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Pre-Session 1 - Prework

At the first session you will be asked to deliver a one-minute 'elevator pitch' introducing you to us, professionally. This is the introduction you would give if you met a senior manager from another part of your organisation. Assume we do not know who you are, what you do, or what is important about what you do. You need to prepare for this, so that can credibly present yourself to the rest of the group.

If you want some tips, here is a short video. Beware, it goes a bit further than you are expected to go - for this session, you will simply be asked to introduce yourself, not start a conversation.

Session 1 - During the Session

The Planning Sheet is for getting your ideas down on paper before writing a script. Click here to download the PDF file.

Barack Obama on election night 4/11/08 - especially from 12:40 minutes, when he talks about Ann Nixon Cooper:

Madeleine Madden’s Address to the Nation - Organised by GenerationOne 7pm Sunday October 24, 2010:

Bindi Irwin's Speech at Steve Irwin's Memorial Service - a very raw message (which we didn't get to during the session):

Session 1 - Additional Reading & Resources

There are lots of presentations at on a wide range of topics. A few years ago Margaret Hornagold drew her network’s attention to the excellent presentation by Sugata Mitra about introducing technology to children without training – It is great. Click here.

I also thoroughly enjoyed a light one by Hillel Cooperman called Legos for Grownups – see if you can see what appealed to me.

Ellen Finkelstein has a long-running presentation skills blog. One of my favourite posts of hers is about organising and structuring your content around your audience's needs (including not introducing yourself and telling them about your organisation until late in the presentation). Click here.

Steve Jobs remains one of the best prepared presenters, ever. Andrew Dlugan has some useful tips from observing Steve. Link to his blog post and videos. This is here so you can understand, not necessarily emulate, Steve's style.

The ‘one big idea’ concept is from a presentation by Oliver Adria at SlideShare called ‘Present! - Edition #1 Rethinking Presentation Design’:

Present! - Edition #1 Rethinking Presentation Design from Oliver Adria

Session 2 - During the Session

Karen Lauritsen speaks at TEDxUCLA on an initiative called Science Cafe. We used this to critique a range of aspects of presentation delivery.

I know this is a repeat, but I am including it here again, as I talked about it during the session. Please read through Oliver Adria's SlideShare called ‘Present! - Edition #1 Rethinking Presentation Design’. Click here.

And finally for this session, we watched the initial portion of Kevin Rudd's apology to the stolen generations of Indigenous Australians.

Session 2 - Some Additional Reading & Resources

A few years ago Margaret Hornagold drew her network’s attention to the excellent presentation by Sugata Mitra about introducing technology to children without training – It is great. Click here.

We have discussed the incidence of ems, ers and other filler words and phrases. Ellen Finkelstein has some advice for you on this topic: click here.

In a short blog post, Ellen provides 6 simple suggestions from a presentation by Cliff Atkinson called "How to let go of notes and speak from the heart". Click here.

Session 3 - Some Additional Reading & Resources

A few of you were uncomfortable about sharing something about yourself in your first major presentation. The highly esteemed Nancy Duarte has some things to say about making yourself vulnerable in this blog post: click here.

‘Death by Powerpoint’ by Alexei Kapterev is a popular slideshow at SlideShare:

Death by PowerPoint from Alexei Kapterev

My favourite line: “How much is an extra slide? $0.00. Zero Dollars. Break it in several. It’s free.”

Last session I mentioned Toastmasters as a way to improve over the longer-term after this series of workshops. Communication consultant James Feudo suggests that I should have said "You can become a better speaker by taking an active role in the right Toastmasters club." Find your local Toastmasters Club here: click here

Before preparing slides for an important presentation, it is useful to plan using storyboards. This can just be scribbling rough notes on a page, or doing something more formal usiung a template. The template I offer is in PDF, to encourage you to write on them by hand - remember that these are just planning tools. Click here to download the PDF template.

Session 4 - During the Session

Matt Harding's Ignite presentation at Gnomedex in Seattle August 22nd, 2008:

Professor John Sweller was quoted during the session. The quote is from a newspaper article about 'cognitive load'. Click here to read the article.

Steve Jobs’ Macworld 2008 Presentation on the Time Capsule - a 3 1/2 minute segment:

Session 4 - Some Additional Reading & Resources

6 More presentation tips from a Steve Jobs keynote by Garr Reynolds. Click here to read the blog post.

Garr Reynolds also writes about “What is good PowerPoint design?” - click here. He includes side-by-side examples of slides that have been simplified and clarified.

Nancy Duarte's Slideology book inspired me to change an existing presentation of project management quotes to incorporate fat and skinny pipes which are followed by the presentation as it meanders from slide to slide - you can see it here. (It has to be downloaded to see the slide transitions in action.)

If you like the Ignite concept from Matt Harding's presentation during the session, you might like Giff Constable's Ignite talk on excuses to avoid usability testing. It is from a NYC Lean Startup Meetup from 22 October 2011:


Garr Reynolds comments on the conclusions about PowerPoint resulting from the 'cognitive load' work of Professor John Sweller, who was quoted during the session. Click here.

And finally, Elon Musk provides a very polished presentation to launch Tesla Energy and the Powerwall. Here's the presentation:


And here is a commentary on some key elements in his presentation by Nancy Duarte. Click here.

Session 6 - During the Session

In the first Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump debate in 2016 there was a fuss made about the number of times that Donald Trump interjected. Here is a highlights reel of interjections - watch how a very professional Hilary Clinton responds. (Video uploaded by Time Magazine).

Stephanie Evergreen (host, along with Jon Schwabish) and Rick Altman (guest during episode 10) from the RAD Presenters podcast are mentioned during the session. The RAD Presenters podcast is available on iTunes or at Mixcloud here.

The clip of Bill Shorten (opposition leader) and Tony Jones stoushing is from ABC's QandA program. The bit shown during the session starts at 50min30sec in this episode:

Session 6 - Some Additional Reading & Resources

On the Rad Presenters episode with Rick Altman (episode 10), they discuss dealing with interruptions, slide design, handout design, and a useful idea: Your presentation is about what you SAY, what you SHOW and what you GIVE. This leads to an interesting process for developing lean slides and rich handouts. You can get to the episode via iTunes or here at Mixcloud.

Having trolled through lots of presentation blogs looking for sound advice for dealing with interruptions, this one is particularly useful although a bit brief: Supercompetent Speaking: Dealing with Interruptions & Questions by Lorri Freifeld, posted 10 May 2012

Olivia Mitchell, a New Zealand-based trainer with a rich background, writes about how to handle a heckler. (I think the first thing to do is not to think of them as a heckler - this is business, not comedy.) Olivia has some good tips at her blog here.

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