Now, let me be clear; there is no One True Path to success as a technical speaker. Each of us has both strengths to which we can play and weaknesses to be avoided. My tips may not work for everyone, and I ABSOLUTELY encourage everyone to chime in - not just here, but on their own blogs as well. (I would like to see the #SpeakerU hashtag, just so that folks can more easily find a range of voices on the topic...)
Having said that, here's what I'm going to write about over the next few months:
- Picking a topic
- Writing an abstract
- Outlining a presentation
- Creating slides
- What to do (and not to do) while speaking
- How to catch that person in the last row AND hold their attention
- ...and more.
Here's what I ask of you:
- If you're thinking about jumping into the pool - GREAT! It's an incredible experience, whether you're presenting at a small local meeting, a user group conference, or a major industry event. You won't regret it.
- If you're already an established speaker/presenter, I'd LOVE for you to post your own tips/tricks/techniques - write a blog entry, a series of tweets, I don't care...but it's time to start priming the next generation of speakers. Use the #SpeakerU hashtag when possible, so that folks can catch all of us in as few searches as possible.