The Linux Foundation
Collaboration Summit 2013
San Francisco, California
Give a Great Tech Talk
By Josh Berkus
"How was the presentation?" "It was ... um, OK. Kind of interesting."
Don't let the above be your talk! There's a lot more to doing a good talk than just knowing the code you're presenting. Join this tutorial to learn how to transform "um, OK" to "great!"
They wrote the code. It's an interesting project. They have plenty of slides. So why is the audience all doing their email? You've seen that speaker. Maybe you've been that speaker. But it doesn't have to be that way, and this tutorial can help. Presenting is a skill nobody is born with, but anyone can learn. The way to become a better presenter is through training, science, and practice. In this audience-participation tutorial, veteran conference presenter Josh Berkus will go over his tech talk advice in detail in order to help you improve your presentation skills, including:
Know your audience
How to prepare for a talk
Nobody cares about your slides...but make good ones anyway
The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective Speakers
Audience interaction 101
When your demo crashes
The audience outside the lecture hall
Common presentation issues and tips
If you have never attended a speaker training before, this tutorial will show you how much better your talks could be. And if you have attended one before, you might pick up a few tips and ideas.