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Learning to present and becoming good at it

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Have you been thinking about presenting at a user group? Are you being asked to present at your work? Is learning to present one of the keys to advancing your career? Or do you just think it would be fun to present but you are too nervous to try it? Well take the first step to becoming a presenter by attending this session and I will guide you through the process of learning to present and becoming good at it. It’s easier than you think! I am an introvert and was deathly afraid to speak in public. Now I love to present and it’s actually my main function in my job at Microsoft. I’ll share with you journey that lead me to speak at major conferences and the skills I learned along the way to become a good presenter and to get rid of the fear. You can do it!

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Learning to present and becoming good at it

  1. 1. James Serra Big Data Evangelist Microsoft JamesSerra3@gmail.com JamesSerra.com
  2. 2.  Microsoft, Big Data Evangelist  In IT for 30 years, worked on many BI and DW projects  Worked as desktop/web/database developer, DBA, BI and DW architect and developer, MDM architect, PDW/APS developer  Been perm employee, contractor, consultant, business owner  Presenter at PASS Business Analytics Conference, PASS Summit, Enterprise Data World conference  Certifications: MCSE: Data Platform, Business Intelligence; MS: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions, Design and Implement Big Data Analytics Solutions, Design and Implement Cloud Data Platform Solutions  Blog at JamesSerra.com  Former SQL Server MVP  Author of book “Reporting with Microsoft SQL Server 2012”
  3. 3. Agenda  Why present?  My history  Goal Setting  Always Be Thinking of Presentation Topics  Promote your presentation  Where to present?  Tips to getting your abstract chosen  Creating your presentation  Preparing for your presentation  Pre-presentation Tips  In-presentation Tips  Post-presentation Tips  Final thoughts
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  19. 19. • • The path to a great presenter starts with their first presentation • Have fun!
  20. 20. James Serra, Data Platform Solution Architect Email me at: JamesSerra3@gmail.com Follow me at: @JamesSerra Link to me at: www.linkedin.com/in/JamesSerra Visit my blog at: JamesSerra.com (where this slide deck is posted under “Presentations”)

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