Advent speaker tips

Advent tips day 24

Alternative Presentation Software

Advent day 24: If you present using a slide deck, then you’ll no doubt have spent more than your fair share of time using software such as Microsoft Powerpoint or Apple Keynote. Both are very capable and reliable tools, and are never a bad choice. They’re not the only options available, however.

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Advent tips day 23

Getting Paid to Speak

Advent day 23: A post for people who speak professionally, or hope to do so. How and why should you ask for payment for your work?

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Advent tips day 22

Plan with Mind Maps

Advent day 22: I was first introduced to mind maps on one of those enforced team building workshop days with an old employer. At the time I was annoyed at being diverted from “real work” with all this silly nonsense, and promptly forgot all about them. It was only when sketching out ideas for a presentation that they came back to me. Could I have actually found a use for them after all?

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Advent tips day 21

Taking Care of Yourself on the Road

Advent day 21: If you speak at one or two conferences a year then this post is probably not for you. However if you speak at more than one a month, you can easily find yourself exhausted, unable to enjoy them or to do a good job with your talk. In order to survive, if speaking is going to be a big part of your life, you need to figure out how to look after yourself on the road.

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Write a Good Abstract

Advent day 20: One of the hardest parts of completing a call for papers submission is coming up with a good abstract for your presentation. But what should a good abstract include?

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Advent tips day 19

Recommended Books for Public Speakers

Advent day 19: There are many books on public speaking available, but which should you spend your Christmas Amazon voucher on? Here are some that I have learned from and would recommend.

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Embrace Video

Advent day 18: Possibly one of the biggest changes in how media is presented over the last 10 years has been the meteoric rise in ubiquitous video. Much of the western world now carries pocket devices that both record and playback video, and has the data bandwidth to be able to do so.

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Advent tips day 17

How to Find Ideas for Your Talks

Advent day 17: Sometimes there are things that you are simply burning to talk about, however if you are a frequent speaker, there will be days when you feel all out of ideas. In this post I’ll describe some of the ways I think up ideas for new presentations.

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Carry a Clicker

Advent day 16: Whether a presenter remote, or clicker, is provided by the presenter or by the event is sometimes a source of confusion. We’re talking the very lightest sort of not-that-big-a-deal confusion here, but you know, some confusion.

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How to Deal with Conference Q&A

Advent day 15: At some events, having given your talk, the floor will be turned over to the audience for questions. For many speakers this is the hardest part of the talk, and while I’m not really a fan of conference Q&A you can learn to deal with it, and at least not have it a a source of dread!

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