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Give A Talk!

October 16, 2014

Give A Talk!

Given at WordPress 518; a talk encouraging folks to embrace public speaking, how to do so, and why.


October 16, 2014

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  3. Why - SAO selfish: I don’t want to make the

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  4. How a man a plan a canal Panama  I’ll

    have a Page on my site with all of them in one place for you. ! - Planning and Practice - Planning Remember: a man, a plan, a canal, Panama. It’s a palindrome, and it looks the same forward and backward. This is how a good talk looks, too. Say what you’re going to say, say it, then say what you’ve said. Open and close with you and your personal details. Pick a topic, sit down with a piece of paper. Write your topic at the top. This is just for show. Under the topic, write “Intro” You have the first minute of your talk done already. Wasn’t that easy? Figure out the major take-home point of your talk. Just one. Your Big Point. Write that under “Intro” What are the Big Pieces that make your take-home point important? No more than five, no less than three. Write them, one on each line, under your take-home point. Write the take-home point again. Write Intro again. Let’s look at an example.
  5. Give a Talk ! Intro You should give a talk.

    There are simple steps to completion It’s good for me It’s good for you You should give a talk Intro ! These are the bones of your talk Some will get more or less attention Everything should point back to your Big Point Once you have your bones down, it’s a matter of building your slides Lots of opinions on slides: I prefer simplicity ! Intro: use this to introduce yourself and your topic and lend credence to you -Be honest - if you’re a beginner, make it your strength “As a beginner, here are the roadblocks to entry today.” If you’re experienced, mention that too. Big Point: this is what you are hoping will motivate your audience to action. - After the Big Point, you’ll want to present and support your premises - Ideally your premises will lead to your Big Point, and help to motivate your audience - Practice This is the part folks often leave out Can’t overstate how helpful practice is Practice in front of a friend If you don’t have a friend, tape it, put it on YouTube, and I’ll be your friend :) - SUBMIT!