“Imagine everyone naked” is terrible speaking advice

Tomorrow I’m giving a presentation on giving presentations. I’m following none of my own advice and haven’t practiced it anywhere enough! But I’m co-presenting with Chris Pitt, a brilliant developer and tech conference veteran, so I’m sure it will be great fun.

In our presentation we’re sharing practical advice about:

  • Submitting talks to conference organisers
  • Designing slides
  • Preparing a talk
  • Delivering a presentation

We won’t be sharing any cliches like “imagine everyone naked”!

Here’s two videos that we’ve referenced in our talk that are great for anyone wanting to become a better public speaker: 

1. Rails Conf 2013 How to Talk to Developers by Ben Orenstein

Ben brilliantly presents a number of lightening talks and then reflects on the techniques he uses in each to engage the audience. While the focus is developers speaking at tech conferences, it’s interesting for anyone wanting to speak publically.

2. TED – Your body language shapes who you are – Amy Cuddy

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

I’ll definitely being doing lots of power poses before the session tomorrow!

For those of you keeping track, this is also day 30 of my 30 day challenge!

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