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Explain your work! 5 public speaking skills you can learn now


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Presentation for High Ed Web conference, Oct. 17, 2016, Memphis.
Ever seen a blank look while you talked to your boss or a client about your project? Between coding and designing, we often use jargon that can make non-web people feel stupid. When we convey our ideas clearly, we can change our supervisors and customers from confused and disconnected to happy and supportive. Genevieve has been a member of Toastmasters International for more than four years and has been active in developing effective public speaking skills for more than ten. In this session you'll learn 5 concrete skills you can use immediately and other suggestions to keep building your career.

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Explain your work! 5 public speaking skills you can learn now

  1. 1. public speaking skills you can learn now Genevieve A. Howard, MEd @HowGen Explain your work!
  2. 2. “I can make a PDF.”
  3. 3. George Caleb Bingham - Stump Speaking (engraving, 1886)
  4. 4. •Mouth •Mind •Front of body •Lungs •Ears Photo by Aaron Pruzaniec (Flickr)
  5. 5. Open your mouth
  6. 6. “Can I muumuu my train prescription?” Photo by John Fowler
  7. 7. By Airman 1st Class Devin N. Boyer [Public domain]
  8. 8. How does it [your design, code, program, system, change, budget, research, discovery] affect people?
  9. 9. Open your mouth •Consider your audience •Get to the point •Use simple language Photo by Donarreiskoffer
  10. 10. Open your mind
  11. 11. Dealing with nerves •Practice your content •Practice your context •Practice your inner conversation
  12. 12. By Henry Bucklow/Lazy Photography (Sffubs) [CC BY-SA 3.0]
  13. 13. “Practice is the one habit that transforms a merely good presentation into a TED-worthy performance.” —Carmine Gallo
  14. 14. •Stories •Metaphors & similes (website is like a 🏠 house) •Visuals in your slides ( 🐶dogs & 🐎horses!) •Vivid, concrete words ( 🍗BBQ vs. truth) •Props Photo by Ben Chun [Flickr]
  15. 15. “Nervousness will improve my speaking.” User:Bubba73 [CC BY-SA 3.0]
  16. 16. Open your mind •Practice •Make your speech visual •Change your view on nerves By scanned by de:Benutzer:Summi - Friedrich Eduard Bilz (1842–1922): Das neue Naturheilverfahren (75. Jubiläumsausgabe), Public Domain
  17. 17. Open up (the front of your body)
  18. 18. “Cheat out”
  19. 19. Open up the front of your body •Avoid barriers •Build trust with your audience •Open hands, open torso Entrant to the Green Heart Schools public speaking competition, photo courtesy of Brisbane City Council
  20. 20. Open your lungs
  21. 21. String method
  22. 22. Avoid those bad elements named Uh, Ah and Um
  23. 23. Make friends with the pause (1,2,3 gather yourself) “This is what you need to know about us …(1,2,3 build suspense) We are cool web developers.” …(1,2,3 people can reflect on this important nugget)
  24. 24. Pace •Speed up •Slow down •Repeat yourself •Change your volume
  25. 25. Open your lungs •Breathe well to speak well •Make friends with the pause •Develop your sense of pacing
  26. 26. Open your ears
  27. 27. By Kirill Kniazev (Flickr)
  28. 28. By Daisuke Tashiro (Flickr)
  29. 29. “This website is horrible.”
  30. 30. •Video yourself •Focus on your listeners •Hear deeper meanings Be like Mufasa!
  31. 31. In conclusion: your homework! Write down: •Mouth •Mind •Front of body •Lungs •Ears Extra credit: consider joining Toastmasters or form a practice group!
  32. 32. “I can make a PDF.”
  33. 33. Open doors
  34. 34. Let me know how you use this! Genevieve A. Howard @HowGen
  35. 35. Sources Books • Quiet by Susan Cain • Talk like Ted by Carmine Gallo Articles • The One Habit That Brilliant TED Speakers Practice Up To 200 Times by Carmine Gallo, Forbes • How the Power of Expectations Can Allow You to 'Bend Reality' by Gareth Cook, Scientific American • 9 Speaking Habits That Make You Sound Smarter by Geoffrey James, Inc. • Mastering The Fine Art Of Getting To The Point by Joe McCormack, Fast Company • What to do with your hands when speaking in public, By Jena McGregor & Shelly Tan, Washington Post