- Bottom Line Up Front. Don't save the big reveal for the end. Put it in early and then talk about it, justify, explain. If you build to a big reveal, it's got to be huge to overcome 55 minutes of boredom. By huge I mean, you better give me a car when you are done.
- Tell a story, don't write a book. Like the first point, we want stories but stories don't have to start at the beginning. Start at an exciting point.
- The description of the session cannot be specific and detailed enough. More info is always better. Type, level, experience, expertise, etc. Session description/delivery disconnect is a an absolute killer.
- Giveaways build goodwill. Giveaways exclusive to your session build more goodwill. Good giveaways build even more goodwill.
- Tactful honesty is the best approach to difficult subjects. Raw honesty is funnier but it can come back to bite you. Dishonesty will get you killed.
- Stephen Rose has a heck of stage presence.
- I love the idea of a track moderator who may or may not be a speaker. If a track is in the same spot all day the track moderator helps close out a session, open the next session and keep people on track, what's next, etc.
- Depending on the forum, be willing to toss the presentation.
- Be willing to tailor your presentation as much as you can. (See session description) If you walk into a room and find a majority of attendees are really advanced or really new to whatever you are talking about, adjust.
20 February 2013
I'm sitting at the Microsoft MVP Summit, one of the few conferences where I don't have to present. Sitting in the audience always triggers reminders for my presentations. I'm putting some thoughts here for me and maybe to help others.