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The best, most effective presentations capture the audience quickly, hold their interest effortlessly, educate and entertain them in equal measure, and sometimes even inspire them. This tutorial explores simple and practical techniques for achieving those goals in any kind of technical presentation.
The class explores seven basic principles of good presentation, covering preparation, content selection, delivery techniques, and handling questions (or the lack thereof). It also explores a dozen simple and practical techniques for making your slides not suck.
In recent years, this class has been available only to official OSCON speakers. This year we are once again opening it up to all attendees.
Damian Conway is an internationally renowned speaker, author, and trainer, and a prominent contributor to the Perl community. Currently he runs Thoughtstream, an international IT training company that provides programmer training from beginner to masterclass level throughout Europe, North America, and Australasia. Most of his spare time over the past decade has been spent working with Larry Wall on the design and explication of the Perl 6 programming language. He has a PhD in Computer Science and was until recently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University, Australia.
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