I really admire Ana’s honesty here in confronting her inner critic (who she calls “side B Ana”).
This is something I do in my presentations. I have speaker notes scattered throughout the slide deck with the “beats” of the talk—10 minutes, 20 minutes, etc.
If I hit one of those slides and I’m ahead of schedule, I can go on a few more tangents. If I hit one of those slides and I’m behind schedule, I can cut to the chase. Either way, having those decision points spread throughout the talk really helps to keep things smooth.
One thing that can really help in the delivery is knowing if you’re running fast or slow before you crash into the end of your talk. That way you can make adjustments as you go along by glossing over smaller points to speed up or expanding more on your ideas to slow down.
Brendan’s list of dos and don’ts (mostly don’ts) from his years of conference speaking.
Charlotte outlines the process she used in creating her talk at Dot York. It was a real joy to see it come together.
This looks like being a very handy book on public speaking. I’m going to order a copy for the Clearleft office. I’ll let you know what it’s like.
As a speaker and a conference organiser, I heartily concur with just about every item in this list.
I’ve seen Heiko present with this gizmo at Mobilism and it worked a treat. I’m very tempted to get one for future presentations.
Some good tips on public speaking from Dan.
Some good advice on preparing presentations.
Joe shares his experiences of public speaking. There's some great advice here.
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