonstra, Customer Engineer Google

    Cloud leeboonstra@google.com @ladysign http://www.leeboonstra.com
  2. • Customer Engineer @ Google ◦ Google Conferences, Customer Events,

    Webinars • Previous: ◦ Sales Engineer @ Sencha ▪ Seminars, Conferences (FITC, Appsworld, Devoxx..) ◦ Technical Trainer @ Sencha ▪ Full week classroom trainings all over the world ▪ Online classroom trainings • I wrote a book for O’Reilly about mobile app development About me
  3. I also practice theatre...

  4. Actually. Theatre & Public Speaking have things in common. As

    a presenter you are a performer! • Tell a story • Make it personal • Make big gestures • Raise your hand, when asking questions • Exaggerate • Tell jokes (you don’t need to be a comedian)
  5. A well prepared presentation; is half of the work! •

    Preparation takes a lot of time. • Whether it’s a slidedeck or story: ◦ Think about the flow of your presentation. After All it’s storytelling. • Do a tech check, before you are speaking ◦ Check audio, Screen Resolution, Demos... Be prepared!
  6. • When you don’t know them, don’t assume they know

    everything. • Every topic you introduce, needs explanation. • Introducing new keywords, repeat them. • Start simple. Slowly go more advanced. Who is your audience?
  7. “Who does not know what traffic splitting is?” “Good, then

    I will skip that!” • Some people are shy. Some people are just not sure. • There’s a chance you lost some of the audience already in the beginning of your presentation. Don’t!
  8. “Traffic Splitting = Splitting traffic allows you to conduct A/B

    testing between your application versions and provides control over the pace when rolling out features.” • Instead of spending time in asking your audience, who doesn’t know this. You could have explained in 2 lines what it actually is. • People like confirmation. Even if the whole audience knows, they will be happy that you, as an expert, confirmed it. Do!
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  10. • Use Presenter Mode in Google Slides, Powerpoint, Keynote. •

    Don’t print whole books on slides. ◦ Use short sentences and bullets ◦ Pictures say more than words. • When showing code: ◦ Use short sentences ◦ Use line numbers ◦ Big font-size, system font ◦ Font colors (black on white) Slide decks
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  12. • Bring your own gear. ◦ Slidedeck, Charger, Clicker, HDMI/VGA

    adapters, Tethered Internet… • Prepare your demos. ◦ Run through it before your session. • Did you think about a fallback scenario? ◦ Often, at conferences internet/network connections are bad/slow. Demos
  13. I love building prototypes • Showing a prototype / demo,

    sets the stage • Product Demo: Your customers can see your product in action • Building prototypes go beyond “hello-world” • You can relate with your customer
  14. It’s a prototype! https://www.netflix.com/watch/80124515?t=1170

  15. • People are often shy. Ask again for questions. -

    followed up by an awkward pause. • Repeat the question, so everyone can hear • Be honest. If you don’t know the answer right away. Let’s talk afterwards. • Prepare a question, in case no questions are asked. “And now it’s time to take some questions...”
  16. Exercise

  17. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkFbmJSyuKk

  18. • Pick one of the random words: ◦ SPORT /

    VACATION / MY MISTAKE • Everyone get 10-15min to prepare, a story • Then each presenter gets 2 min, for their mini presentation. FORMAT: - WHO YOU ARE - STORY ABOUT THE RANDOM WORD - BUILD UP YOUR STORY - LANDING / CONCLUSION Let’s prepare panel presentations