OK, I know that a lot of you know where I was this week… yes, the MVP Summit. I absolutely love getting together with so many friends that I don't regularly see… This is by far, my favorite part about this annual event. Yes, I know I get access to cool information about upcoming technologies but after 20 years of this (remember, I started when I was 2 :)), I've also learned that a lot changes and so I no longer spend a ton of time learning all about early betas. Having said that, I am pretty excited about SQL Server Denali. I've already started to dive into Denali and I'm even more interested in upcoming features. But, things can still change and so I'm not betting the farm on what I see.
Having said that, one thing did surprise me this week. A few of the sessions had slide decks where a horrible "event" template was applied. I don't directly blame a lot of these presenters because they're just not regular speakers at events. Many of these folks are developers and program managers on the team and so they haven't all been burned by "slide management" teams (like I have) and so many didn't even think to review their reviewed/tweaked decks. As a result, a few slides ended up with some bad color choices. From what I was told, somewhere a template was applied and somewhere whites turned into blacks (or similar dark colors) and the next thing we know, there are some VERY hard to read slides. And, because the content is the most important to me, well, I'm still happy.
However, I decided to put together a short (and fun) slide deck with a few tips and tricks that I've learned over the years. I even accepted a few tweets about other snafus during presenting (again, mostly related to slide deck no-nos) and added a few of them here. Feel free to comment about other things you've seen, learned and now do differently/better! I'd love to hear more!!!
So, without further ado, here's the deck titled: How to make the audience turn on you… FAST!
(with a subtitle of: kind of like the cougar in Ricky Bobby’s car… but worse!)
In addition to all of the tips/tricks for making presentations better (or worse :)), here are some additional and VERY helpful links to help you create a better presentation AND become a better presenter!
Paul Randal’s Public Speaking: A Primer
Kimberly Tripp’s Getting started in speaking publicly – clear and concise presentations
Scott Hanselman’s Tips for a Successful MSFT Presentation
Brent Ozar’s How to Deliver a Killer Technical Presentation
Greg Low’s series: Presenting at Large Events (Lessons Learned)
Kendra Little’s What’s in a Name? Guidelines for Presentation Titles
Paul Randal’s Configuring SSMS for presenting
But wait, there's more!
David Platt's Missing the (Power) Point
Presentation Zen's The need for participation, compassion, & community in the classroom (and lecture hall)
Am I missing any resources that you think are/were helpful? Shoot me an email with the links!
Good luck and have fun!