Presentation Aikido

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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 past years, this class has been available only to official OSCON speakers. This year we are once again opening it up to all attendees.

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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.

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Mark Seaman
07/22/2012 8:29am PDT

Awesome talk. Get a bigger room.

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ben hengst
07/20/2012 3:09pm PDT

Really a great framework for how to look at every talk you’ve seen or given, what didn’t work and how to improve. Thanks again Damian for the fantastic talk.

Mahmood Khan
07/20/2012 12:59am PDT

The best presentation I’ve attended in OSCON this year!

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Christopher Neugebauer
07/17/2012 8:13am PDT

Easily the best presentation on presenting I’ve seen. Please invite Damian back for this next year.

Beverly Block
07/17/2012 6:32am PDT

Excellent presentation! I would’ve loved to have heard the long version.

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Michael Downey
07/16/2012 4:32pm PDT

Fantastic, useful content and presentation, unsurprisingly. Room was too small and (ironically) the presentation went a bit long. Clearly high demand for this content by OSCON attendees.

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Krzysztof Koziol
07/16/2012 1:33pm PDT

This talk was awesome!

Jesse Bounds
07/16/2012 8:34am PDT

Hi OSCON. This session is fantastic! The only problem is that it was scheduled for a room that is much too small for the interest!!!


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