How to be the best at the worst talk ever


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I went to Australia to give a talk on Drupal. My talk didn't go well. Afterward, I thought about everything I had done wrong, and pondered what I could do to make it worse. I presented this talk at the 2011 Drupal Con Chicago in Ignite format.

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  • How to be the best at the worst talk ever

    1. 1. I gave a talk<br />
    2. 2. It was bad<br />
    3. 3. Offend the audience<br />
    4. 4. Don’t talk about whatpeople want to hear<br />
    5. 5. Don’t talk about what people think you’re talking about<br />
    6. 6. Have a slide with wordsThey’ll read the wordsThey’ll read the words and stop listening to meHey, pay attention to me!<br />
    7. 7. Use a really unpopular fontmake it small<br />
    8. 8.
    9. 9. Have an incredibly annoying tic<br />
    10. 10. Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.Also known as TOO MUCH CONTENT forcing you to speak quickly. Far too quickly.<br />
    11. 11. Turn away from the audienceYou know, to read this slide.To you.Out loud.Because you can’t read it.<br />
    12. 12.
    13. 13. Draw a blank<br />
    14. 14. Ask a rhetorical question<br />
    15. 15. Ignore your speaking style<br />
    16. 16. Have a death grip<br />
    17. 17. Abuse the microphone<br />
    18. 18. Don’t practice!<br />
    19. 19. Run out of time<br />
    20. 20. Phew!<br />