July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR

Presentation Ninjutsu

Damian Conway (Thoughtstream)
9:00am–12:30pm Monday, 07/20/2015
Craft E145/146
Average rating: ****.
(4.64, 22 ratings)

Prerequisite Knowledge

Participants in this tutorial should either have taken the "Presentation Aikido" class, or at least have some prior experience in delivering technical presentations.

Materials or downloads needed in advance

There are no technical prerequisites for this tutorial.


Over the past decade Damian Conway’s popular “Presentation Aikido” class has explained and demonstrated the fundamentals of giving great presentations. In this, the long-awaited followup class, Damian delves even deeper into the art and science of presentation, revealing the subtle and unexpected techniques that can lift your presentations from great to extraordinary.

In this class we’ll first explore a series of advanced presentation structures that can help sustain your audience’s interest, engagement, and investment in your presentation: The Rule of Three, conflict and contrast, planned failure, false endings, motifs, and structural reinforcement techniques.

Next we’ll examine how to speak more convincingly: the three dimensions of trust, the five stages of persuasion, and the use of grammatical leverage and trigger words.

Finally, we’ll decode the secrets of effective and compelling stagecraft: how to set up a room to maximize your impact, how to grab and hold an audience right from the start, the three keys to confidence and control, how to transcend your performance anxiety, developing a better speaking voice, and the essential kinaesthetics of communication.

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Damian Conway


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.