Tips for Presenting at WASWUG
- Make a plan. Find a lesson plan template you can use, think about the process of chunking your presentation into small bits of information. When you break up a presentation into small parts, it's easier for you to deliver.
- Think about when you first learned the topic or when you’ve helped someone else with the topic, and use that knowledge to anticipate what the attendees might find helpful. Knowing what questions might be asked helps you manage fears of the unknown.
- Use the WASWUG app to provide information about your session. The Activity Feed is a great place to post messages to conference attendees.
- Make sure the data you’re going to use is set up with the right examples and scenarios.
- Practice in front of someone who knows your topic. Practice in front of someone who doesn’t know your topic. Make adjustments based on feedback.
- Does it flow logically?
- Are there any gaps?
- Can you, and have you, made connections (if they exist) between each part of your presentation?
- How’s your timing – is the presentation too long, or too short?
- Become familiar with your presentation room before your scheduled session. Knowing the environment helps settle nerves.
- Involve the attendees by asking questions or for their experiences. Help them feel invested in the topic and content.
- If someone asks a question you don’t know the answer to, that’s okay but be willing to perhaps work with them to find the solution (after the session) or find a coordinator who can help.
- Always have your materials (PPT, documents, reports) on a flash drive for backup.
- Ask a friend or colleague to attend for moral support. If they know your topic, that’s a bonus and you can call on them as a resource (but only if you really need to, remember it’s your presentation).
- Smile, enjoy yourself, and connect with the attendees.