This is a great talk on how to give engaging tech talks. Ben Orenstein demonstrates how to engage your audience through a series of lightning talks.
It is more important to be entertaining than informative. You want people to enjoy and remember your talk.
He gives tons of tips-
- Hit people with the thesis right away
- Throw something weird at them
- Good default language for talks (hold your hands out, rather than crossing your arms)
- To reduce anxiety in advance, practice "power poses" in advance - acting confident makes you feel confident.
- To work with anxiety during the delivery, scan for a "nodder" in the audience and make eye contact periodically - pretend you're giving the talk to this person
- Good information with unenthusiastic delivery bores people - pick topics you care about
- Avoid - "Sorry you can't see this from the back" - check the slides from the back of the room in advance
- Don't apologize in advance to set expectations low
- Don't be afraid of dead sound - if you ask for questions, people need a few seconds to think
- Take a listening pose while waiting for questions
- Speaking in a small, but packed room is high energy compared, but a big room that is half full will feel low energy
Have you found any tips that improved your talks?