There will be a meeting on October 4th at 8pm for all the XDC Speakers in room 1. We’ll cover useful tips to keep in mind (some are below), room layout and other important information. Don’t miss it!
- Speak clearly.
- Use the microphone. Avoid turning your head away from the microphone. It won’t pick up well if you turn your head, making it harder for people to hear some of what you are saying.
- Avoid turning to face the screen. Always face the audience. Remember, you can see your screen on your laptop which will be in front of you.
- Repeat any questions that are asked before you answer them. Feel free to paraphrase if necessary.
- If you know someone’s name, feel free to use it. “So, Kem has asked …”
- Do not allow your session to get sidetracked with questions that would better be handled offline. Instead, repeat a short version of the question and say something like “That is a bit involved to discuss now, but I’ll talk with you about it after.”
- Minimize unnecessary movement. Don’t click a pen or fidget with your hands. Walking all over the front is distracting.
- Visit the room you are presenting in before you present so you can get comfortable with its setup.
- Start the presentation on time. Ask someone in back to close the door or do it yourself.
- End the presentation on time, which is about 5 minutes before the next session, at the latest! Do not go over your allotted time as I’m pretty sure we have tasers this year. Keynote presenter mode has a Timer you can refer to.
- Let people know if you prefer they ask questions during the session or to save them for the end. Personally, I prefer to allow questions during the session as their context can be clearer.
- Avoid the “ums”. Instead, simply don’t say anything. It’s not a problem to have silence while you are thinking.
- Wear your Xojo shirt the day you are presenting.
- In the Xojo IDE, you may want to increase your Code Editor font.
- In Keynote (Preferences->Slideshow) and PowerPoint (Slideshow->Presenter View) you can turn on Presenter Display to make it easier to see what is coming up in your slides.