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Preparing a talk: presenting

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I've given a number of talks, and over the years I've made the journey from completely unprepared to mostly knowing what I'm doing. After a lot of trial and error, I've settled into a routine that works for me. This has been the advice I've given to a number of folks who are looking to start speaking, or improve their existing technique.I'll break it down into three posts:Pre-workWritingPresenting (this one)PresentingThis is the fun part! You get to go enthuse about things that interest you -- and have people listen to you while you do it. It's a captive audience of people who are interested in what you have to say. Pretty cool.PracticingUnless you know your talk inside and out, and are experienced at extemporaneous speaking, you probably want to rehearse. The first few times through your talk, run through it by yourself. Some find it useful to record yourself and watch it afterwards, but I never could get past thoughts like "you should stand up straig…

Preparing a talk: writing your talk

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I've given a number of talks, and over the years I've made the journey from completely unprepared to mostly knowing what I'm doing. After a lot of trial and error, I've settled into a routine that works for me. This has been the advice I've given to a number of folks who are looking to start speaking, or improve their existing technique.I'll break it down into three posts:Pre-workWriting (this one)PresentingWritingEveryone's process differs for how they craft a talk. Some will think about it for months and then knock out the presentation in a couple of nights (or less). Some will set themselves a schedule. If you're a new speaker, I'd recommend setting yourself time on a regular basis to work on the talk, while you work out what kind of process works for you.ToolsHow are you going to present your talk? Unless you're going to draw everything on a whiteboard (not many people elect to do this), you're going to wind up using a bunch of different…