Are you interested in getting out of the audience observing and onto the stage sharing your thoughts, ideas, and experience with the world? If so, Speaker Camp is for you!
Russ Unger and Samantha Starmer are seasoned and popular presenters at venues such as South by Southwest, and numerous other events around the world. Their insights and expertise will guide you through the steps you need to take to be in the limelight too.
Using a clear and concise workshop-like approach, you’ll learn to: brainstorm ideas, create an abstract, craft a biography, organize and structure content, practice your presentation, prepare to present to an audience What’s more, Speaker Camp covers the mechanics of presenting material onstage, managing an audience, and how to approach making updates and revisions to presentations after you’ve given them.
You’ve got a lot to say, and people deserve to hear it!
About the Author
Russ Unger is a User Experience designer and researcher in the Chicago area. He is coauthor of the book A Project Guide to UX Design and is coauthor of the book Designing the Conversation. Russ is co-founder of ChicagoCamps, which hosts low-cost, high-value technology events in Chicago.
Samantha Starmer has more than 15 years of experience in leading large, customer-centered products and programs from strategy through design and execution at companies such as Razorfish, REI, Microsoft, and Amazon. She is passionate about evangelizing and creating holistic customer experiences across channels, time, and devices. Samantha has a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington, regularly teaches graduate-level courses, and enjoys writing and presenting on customer
experience and customer-focused organizational design.
Table of ContentsForeword viii Introduction x
Chapter 1 Brainstorming Your Big Idea 1 A Big Idea 2 Creating Your Big Idea 5 Refining Your Big Idea 9 Finalizing Your Big Idea 14
Chapter 2 Writing Your Presentation Proposal 15 The Standard Parts of a Conference Proposal 16 How To: Write Your Conference Proposal 19
Chapter 3 Writing Your Bio 31 The Two Types of Conference Bios 32 Bios Are Here to Stay 38
Chapter 4 Structuring Your Presentation 39 Start with Your Presentation Goals 40 Build a Narrative 44 Create an Outline 52 Ready for Creation? 58
Chapter 5 Creating Your Presentation 61 The Slide Deck 62 Additional Considerations 71 Make It Fun 76
Chapter 6 Practicing Your Presentation 77 The Details of Practicing 78 Approaches to Practicing 81 Practice Makes Better 87
Chapter 7 Presentation Tips and Techniques 89 The Pre-Game 90 Game Time: On the Stage 96 The More You Do It, the Easier It Gets 104
Chapter 8 Managing the Audience 105 Pre-Gaming 106 Getting to Know the People in the Audience 108 Q&A 111 Tricksy Humanses 114
Chapter 9 Iterating Your Presentation 115 Room for Improvement 116 Again and Again and Again 119
Additional Resources 121