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11 Ideas – How To Give A Great Speech

Posted in ideas, your take on... by aldorf on August 19, 2010
Audience during my Wikimania talk

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(via Bolt|Peters)

1) Start on time and finish early. It shows respect for peoples time.

2) Skip long introductions. If you like to give contextual background information, do it at the relevant part of your talk.

3) No intro slides at all. It feels wrong but it works great.

4) Before you even say hello, give your audience something of value. A nugget of information.

5) Don’t sacrifice content for jokes or funny slides. It’s the real meat of your presentation.

6) Don’t dumb down information. Your audience is not stupid.

7) Reference specific work examples.

8) Do not make any editorial notes during your talk (“sorry, this slide is hard to read”). Avoid editorializing. It just takes focus away from the content and will interrupt peoples experience.

9) Avoid phrases like “…more in detail later”. It pulls the audience right out of the talk. And the current becomes less interesting and important. Another form of editorializing.

10) Stories make great talks. If something is boring content, build a story around it.

11) Stop anticipating questions your audience might have. Leave it to the Q&A. Don’t include answers in your presentation already.

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