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The road to being a
kick-ass public speaker.




     Chris Heilmann, Mozilla All-Hands, April 2011, Mountain View.
Geeks are not speakers?
This breeds a lot of
misunderstandings as to
how to present.
Geeks *are* awesome
presenters - if they
understand that they
need to present.
It is a slight shift in our
perception of what we
want to achieve.
Instead of showing off
what you know your task
is to inspire people to
want to know more.
Step 1: Preparation
CYA
Forget the presentation,
do your homework.
Find something that
excites you!
Prepare a doggy bag.
Think of the audience.
Point to the obvious.
Find something that is
not obvious to
concentrate on.
Have a story.
Piggy back on something
current.
Share information from
the trenches.
Have fun - be
unpredictable!
Spread out and back up.
Step 2: Delivery
Get into the
right mindset.
Some delivery tips...
Say “hi” and tell them
what’s coming.
Be yourself!
Pace yourself.
Do not try to gloss over
issues.
Speak clearly and use
simple language.
Roam the audience...
Your slides are your
backdrop.
You are the
transmitter,
not your
slides.
Screencasts are the safer
live demos.
Cite and give credit.
Get simple participation.
Don’t answer your own
questions.
Deal with failure quickly
and honestly.
Rinse and repeat.
Step 3: Feedback
Ask people for feedback.
Advertise your
availability.
Own the Q&A.
Quick tip about “Clever
Trevors”
Step 4: Follow-up
Share your materials.
Answer emails and
convert business cards.
Write a post about your
feelings and impressions.
Be your own judge.




    http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Godspeed - go kick some ass!




Still waiting for the closed
technology revolution
Thanks!
Chris Heilmann
    @codepo8
#html5/freenet

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