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Lightning Talk Tips and TricksJoe Gardner@joehack3rLet's get started. We're going to go over some tips and tricks to help improve your lightning talk or ignite talk.

Just a little background. There are several different flavors of "lightning" talks. Some of these tips will only apply to certain types of lightning talks. Some of these tips will apply to any presentation type.

This leads us to the first tip1Start strong

2@joehack3r strong. Make your point early on. The rest of the presentation is to support your point. And yes, Arnold will come up again in a later tip.2

http://link/that/not/everybody/will/see3@joehack3r your headers and footers wisely. Headers avoid line of sight issues and are a good place to put contact information and links. Make sure the text is large enough to be readable by people in the back of the room.3

4@joehack3r your slides - preferably before you start. This makes it easier for the audience to follow along, take notes, go back, etc. It also prevents the audience from having to take pictures of that really awesome slide you made like this one.4

5@joehack3r are great. Demos can fail. As techies (pun intended), we know to plan for failure. My solution is to record demos beforehand and provide a link to the recorded demo. This also lets you share your presentation and content with a larger audience.5

6@joehack3r to your strengths. If you tell great stories, then tell great stories. If you are a good salesman, then woo the audience with your pitch. If you can engage the audience and get their participation, then do it.6

7@joehack3r, practice, practice. Lightning talks are 5 minutes. You can easily rehearse 10 times in an hour. This will make presenting more comfortable for you. BTW, know that you will likely have to ad lib part of the presentation. Don't worry about making a fool of yourself. The presenter remembers the bad; the audience remembers the good.7

8@joehack3r you can, say something twitter-able...and get the audience to tweet it.8

9@joehack3r ignite or other talks with auto-advancing slides, duplicate the slide when you need more time.9

10@joehack3r you he would be back. You want to start strong and finish stronger. Psychology teaches us that people remember the beginning and the end of things.10

11@joehack3r don't have to or need to convince everybody. Convince the people that matter. If you don't know who matters, it's the people who are buying what you're selling; the people who are actually listening to you.11

12@joehack3r my attempt at audience participation. Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!

Anyway, the point here is to have a call to action. Get people to do something. Here's my call to action: Follow me on twitter. My handle has been staring you in the face for the past 3 minutes. Tweet me what you think about this presentation and I'll follow you back.12

13@joehack3r people multiple ways to contact you or find you. Its not always about how you want to be contacted; sometimes its about how the person wants to contact you. This is typically your last slide.13

14@joehack3r do it. Sign up. Its 5 minutes. Despite what anybody says or how you feel, nobody has ever died from embarrassment. You will get something out of presenting. Somebody in the audience will learn something from you.14

15@joehack3r two tips - Absolutely, positively, and without exception do not exceed your time! It pisses people off. You messed up. Do not make others suffer for your mistake.15

16@joehack3r and have fun.16

17@joehack3r you17Twitter: @joehack3rBlog: (rarely updated)

18@joehack3r here are some ways to contact or find me.18