Take charge of your event

Speak Schmeak

I've mentioned checking your venue in advance, for one thing. Ideally, you have already asked for certain features when you booked the speaking engagement, but checking the venue also brings issues to the forefront that you couldn't anticipate. If your Q&A comes before your closing ( as it should !), make sure to let the person know, so she doesn't assume you're done once Q&A is finished.

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Preparation rituals, part 1

Speak Schmeak

When we think of preparation for a presentation, we think of the usual stuff: have an objective, organize your thoughts, practice it, time it, check out the venue, check your equipment, anticipate Q&A, etc. On the other hand, some people like to focus on the presentation by visualizing the venue, seeing the audience, and successfully completing the whole presentation in their heads before the gig.

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Dear Speakers - James Duncan Davidson - James Duncan Davidson

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But speakers at other venues often make the mistake of writing a speech & then reading it - which is a great way to put an audience to sleep. 1: Q&A. Photos ( Zenfolio | Flickr ) Archives About Contact Dear Speakers By James Duncan Davidson on March 8, 2009 12:22 AM | 71 Comments Tagged: advice, speaking Last week, while shooting eComm 2009 in Burlingame, I started posting a set of thoughts on Twitter, all starting out Dear Speaker.

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