My strange way of doing things. MMMMMMWhahaha (That's my best evil laugh) I thought since I promised no more blogs about my session - I'd let you know what I do to prepare or MY personal Secrets. I'm sure no one else does this. (Sarcasm here) Let me tell you everyone has their own way.... But since you never asked - I figured I'd let you know mine.
To start - create an "outline"
To begin with all non-sap type people submitted a brief outline of our session(s). They go through a magic process where some get chosen and some don't. I submit - oh about a hundred. Not really. I think this year I submitted three different ideas. And one got picked. If you want to speak submit more than one!
Wait and forget
Then I waited. I had even forgotten that I submitted anything. BUT - then I got contacted that one of my sessions had been selected. Now to read the session outline and try to remember what I was thinking when I wrote it. Always fun. But I was so excited that I got selected. Time for me to get serious.
Create the session material
So I had my outline - that outline that I had to follow. The next deadline was for the presentation itself. So I spent time putting it together. Changing slides - putting it together again. Bother co-workers. And yes, making changes. Finally, I had something that I liked! I submitted it to the speaker site. Once done - I was done right?
Not so fast. Examples Next
Next I had to put together my "canned" examples / demos. My speech would be totally boring without them. I started canning them after a failure at one of the TechEds - I couldn't connect to my work via VPN. Then I could, but it wasn't fast enough. So I ended up presenting just using my slides. Not my ideal way of doing things.
So now I create the examples via software. I created more examples/demo then I will eventually present. I stop and edit along the way. It is not a fast process.
Also - I have to check and double check that I'm not using any of my company's data.
So done now? Oh no - not yet. Practice and find the audience
I am a person who likes to practice and then practice some more. But where to get that needed audience? See the pictures below - I'm sure they all loved the speech. OK some of them were sleeping and some left - but I'm sure they found it interesting.
The two girls said they loved it. Gemma and Mohawk were suitably impressed. Monster - well I think he found it entertaining
But the winner of the audience - decided my printer was a good place to listen from. The great Spike! He was learning ABAP by sitting beside the book. Extra points for him!
So now you have my biggest and best secret - a great audience to practice on. I don't give my horses my speech as I can't bring my computer out there safely. So they miss out. They are very sad - I'm sure.
Why do all this?
Yes, most of it is in my free time. I do it not just because the free Teched. (It's for lecture only and no travel or food reimbursement - if you are curious.) Although free teched is a good reason to do all this. I do it because I hope just one person goes away from my session and has learned one thing! If you go to my sessions - you'll probably hear me say that.
And that is the rainbow at the end! Helping others and being helped. When they ask a question I learn something new. Or I see something in a different way.
And if you find me at Teched - stop and say HI! As I've said before I'm a natural introvert, but I push myself to do more.
Tuesday is going to be interesting for me as I have 2 sessions back to back - Same presentation - that's good. But any other day - I'll stop and chat!
And - sigh the older I get the less I want my picture taken. I didn't smile and I figure if I'm not chatting I'll be moving through halls - not smiling. So I took some pictures this morning. Most of the time my hair is pulled back. Anyway here I am:
What are your speaking/presenting tips? I'm sure most of us do this during work. I actually like presenting to people I don't know. I think it's easier.
Anyone - Any new reasons to head out to Teched? There is still someone out there not sure if they should go.