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Introductory talk to a series of talks and trainings in Mozilla on public speaking. How to get around stage fright, how to write presentations and so on.

Introductory talk to a series of talks and trainings in Mozilla on public speaking. How to get around stage fright, how to write presentations and so on.

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  • 1. The road to being akick-ass public speaker. Chris Heilmann, Mozilla All-Hands, April 2011, Mountain View.
  • 2. Geeks are not speakers?
  • 3. This breeds a lot ofmisunderstandings as tohow to present.
  • 4. Geeks *are* awesomepresenters - if theyunderstand that theyneed to present.
  • 5. It is a slight shift in ourperception of what wewant to achieve.
  • 6. Instead of showing offwhat you know your taskis to inspire people towant to know more.
  • 7. Step 1: Preparation
  • 8. CYA
  • 9. Forget the presentation,do your homework.
  • 10. Find something thatexcites you!
  • 11. Prepare a doggy bag.
  • 12. Think of the audience.
  • 13. Point to the obvious.
  • 14. Find something that isnot obvious toconcentrate on.
  • 15. Have a story.
  • 16. Piggy back on somethingcurrent.
  • 17. Share information fromthe trenches.
  • 18. Have fun - beunpredictable!
  • 19. Spread out and back up.
  • 20. Step 2: Delivery
  • 21. Get into theright mindset.
  • 22. Some delivery tips...
  • 23. Say “hi” and tell themwhat’s coming.
  • 24. Be yourself!
  • 25. Pace yourself.
  • 26. Do not try to gloss overissues.
  • 27. Speak clearly and usesimple language.
  • 28. Roam the audience...
  • 29. Your slides are yourbackdrop.
  • 30. You are thetransmitter,not yourslides.
  • 31. Screencasts are the saferlive demos.
  • 32. Cite and give credit.
  • 33. Get simple participation.
  • 34. Don’t answer your ownquestions.
  • 35. Deal with failure quicklyand honestly.
  • 36. Rinse and repeat.
  • 37. Step 3: Feedback
  • 38. Ask people for feedback.
  • 39. Advertise youravailability.
  • 40. Own the Q&A.
  • 41. Quick tip about “CleverTrevors”
  • 42. Step 4: Follow-up
  • 43. Share your materials.
  • 44. Answer emails andconvert business cards.
  • 45. Write a post about yourfeelings and impressions.
  • 46. Be your own judge. http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
  • 47. Godspeed - go kick some ass!Still waiting for the closedtechnology revolution
  • 48. Thanks!Chris Heilmann @codepo8#html5/freenet