The road to being a kick-ass public speaker

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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.

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The road to being a kick-ass public speaker

  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

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