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Uhms and Bunny Hands: Tips for Improving Your Presentation Skills (SQLSaturday Oregon 2018)

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Uhms and Bunny Hands: Tips for Improving Your Presentation Skills (Presented at SQLSaturday Oregon on November 3rd, 2018)

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Uhms and Bunny Hands: Tips for Improving Your Presentation Skills (SQLSaturday Oregon 2018)

  1. 1. Uhms and Bunny Hands: Tips for Improving Your Presentation Skills Cathrine Wilhelmsen SQLSaturday Oregon · November 3rd 2018
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  3. 3. © 2018 Cathrine Wilhelmsen (hi@cathrinew.net) Session Description Are you considering becoming a speaker, but feel nervous about getting on stage for the first time? Have you already presented a few sessions and want advice on how to improve? Do you learn more from seeing examples of what you should NOT do during a presentation instead of reading a list of bullet points on how to become a better speaker? Don't worry! I have made plenty of presentation mistakes over the years so you won't have to :) In this session, we will go through common presentation mistakes and how you can avoid them, as well as how you can prepare for those dreaded worst-case scenarios. Don't let those "uhms" and "uhhs" dominate your presentation, help the audience focus on the key message you're delivering instead of making them read a wall of text in your slides, recover gracefully from any demo failures, and stop distracting your attendees with floppy bunny hands. All it takes is a little preparation and practice. You can do this!
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  6. 6. Person
  7. 7. Make Eye Contact
  8. 8. Look Around People, screen, computer, shoes?
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  10. 10. Be Enthusiastic
  11. 11. Be You Personality, experiences, stories
  12. 12. Speak Clearly
  13. 13. Filler Words Uhm, uhh, like, so, ok, so, uhm, yeah
  14. 14. Voice Variation Monotone, monotone, monotone
  15. 15. Breathe
  16. 16. Words per Minute ItIsEasyToSpeakTooFastWhenYouAreNervous
  17. 17. Stand Tall
  18. 18. Common Poses Floppy bunny, soldier, wonder woman?
  19. 19. Gesture Intentionally
  20. 20. Mirroring Left to right or right to left?
  21. 21. Pointing Don't turn away from the audience
  22. 22. Move Consciously
  23. 23. Fidgeting Drying palms, scratching, flipping hair
  24. 24. Pacing Walk, turn, walk, turn, walk
  25. 25. © 2018 Cathrine Wilhelmsen (hi@cathrinew.net) 1. Make Eye Contact 2. Be Enthusiastic 3. Speak Clearly 4. Breathe 5. Stand Tall 6. Gesture Intentionally 7. Move Consciously
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  27. 27. Props
  28. 28. Slide Deck
  29. 29. Wall of Text Should I listen or read the slide?
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  31. 31. Fonts and Colors *squint*
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  33. 33. No Pointers Is this section 4 or 7?
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  35. 35. Too Many Things What am I supposed to look at?
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  39. 39. No Visualizations I read the words, but I don't get it
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  42. 42. Demos
  43. 43. Font Size 8 *squint*
  44. 44. Scrolling Too Fast *whoosh*
  45. 45. Talking to the Screen Hello?
  46. 46. Not Talking At All Hello?
  47. 47. No Explanation Wait, what?
  48. 48. DEMO Demo of Demos
  49. 49. © 2018 Cathrine Wilhelmsen (hi@cathrinew.net) 1. Keep it Simple 2. Visualize Content 3. Help Focus 4. Explain Steps
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  51. 51. Performance
  52. 52. Preparation
  53. 53. Timebox Cheat sheet and stopwatch
  54. 54. Rehearse Memorize first and last 5 minutes
  55. 55. Know Your Audience Be aware of jokes, phrases, and words
  56. 56. Ask a Friend Get feedback and support
  57. 57. Delivery Mistakes
  58. 58. Expectations "I'm not an expert…"
  59. 59. Apologizing "Sorry…"
  60. 60. Poor Timing "I'll just skip over these last forty slides…"
  61. 61. Weak Ending "Five minutes left… any questions?"
  62. 62. Common Fears
  63. 63. I forgot what to say! Just keep going
  64. 64. I don't know! Never pretend you do
  65. 65. My demo failed! Have a backup plan
  66. 66. No one showed up! It happens :(
  67. 67. Follow-Ups
  68. 68. Questions Ask attendees to e-mail you
  69. 69. Blog Publish answers to questions
  70. 70. Share Content Link to slides and demos
  71. 71. Feedback Focus on what's actionable
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  73. 73. Celebrate!
  74. 74. © 2018 Cathrine Wilhelmsen (hi@cathrinew.net) Improve one thing each time you present
  75. 75. There is only one you :)
  76. 76. © 2018 Cathrine Wilhelmsen (hi@cathrinew.net) @cathrinew cathrinew.net hi@cathrinew.net Thank you! cathrinew.net

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