This guide is meant to help you prepare before you actually deliver your talk. This guide contains the following contents:
- How to make slides for your talk.
- Tips and tricks that will help you prepare for pre-recording your talk.
- How to structure your talk as a story/narrative before pre-recording; pointers for speaking without pauses and hiccups.
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How to deliver your talk for a recorded or live session
- Rehearse your talk before the actual recording or live performance.
- Avoid using words like “so”, “basically”, “you know”. You get better at not using these words if you rehearse your talk three-four times. Also, having post-it notes or speaker notes before you, when speaking, will help you to know what section comes next, and therefore avoid using these filler words.
- As gender sensitivity hygiene, speakers of all genders must try to avoid using the word “guys”. “Folks” is preferred if you have to address audiences. Similarly, instead of he/she pronouns, use they/them/their. This helps to break gender stereotypes.
- Speak slowly and deliberately. Use your natural tone and voice. This helps viewers to connect with speakers.
- Briefly introduce yourself at the start of the presentation, in not more than 30 seconds.
- Explain the agenda of the talk. Or start with an anecdote/story, and then introduce the agenda/flow of the talk.
- Jump into the problem statement quickly so that your viewers are attentive. If you take too much time to get to the problem statement, viewers will lose attention.
- Show architecture diagrams and code samples to make your case during your talk. Visuals help to keep the audience’s attention.
- When concluding your talk, repeat the key insights or main points of your talk.
- Have a concluding slide with your contact details. Tell audiences how they can contact you.