A few of us have been pulling together a community-oriented developer event here in the UK – DDD5. One of DDD5’s key goals is to nuture community talent and provide a platform for new speakers. First time speakers, and I say this with the greatest respect, often need some tuition in order to deliver a good session.
If you are a new speaker, I believe that you’ll find Guy’s How to give great presentations an invaluable document! It’s full of top tips covering topic selection, preparation, expected slides, explaining things, demonstrations, use of PowerPoint, cheat or crib sheets, delivery, nervousness, humour, gadgets/pointing tools, drawing and zoom tools, mobile phones (what you can do to stop it from happening!) and how to close your presentation (bring it to an end).
I’m pleased to see Guy recommending ZoomIt – it’s a great tool that I use most of the time. It’s well worth taking a look at it if you are delivering a lot of presentations. Incidentally, ZoomIt is written and maintained by Mark Russinovich of SysInternals fame.