Just blogging this for my own archives to read again in the future.
A few months ago an old friend had to give her first talk at a conference. Now, she used to do community theatre back when we were in school together, so she's no stranger to standing up in front of a bunch of people and acting goofy. However there are at least a few differences between Whose Line Is It Anyway? and delivering a technical talk. So I wrote up Eric's Advice For First-Time Technical Speakers.