Presentation Preparation

So, the SQL Saturday San Diego speaker dinner just wrapped up. Margaritas prior to a presentation, always a good idea, right?

Good news: the demo code works
Better news: we’re in San Diego
Even Better news: we get to meet old friends and make new ones
Best news: all of this help and learning is nearly free (travel expenses only)

Rather than bore you with rambling details about…. oh, already am. Whoops!!

Here’s the bottom line. If you’re going to present information to an audience in any educational setting, there is one big thing you can do to make life easier for you and more effective for the audience: know what you’re talking about.

No, I don’t mean you should know the name of the presentation. You should know the information so well that you don’t need to read from slides or can’t answer questions. The whole idea is to turn it into a conversation, not a “class”. For a technical topic, you describe a problem, then demonstrate/describe a solution. Simple, right?

The key is to make it so that the audience follows you on a journey where you are the guide. Who cares if you know your stuff? That’s why you get paid to do your day job. Don’t try to impress the audience with what you know. Impress them with what you can do to help them. Who knows, maybe you’ll even inspire them to become guides themselves.

Well, I’m in the lead-off spot tomorrow morning, so it’s time to hit the sack and I’ll see y’all cloudy & early-ish.

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