OOoCon Presenting

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Presenting at the Conference

Few simple tips for better presentations.
Both 'what you want to tell' and your audience will profit.


  • Not everyone speaks to an audience easily
  • Or has much experience
  • Or is native English speaker
  • Therefore some simple tips that may help

  • Not every item might be equally relevant for every room, presentation.
  • Presentations with extensive advice on this same subject, are available all over the net; here we just aim to give basic tips.


  • Before you start: check the microphone
    • Ask someone else: is the volume OK?
    • What distance to your mouth is best?
    • Microphone broken? Ask the organisation!
  • Beginning your presentation
    • Ask the audience if they can hear you
  • During the presentation
    • Mind volume and distance


  • Where do you stand?
  • Can people still see your slides?
  • Can all people see you?
  • Can you see the audience?


  • Try to speak in the direction of the audience
  • Try to look at various parts of the hall/room/group of people
  • If you do not want to look at people straightly, you can look just over the heads

Slides – general

  • Better is more slides with less info on a slide
  • Do not read out your slides word for word - your audience can read :-)

Slides – technical presentations

  • Little info/text often is no option
    • Exact information is useful
    • And needed for reading afterwards
  • What can be done though:
    • enlarging or highlighting part of the text
    • add slides with highlights / summary

Answering questions

  • Repeat the question, so that all attendees know what is asked
  • Try to answer to the whole audience

Help from colleagues

  • There are always colleagues around
  • Ask one to help
  • To bring the microphone to someone with a question
  • ...

A little practice before the real session

  • Ask a few friends or colleagues to watch 15 mins. to a try-out of your presentation
  • For them it is easier to give their opinion and probably some useful tips.
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