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IRL: How Geeks Undermine Their Presentations & Conversations With Body Language

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Watching my peers and staff speak and work with clients for many years, I have realized that many geeks are uncomfortable interacting IRL. But, you don’t have to be. There are some simple physical …

Watching my peers and staff speak and work with clients for many years, I have realized that many geeks are uncomfortable interacting IRL. But, you don’t have to be. There are some simple physical tricks to keeping an audience (of 1 or 1k) engaged and not undermining your skills and yourself. I’m going to talk about positioning of the body, head and hands in relation to the people you’re interacting with, in relation to the room, and in relation to yourself. I’ll outline some best practices, some behaviors to watch for in you, and even some things that you can watch for in other people.


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  • 1. IRL   (how  geeks  undermine  their  presenta6ons   and  conversa6ons  with  body  language)      sarah  novotny  –   www.BlueGecko.net  sarah@bluegecko.net      evangelist  open  databases  
  • 2. www.BlueGecko.net
  • 3. not talking about preparation subject area slides (much) www.BlueGecko.net
  • 4. ① the  audience  ② you  ③ panache  ④ posi6ons  of  power         www.BlueGecko.net
  • 5. ① the  audience       www.BlueGecko.net
  • 6. what about trolls?www.BlueGecko.net
  • 7. www.BlueGecko.net
  • 8. the audience wants to succeed www.BlueGecko.net
  • 9. the audience wants to learn www.BlueGecko.net
  • 10. www.BlueGecko.net
  • 11. ① the  audience       www.BlueGecko.net
  • 12. www.BlueGecko.net
  • 13. ②   you   www.BlueGecko.net
  • 14. www.BlueGecko.net
  • 15.       www.BlueGecko.net
  • 16. www.BlueGecko.net
  • 17. www.BlueGecko.net
  • 18. www.BlueGecko.net
  • 19. www.BlueGecko.net
  • 20. ③ panache   www.BlueGecko.net
  • 21. still geek,just a bit morepolish
  • 22. No more by powerpoint www.BlueGecko.net
  • 23. post perfect society www.BlueGecko.net
  • 24. be www.BlueGecko.net
  • 25. ②   you   (only, bigger) be www.BlueGecko.net
  • 26. ④ posi6ons  of  power   www.BlueGecko.net
  • 27. what’s wrong withthis picture? www.BlueGecko.net
  • 28. why don’t i trust her expertise? www.BlueGecko.net
  • 29. what does his body say? www.BlueGecko.net
  • 30. stuff  I  do   OSCON   Blue  Gecko     Chef  Community   MySQL  Community       sarah.novotny@gmail.com   @sarahnovotny