*yes, that's the title.
This is a talk I gave at a tech group meetup to encourage others to give talks.
*yes, that’s the title
A talk on giving talks…
November 27th, 2013
Always introduce yourself
Know your subject
...and if you don’t know it, this is a good
chance to learn it!
Know your purpose
A short, focused talk is greater than an hour
Outline > Detail > Sequence
Start with the purpose, then fill in the
details. You can re-order it later.
Slide decks - the bane of audiences
Don’t be afraid to use them
...but don’t abuse them
We’ve all seen them. The walls of text or lists of bullets points
that the presenter proceeds to read verbatim in a monotone
voice at a much slower pace than the average person reads.
You’ve gotten to the end of the slide and they are still wrapping
up the first sentence. So now what? Listen attentively until they’
ve finished? Nope. Half the audience are pretending not to fall
asleep while the other half are on Twitter or watching that
hilarious cat video. You know, the one where it sneaks up on the
camera like a ninja. What do you mean you haven’t seen it?
Anyway, back to the talk. If by any chance they’re still engaged
at this point then you’re going to lose them with the next slide
which is … wait for it … another wall of text! Oh joy, oh rapture,
oh … look … it’s video of someone drunk playing Euro Truck
Simulator 2 with an Occulus Rift. I should share this with my all
Facebook m8tes… Oh, and if the audience is still reading this,
they’re not listening to you!
Slides should be brief
and to the point
The worlds most accurate pie chart
A good slide reinforces
what you are saying
but doesn’t distract the audience
But don’t rely on them
hardware failures, software failures, network failures,
presenter failures, audience failures, room failures,
Murphy’s law is alive and well
(and giving this talk)
Avoid stock templates
It’s easy to make your own
Backgrounds and images
(don’t forget attribution!)
This is using a stock layout, but thanks to
colours and fonts it doesn’t matter
Have multiple copies, in multiple formats,
and be prepared to not use slides at all
Enough about slides
Let’s talk about talking
Glossophobia or speech anxiety is the fear
of public speaking or of speaking in general.
The word glossophobia comes from the
Greek γλῶσσα glōssa, meaning tongue, and
φόβος phobos, fear or dread. ...
It can be overcome
Could you tell me how to
get to Carnegie Hall?
Talk to yourself
Talk to a mirror
Talk to others
Talk to the room
Talk to people
but still talk to the room!
Tell a story
If the audience is engaged, they will
Why is this talk called “To
It’s a reminder to not get hung up on the
title - just get out there and present!