[oclug]OSW a major success!!!
Francis J. A. Pinteric
linuxdoctor at linux.ca
Mon Jan 27 13:34:17 EST 2003
On Mon, 27 Jan 2003 09:48:39 -0500
"Brenda J. Butler" <bjb at istop.com> wrote:
> It was two presentations wrapped together
> > in one. One was about bash (or whatever it really was about) and the
> > other was about giving a presentation. I recall it was a hoot.
> > I'm glad that those days are long gone and that we have plenty of
> > presenters now.
> Well, it is still a case of chasing presenters. It will be nice
> when we can pick and choose among who can present in a given
> evening :-)
Really? I thought your schedule was pretty well full for presenters.
That's what I get for staying away from the action.
> I think I missed that presentation you mentioned, sounds like
> one I might have liked to see. Care to give it again? :-)
Well, it was a long time ago. I think it was given in year two of OCLUG.
Perhaps if your REALLY stuck for presenters, it might be fun to do it
again, or some facsimile thereof.
But there are a few rules that I can give out right now:
1. Know your subject and be prepared.
2. Have an agenda and stick to it.
3. Don't rely on technology. When you really need it to work, it won't.
4. Keep it light. Nothing you say or do will cause the world to end.
Unless you can do that, it's not all that important.
5. Don't take yourself too seriously. The more seriously you take
yourself, the less other people will.
6. Don't sweat the small stuff, like mistakes. We all make them, let
7. Wait to the end of your presentation to ask for questions. Don't
allow yourself to get sidetracked by questions from the audience because
one question always leads to ten. Questions tend to derail a
presentation unless you are in control of the audience. If you wait
until the end for questions, you can't be derailed anymore
because your done!
8. It's YOUR presentation, so act like it.
There are a few more I'm sure.
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