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Present! A Techie's Guide to Public Speaking


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To grow your career, you know what you need to do: improve your public speaking skills.

Public speaking provides the visibility and professional credibility that helps you score the next big opportunity. But even more important is the fact that it transforms the way you communicate. Improved confidence and the ability to convey messages clearly will impact your relationships with your managers, coworkers, customers, industry peers, and even potential new hires.

In this one-hour presentation, Poornima Vijayashanker and Karen Catlin will cover the importance of speaking at conferences and events, along with strategies to get started. They'll share some favorite tips from their book "Present! A Techie's Guide to Public Speaking," along with some embarrassing stories that are just too good to keep to themselves.

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Present! A Techie's Guide to Public Speaking

  1. 1. Karen Catlin @kecatlin Poornima Vijayashanker @poornima
  2. 2. Agenda
  3. 3. Doors will open
  4. 4. Networking is easier
  5. 5. Helps with hiring
  6. 6. Stage Fright
  7. 7. Power Pose!
  8. 8. Meet & Greet
  9. 9. Meet & Greet Why would anyone care about what I have to say?
  10. 10. Experiences & PerspecFve
  11. 11. Fast-track their learning
  12. 12. Learn from failures
  13. 13. Inventory Method
  14. 14. Audience
  15. 15. Handling Q&A
  16. 16. Our worst talks ever
  17. 17. How I Used to Create Slides •  Open my company’s PowerPoint template •  Make an agenda slide •  For each major concept – Make a slide with the list of bullets for each point I wanted to make – I’d then edit words and & phrases to be shorter – Play with typeface size to get everything to fit •  My slides served as my crutch •  I’d read each point and not miss a thing Copyright 2016. The most innovaFve tech company on the planet.
  18. 18. Review