This page is the session page for my Podcasting: Removing Roadblocks talk I’m presenting at Boise State University on Saturday, March 21st 2015 from 4:30 pm to 5:45pm. I’m part of the awesome Boise Code Camp 2015.
Thank you to those who attended. I really appreciated your input and questions. This was my first time presenting at Boise Code Camp. I feel like the section on creating a podcast could have been clearer. Would you give me some quick feedback?
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Below are notes for a talk titled Podcasting: Removing Roadblocks that I gaveSaturday, March 21st 4:30 pm to 5:45pm. This is part of the awesome Boise Code Camp 2015. It is my goal to give people an awesome exposure to creating podcasts.
The tentative location is the Ah Fong room in the Boise State University SUB (Student Union). Map
I Won’t Bore you
I love connecting with people and I love sharing interesting stuff, so public speaking is a great combination for me. I’m always looking to improve my public speaking. Here is the problem:
The image above is the problem. I don’t want to talk to this guy. I’m nervous. He’s angry and I think I am going to stop talking now.
Same guy! In his head he is thinking:
homigosh podcasts totally work as a wonderful content delivery system I’m definitely going to use this stuff dear speaker pleaseoplease keep talking about this amazing stuff
How do I know? Because I have a bitchy conference talk resting face. Or a church sermon jerky resting face. Really. So, I commit to not boring the people I’ll be giving a talk to. Or the one person who is signed up to attend. Le Sigh.
Get More Awesome-r
I think I do a great job at public speaking. I’m funny, witty, handsome and have great hand movements. Move them to the left, move them to the right… With so much media in front of us, public speakers have to be on their game to impress. With the widespread interested in TED Talks, the expectation is that normal, geeky people should be able to present their ideas in a very understandable way. I’ve really enjoyed Zach Holman’s fresh approach to technical speaking. Most of his suggestions are pretty standard (make an outline, practice) but I’ve enjoyed the nonstandard tips:
talk about something you know really well
focus on a very specific topic
use massive fonts
I took his advice. Here is a slide that has way too much text on it:
How can I expect people to focus on me and my words if I’ve just puked a bunch up unto the projector? Here, please read this paragraph and I’ll talk and walk around at the same time and move my hands to the left and to the right and..
oh, what’s that? You had trouble focusing on one thing? Here is my revised slide:
I’m excited to focus on speaking versus showing people a bunch of bullet points. This is the same as conversation, right? Conversation starts and stops- it is a two-way street. If I present bullets to you, it isn’t conversational and thus isn’t easy to remember. If I show you three words and tell you a story about it, this is more like a conversation. Your mind gets a couple milliseconds to absorb the words on the screen and think how they relate to the ones coming out of my mouth.