I learnt so much though Damien’s mentoring, and the discussions with the other participants.
I’ve collated all my notes, which are available in full. Alternatively, I have listed below the “TL;DR” below.
- You are the post powerful person in the room. Do what you like, as long as it's good. - You know more than the rest of your audience. Teach them something. - Don't distract your audience - wear dark clothes, no words on your shirt. Focus then falls on your hands, arms and face - remove items, where possible. Clocks near projector screens are a disaster - Get a clicker - get one with a dongle and dedicated channel. - you cannot rely on the internet working, or a directional clicker - There is nothing wrong with showing emotion - communication happens at a emotional and intellectual level - removing emotion cuts off communication - Slides tips - make them consistent - make the tone in line with your tone (more emotive slides during more emotive areas) - big words - full screen pictures - projector equipment will be awful, compensate - Posture tips - feet facing the audience, perhaps with one foot slightly forward - hands should never touch body - palms should face outward, and be inviting - Presenter presentation - make-up is ok, if it makes you comfortable and confident (also helpful if talk is recorded) - hair - up is very formal, but just don't touch it during - There is always more to learn - after a talk, self evaluate, write down suggestions