How to improve your tech-talk (or any other presentation)

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We cannot negate that we’ve found ourselves attending one meeting that felt like we were wasting our time with a “monologue” that is either hard to follow or doesn’t seem so interesting as it could.

Therefore, I was thinking about it and I tried to get some keys to improving their general quality. It applies to all presentations but also tech-talks and other tech presentations in which engineers are usually involved.

Structure of the talk

To explain how I think a good presentation should look like I will address three main topics that are relevant to structure and design your presentation.

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Consider your audience

When you prepare your presentation, ask yourself:

Introduce the topic

Create some atmosphere. Try to answer these questions:

Every meeting should have an output and an outcome. Keep it in mind.

Create a Storyline

Build a conclusion

Summarize the main conclusion(s) in a concise way:

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Design and Layout

Write less, talk more

Large fonts

If you have some code to present, consider:

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Role of the Audience

Responsibilities of the attendee

Inner questions

At the end of the meeting, we should ask these questions in order to improve. Ask other people for their feedback, so we can grow further and together.

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Thanks to Boris Diebold

Jose Maria Valera Reales

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Aka: Chema. I love what I do: software, music, and sport, but here I write mostly about software.

SEVEN SENDERS Techblog

Learn more about how we design, build and run products at SEVEN SENDERS

Jose Maria Valera Reales

Written by

Aka: Chema. I love what I do: software, music, and sport, but here I write mostly about software.

SEVEN SENDERS Techblog

Learn more about how we design, build and run products at SEVEN SENDERS

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