Presentation Tips & Techniques - Speaker Camp, June 2013


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Overview of many different tips and techniques to help you perform at your best on stage. Being your best on stage requires a lot of preparation and planning and these tips and techniques are things I've learned, have heard from others, and hope they might be also useful to you.

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Presentation Tips & Techniques - Speaker Camp, June 2013

  1. 1. PresentationTips & TechniquesRuss Unger - @russu | GE Capital Americas
  2. 2. IIntroduction
  3. 3. Russ UngerWho Am I?GE Capital AmericasWhere Do I Work?Experience Design DirectorWhat Do I Do?Uh...
  4. 4. Who ReallyCares?Hint: Rhymes with “no one”
  5. 5. IIWhat I’m Goingto Tell You
  6. 6. • Preparation• Structure• Timing• Pre-Gaming• On Stage• Q & A• General NicetiesPresentation Tips & Techniques
  7. 7. IIIPreparation
  8. 8. • Tell ‘em• Tell ‘em• Tell ‘emWell, Maybe.But It’s a Good Place to Start.Structure
  9. 9. ImageSource©TimeInc.• Creation Hours• Slides Per Minute?• Minutes Per Slide?• Average adult attentionspan: 15-30 secondsTiming
  10. 10. Research Notes / Outline CardsSlides Practice
  11. 11. “Whitney HessI walk through each section, writing in any voice-over that I want tobe sure to hit into the Notes area for each slide.
  12. 12. • Buy a Good One!• Logitech RS800 is Jared Spool’s Current FavoriteThe Clicker Jared Spool 9000™
  13. 13. IVPre-Game
  14. 14. “Chris FaheyYou aren’t going to sleep the night before, so get plenty of sleepduring the week leading up to the night before.
  15. 15. • Easy on the caffeine• Light meals / snacks• Find your happy placeLight & Easy
  16. 16. “Jesse James GarrettHave something small to eat, not a full [meal] or anything heavy. Ifyou’re going to have coffee, do it well before you have to be onstage.
  17. 17. Case the Joint
  18. 18. “Alex DittmerI always go pee when they call “five minutes to places”. I’m not surehow I started that habit, but it seems to relax me.
  19. 19. “C.E. LaneIt seems like there’s some sort of inverse formula stating the harderyou are about to rock, the more silent you will become beforehand.Before the biggest solo show I ever played, I fell asleep under acard table.
  20. 20. VOn Stage
  21. 21. ImageSource©TimeInc.• Prepare!• Prepare!• Prepare!• Remember: You’re the Proand Authority on the Topic!Stage Fright!
  22. 22. “Eytan MirskyI try to do some [content] I am most comfortable with in thebeginning because I know that if/when those go well, I will becomemore relaxed.
  23. 23. “David ArmanoTry to focus your presentations on something you feel passionateabout. That’s one of the reasons my stage fright is pretty minimal.
  24. 24. Break the Ice
  25. 25. ImageSource©NathanaelBoehm“Scott BerkunIf you prepared correctly (meaning you practiced, have clear points,are enthusiastic about them, and understand why the audienceshowed up) you’ll look like a rock star.(On talking to a bored audience)
  26. 26. ImageSource©TimeInc.• Posture• Podium use / reliance• Mics - handhelds, lavalieres,and how to use them• Know your clicker• Don’t T-RexStage Presence
  27. 27. “1. Stand Tall2. Keep your head and eyes UP3. Smile4. Never retreat5. Move with purpose, energy & enthusiasm5 Tips for a Good Stage Presence
  28. 28. • Love it• Or Leave it• A story: How I Sucked.Enthusiasm! YEAH!
  29. 29. ImageSource©SouthParkDigitalStudiosLLC• Stand up• Sit down• I own youAuthoritah
  30. 30. ImageSource©TimeInc.• S l o w d o w n• Let people absorb your information• Don’t read your slides• Look at / face the audience• Kill the sarcasmPresenting
  31. 31. ImageSource:“Lee IacoccaYou can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get those ideas across,they don’t do anybody any good.
  32. 32. Perception of Spoken Message in Regards to Communicating Feeling & Attitudes015304560Words (7%) Voice (38%) Non-verbals (55%)5%95%Who uses the“Disabled” toiletSource: Monarth & Kase, “ﬔe Confident Speaker”Source: ﬔe InternetPeople Like Stats
  33. 33. • Quiet != Bad• Note takers (& Sketchers!)• The TwittersReading the CrowdImageSource©TimeInc.
  34. 34. • Diplomacy wins• YOU have the microphone• Be nice• Until you can’tHostiles & Haters
  35. 35. • Don’t make a scene• Find your bearings• If all else fails: be honest and forge onwardLosing Your FlowImageSource©TimeInc.
  36. 36. “Erik SoensA simple retort such as “Whew... that got away from me, let mereiterate” works just fine.
  37. 37. “Eytan MirskyMost times people are not as aware of any mistakes as you mightthink. They are not focusing on things the way you, as theperformer, are.
  38. 38. VIQ&A
  39. 39. • Repeat the question• IDK is OK (just follow-up)• Being wrong: also OK• Manage the questioneer• Get out of the way!Basics of Q&AImageSource©TimeInc.
  40. 40. VIIGeneral Niceties
  41. 41. ImageSource©TimeInc.• Organizing is hard work• Mistakes happen• Audience is there for you• Be classyAppreciation
  42. 42. VIIITake Aways(What I Told You)
  43. 43. • Preparation and Rehearsal are your best friends• Pre-Gaming rituals help you find your “A” game• Be aware of your stage presence• Find ways to engage your audience• S L O W D O W N• Don’t forget to think about Q & A• Be nice, be appreciative, stay classyPresentation Tips & Techniques
  44. 44. IXResources
  45. 45. Additional Resources
  46. 46. ImageSource©NathanaelBoehmQuotes / Interview ExpertsAlex Dittmer David Armano Scott Berkun Jesse James GarrettC.E. Lane Erik Soens Whitney Hess Chris Fahey Eytan Mirsky
  47. 47. XClosing Slide
  48. 48. Thank You!Thank the AudienceTitle of the PresentationYour Name / Twitter / Etc.Name of the EventHashtagPromotional Stuff About You (Employer, Affiliations, etc.)