My presentation today

This morning I presented at a community review for my manager, my second level, my third level, and my fourth level (one of the MS VPs). The review is about how our division is doing on community overall, and I owned talking about some of the things that we've been doing on the C# side (blogging, FAQ, etc.)

I was a bit nervous when I was on the way to the presentation, but I've found that if I do good walkthroughs ahead of time, once I start presenting, I'm focused on the presentation and I don't even think about being nervous.

Of course, the 8 hours I spent on writing slides and practicing helped.

So my guidance is

Never present in front of an important group of people without having practiced your talk at least twice.

Comments (6)

  1. You mean going through it verbally for the first time on the way to the meeting while driving down the highway isn’t a good idea? Oh yah, I learned from that one! 😛

    Cool post! 🙂

  2. I don’t know – I actually never rehearse a talk verbally. However, I do bits of it in my head alot – subject transitions, possible jokes (yes, my jokes aren’t always spontaneous 😉 ), etc. i also rehearse, in my head, questions and answers – although that rarely captures more than a few real questions it makes me think about the audience I’m teaching/presenting to in a concrete way.

    I know other DevelopMentor instructors do teach the course to a wall in private – but it just isn’t something that works for me. The main thing about presentation prep is, from my experience, do what you need to do to feel comfortable about the subject – the audience always feels similar once you start "performing".

  3. Adam says:

    I try to do the presentation at least twice to a blank wall — basically to nobody.

    The first time through i’m trying to figure out how i’m going to talk to the slides and fix any remaining slide problems. You can make a great slide that will trip you up in a presentation.

    Second run through is about flow and connecting everything together more seemlessly.

    You also have to imagine the questions.

    I like the blank wall because its a terribly unresponsive audience e.g. a low bar that will be exceeded during the real presentation

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  5. MBA says:

    Helpful For MBA Fans.

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