In this recent post to his blog Ian Barber offers up some hints on presenting at conferences (or other events really) based on some of his experiences at this year's PHP Benelux Conference that just wrapped up in Belgium.
Some of the conversations I had during the weekend were around technical presenting at conferences and usergroups, so I thought I'd collect a handful of the tips that were discussed into a post, and use a few of my favourite speakers at the event to illustrate them.
He has it broken up by speaker, first David Zülke, Rowan Merewood and David Coallier, each with their own highlights of what they did well in their presentations. The list includes:
- Make concepts concrete with examples and demos
- Care About The Visuals
- Project Confidence
- Engage The Audience
Ian provides summaries for each of the points, describing what the speaker did to accomplish it and how it could be put into practice by other presenters.