Presentation Aikido

Damian Conway (Thoughtstream)
Geek Lifestyle
Location: E143/144 Level: Novice
Average rating: ****.
(4.73, 30 ratings)

This tutorial explores a set of simple and practical techniques for giving better, more effective, more entertaining presentations. Discover how to capture an audience, hold their interest, convey your message to them clearly…and maybe even inspire them.

The class explains the seven basic principles of good presentation: from selecting the right format and content, through preparing your dialogue and visual materials, to delivery techniques and how to handle questions (or the lack thereof). It also provides 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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