Who attended it?
Why were you presenting?
What was it about?
How did you make your presentation?
I didn't feel comfortable in front of everyone.
I got feedback that I was "too technical".
I didn't have enough time to share my ideas.
My presentation just didn't look good.
Presentations let you share what you've done!
They can help you get visibility, get talent/resources, advocate for your interests, convince people to join your cause, and much more!
At its best, presentation is leadership.
There's a set of elements that make technical presentations highly effective.
Overlook any of these three, and your presentation won't be as effective as it should be.
How about the room?
Or the clock?
What kind of factors can make some people more important than others?
What's your objective?
How does your VIP help you get there?
What's their background?
“If you don’t know what you want to achieve in your presentation your audience never will.” - Harvey Diamond
This is a deceptively simple question, especially for engineers.
It's vast and it's got many different facets to it.
It's hard to comprehend without any context.
Your job is to plot a course across for your audience.
Your topic has layers of meaning, like an onion.
Different people have different layers of understanding.
What's the minimum context that people need to understand?
Technical problems (and solutions) are about "the pain".
"The pain" has many forms, but it often translates to schedule or cost impact.
What is the issue? What are its impacts?
Is there a solution? How well does it work?
What are future applications of your solution?
“There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.” – Dale Carnegie
Practice is important, but it can only get you so far.
What you might need is a paradigm shift.
You're having a conversation.
Conversations are much less stressful. (after all, you have them every day)
They imply a dialogue between you and the audience.
They allow for a great deal of flexibility.
People think in terms of stories, not facts.
The easiest way to start into a conversation is to tell a story.
“No one ever complains about a speech being too short!” – Ira Hayes
A framework for thinking about presentations.
Strategies for finding your VIPs.
Finding "the pain".
Reframing your presentations as conversations.