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Thunderstruck (aka: Lightning Talk Tips and Tricks)

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@joehack3rhttp://bit.ly/lightning-talk-tipsStart 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@joehack3rhttp://bit.ly/lightning-talk-tipsUse 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@joehack3rhttp://bit.ly/lightning-talk-tipsShare 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@joehack3rhttp://bit.ly/lightning-talk-tipsDemos 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@joehack3rhttp://bit.ly/lightning-talk-tipsPlay 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@joehack3rhttp://bit.ly/lightning-talk-tipsPractice, 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@joehack3rhttp://bit.ly/lightning-talk-tipsIf you can, say something twitter-able...and get the audience to tweet it.8

9@joehack3rhttp://bit.ly/lightning-talk-tipsFor ignite or other talks with auto-advancing slides, duplicate the slide when you need more time.9

10@joehack3rhttp://bit.ly/lightning-talk-tipsTold 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@joehack3rhttp://bit.ly/lightning-talk-tipsYou 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@joehack3rhttp://bit.ly/lightning-talk-tipsHeres 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@joehack3rhttp://bit.ly/lightning-talk-tipsGive 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@joehack3rhttp://bit.ly/lightning-talk-tipsJust 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@joehack3rhttp://bit.ly/lightning-talk-tipsLast 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@joehack3rhttp://bit.ly/lightning-talk-tipsRelax and have fun.16

17@joehack3rhttp://bit.ly/lightning-talk-tipsThank you17Twitter: @joehack3rBlog: blog.joehack3r.com (rarely updated)

18@joehack3rhttp://bit.ly/lightning-talk-tipsAnd here are some ways to contact or find me.18