Fang Talks

Bananas, in pajamas
25 08 14

Giving talks

Or, public speaking when you have something cool to talk about.

We all know public speaking is horrible. At least, that’s what 90% the world would agree on. You’re basically trying to not make a fool out of yourself in front of a large audience, while still stringing together something coherent enough to make some sense. And that’s hard! Even if it’s something you enjoy doing, it can still be quite the challenge. Luckily, with the internet at our disposal, we can access speaking.io, a website dedicated to tips on public speaking, and every step of the process that surrounds it. Its creator, Zach Holman, even gave a “Talk on Talks”, the video of which is available at the bottom of that page I linked to!

It’s absolutely great. I’d say it covers most everything you need to know. Not everything ever, but it comes really damn close. It outlines all the steps you need to take when planning your talk, like finding a place to give your talk, knowing good topics to talk about, writing the quick-and-dirty to submit to your conference of choice.
Then it moves on to the slides you’ll be speaking with, what to focus on and numerous design tips to keep in mind.
The preparation comes next, making sure you can actually deliver a decent talk without everything falling apart before you’ve even started.
When actually delivering your talk there’s still a lot of points to keep in mind, like the way you talk and how you really shouldn’t stress out, even if something does happen to go wrong.
So now your talk is done, but there’s still things to be done with it. Reflect on it, maybe share the video footage online, improve the thing for future use.

That’s the short version, but the website covers so much more than that. It’s full of great tips for all kinds of scenarios, challenges, et cetera. I won’t be giving conference talks anytime soon, but even with small work-related presentations this really helps. Just knowing all these things makes me feel more comfortable and confident when doing public speaking.

That’s it folks, speaking.io. It’s been up for some time now, but I figured I should post about it.
~ Fang

Comments

  • 26/08/2014 (10:03 PM)

    I dunno, for some reason I’ve just never been freaked out by public speaking hardly at all. I find speaking in front of a large audience easier than trying to make conversation with strange people at a party, since I know what I’m going to be talking about, I know I’m good at it, and best of all, I know that it’s going to be a monologue.

    I can imagine it’s absolutely terrible to be a high school teacher or something, though, and have to talk in front of a group that’s utterly disinterested. :c

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