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WTM Amsterdam - Public Speaking

WTM Amsterdam - Public Speaking

WTM Amsterdam - Public Speaking

Lee Boonstra

May 08, 2018
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  1. Becoming a confident public speaker
    Lee Boonstra, Customer Engineer Google Cloud
    [email protected]
    @ladysign
    http://www.leeboonstra.com

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  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

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  3. I also practice theatre...

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  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)

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  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!

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  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?

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  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!

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  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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  9. ● 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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  10. ● 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

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  11. 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

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  12. It’s a prototype!
    https://www.netflix.com/watch/80124515?t=1170

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  13. ● 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...”

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

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  15. ● 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

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