Presenting: structure story and support

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Conference presentations are the moment to share your results, and to connect with researchers about future directions. However, presentations are often created as an afterthought and as a result they are often not as exciting as they could be. In this slidedeck Felienne Hermans shares hands-on techniques to engage an audience. The talk covers the entire spectrum of presenting: we start with advice on how to structure a talk and how to incorporate a core message into it. Once we have addressed the right structure for a talk, we will work on adding stories and arcs of tension to your presentation. Finally, to really perform as a presenter, we will talk about how slide design and body language can support your presentation.

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  • Presenting Structure, story and support I am Felienne Feedback welcome! @felienne mail@felienne.com
  • Presenting Structure, story and support I am Felienne Feedback welcome! @felienne mail@felienne.com Hi! In this slide deck, Ill share three ways to impove your presentation skills: Structure Stories Support
  • Presenting Structure, story and support I am Felienne Feedback welcome! @felienne mail@felienne.com Hi! In this slide deck, Ill share three ways to impove your presentation skills: Structure Stories Support But first of all? Why would you want to be a better presenter?
  • First of all, to increase your impact. This guy is famous Dutch scientist Robbert Dijkgraaf and he has a law for scientific impact.
  • First of all, to increase your impact. This guy is famous Dutch scientist Robbert Dijkgraaf and he has a law for scientific impact. Knowledge = Information * Audience
  • First of all, to increase your impact. This guy is famous Dutch scientist Robbert Dijkgraaf and he has a law for scientific impact. Knowledge = Information * Audience So if you want your ideas to spread, make sure you have a big audience that is actually getting it.
  • If you dont care about spreading your knowledge, you can improve your public speaking skills for you.
  • If you dont care about spreading your knowledge, you can improve your public speaking skills for you. Fear of public speaking is the second most common fear, second only to snakes. If you become a better presenter (for example by following my tips) youll be more relaxed and less scared!
  • The good thing is that there is really only 1 rule to presenting. I know there are loads of lists like the n tips for presenting like awesome person y But in my book, there is just 1 rule. Ready for it?
  • Dont lose your audience
  • Easy, right? The only thing you need to do is get your audience from the beginning to the end of your talk, without them being tempted to fall asleep/look out of the window/check their email. Dont lose your audience
  • When preparing many presenters (myself included) think about themselves first: What do I want to share? What will people think about me? To make a great presentation, think about the audience first. What do they already know, what do they like or hate. And most important, what tools will I use to get them through my talk. This presentation gives you tools for achieving this. Dont lose your audience
  • Another way of putting this is you have to minimize exit moments, moments where the audience might drop out. Next time when you are at a conference and you feel tempted to stop paying attention, try to figure out why. Did you miss the why, was the speaker monotonous? Recognizing exit moments in others will help you prevent creating them yourselves.
  • Dont lose your audience In the remainder of this presentation, Ill share three techniques you can use to not lose the audience.
  • Dont lose your audience 1) Right structure
  • Dont lose your audience Ever sat in a presentation where you where like why is he/she telling me this or where is this going? And not in the good movie arc of tension style? That is the sign of a badly structured presentation. 1) Right structure
  • Dont lose your audience Energy spent on trying to follow you is not spent on listening to your message Ever sat in a presentation where you where like why is he/she telling me this or where is this going? And not in the good movie arc of tension style? That is the sign of a badly structured presentation. 1) Right structure
  • Structure gets your audience from A to B
  • Structure gets your audience from A to B
  • Successful presenting is constantly answering the questions the audience has in mind Stolen from this book -> Its my favorite
  • Successful presenting is constantly answering the questions the audience has in mind In other words, you are having a CONVERSATION
  • What people think about when they prepare a talk
  • What you should think about when preparing a talk
  • What you should think about when preparing a talk Most conversations do not go like this.
  • What kind of work do you do?
  • What kind of work do you do? First I will tell you how local government works in the US Then I will elaborate on the position of city treasurer Finally, I will tell you about some legal troubles I am currently facing.
  • First I will tell you how local government works in the US Then I will elaborate on the position of city treasurer Finally, I will tell you about some legal troubles I am currently facing. Most conversations do not go like this, because it sounds crazy.
  • First I will tell you how local government works in the US Then I will elaborate on the position of city treasurer Finally, I will tell you about some legal troubles I am currently facing. Most conversations do not go like this, because it sounds crazy. So please no more outlines (or as one of my colleagues calls it the zone outline) Dont waste time and scare people off with meta-remarks.
  • Think about conversation if you structure a presentation
  • Some ideas So, if I dont start with an intro, how shall I start then?
  • Some ideas Start with the end 40% more performance
  • Some ideas Start with how We spoke with the lead dev Start with the end 40% more performance
  • Some ideas Start with how We spoke with the lead dev Start with why Building a web API is hard Start with the end 40% more performance
  • In any case
  • Dont copy the paper
  • Dont lose your audience 1) Right structure
  • Dont lose your audience 1) Right structure 2) Adding stories
  • Successful presenting is constantly answering the questions the audience has in mind
  • So how do you get the questions in? Successful presenting is constantly answering the questions the audience has in mind
  • Stories
  • Stories Of an average presentation, how much is remembered after 3 months?
  • Stories 5% Of an average presentation, how much is remembered after 3 months?
  • Adding visuals and storyline increases this to
  • Adding visuals and storyline increases this to 60%
  • Yes... but... Now, you are like yes, but my topic is so boring, I cannot not possibly add cool stories You were thinking that, right? Sure, my topic is
  • Spreadsheets!
  • Spreadsheets! What is more boring than a spreadsheet? Exactly. If I can do it, so can you! (Curious how I work stories in my talks? Have a look at this one)
  • Spreadsheets! What is more boring than a spreadsheet? Exactly. If I can do it, so can you! I am going to presume you like your topic. So there must be a cool story there. How did you start it? Did you manage to screw up big time once? Stories like that stick.
  • A good story Theres a great book on stories that stick, I highly recommend it.
  • A good story S Simple U Un