This post would've come in handy 2 weeks ago when I did my first tech talk on the dev week held by the company I'm working in. I also did it as a way to get out of my comfort zone and because It's free! hehe. I might have changed the info on the slides too many times! but then I only had 15 min so I had to cut out a lot of stuff (and left some gifs e_e)
Congratulations on giving it a go, that’s awesome.
I struggled with the slides too. I cut back from 40+ which seemed a little crazy
Hahaha funny thing is I was getting a little too perfectionist with the slides and at the end, everyone thought they were great... lol
I'm giving my first talk to a technical audience in a few weeks, so I really appreciated the timeliness of this post. Lots of great advice here that I hope I remember when I start working on putting my talk together.
That’s exciting! If you’d like a second pair of eyes across it I’d be happy to help 😊
What a coincidence in timing I had my own article Tech Talk advice.
I'll be sure to cross-link yours.
Question: what do I need to keep in mind giving talk on a mic vs giving talk with voice power?
If you are using a mic make sure you are holding it up near your mouth and not down by your chest.
If you are using your voice try to be a little louder than you think you need to be so the people at the back can hear. Take more pauses to give your voice a rest 😊
Thanks for the suggestions, will keep those in mind.
Well done Helen. I have a " giving my first tech talk at a meetup " in my new year resolution and even though i havent got anything planned yet i am already super anxious... :-)
I think the most important thing to remember is the audience wants you to succeed. No one is there to judge you 😊
Giving a talk tonight, thanks for this timely post. This is solid
Awesome, hope it goes well :)
Every after speaking session, I will review myself that which area I need to improve. Always remember, create the video for Demo if the Demo can't work in that day.
I like this "count to 3" trick. I should start practicing it. I get excited and just slam right into the next topic.
Me too! and if I'm too nervous I race ahead just to get it over with, which isn't a great look either
Cool! I want to give a talk some day :)
Go for it! You’ll be great!
Thanks! Going to use this so I can do something out of my comfort zone.
It’s definitely worth it. Let me know how it goes 👍
Thanks for sharing these advices Helen!
I'm giving my first conference talk on July and this is certainly helpful.
Also adding additional resource
Had my first tech talk a week ago and the only thing that failed was my recording of it...
Oh no! That’s disappointing. I was really happy to have the recording as it went by in such a blur.
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