How to Prepare for your BarCamp Talk

Posted on Posted in BarCamp Manchester 2015

Public speaking can be terrifying, and is the main reason that BarCamp attendees don’t plan on doing a talk during the event. But you shouldn’t be put off!

A BarCamp is the exact place for you to take that leap and do your first conference talk. Remember, BarCamp is a very relaxed environment, it’s all about coming together as a community, and you won’t find a more supportive audience for your first time speaking.

So, now you’re tempted, let’s give you some handy tips on how to prepare!

Plan

  • Decide on your subject matter
  • Outline your slides
  • Outline¬†your main talking points
  • Flesh out the presentation with key pieces of information

Design

  • Add images to your slides to support your points
  • Test your slide transitions
  • Check the size and position of your font for readability
  • Develop a colour scheme that flows throughout the presentation

Prepare

  • Record yourself for practice
  • Run through the talk a few times to increase confidence
  • Try delivering your talk to a small group

Deliver

  • Practice speaking slowly and clearly
  • Don’t worry about being nervous, the most experienced speakers have nerves!
  • Don’t worry if you mess up, just carry on
  • Enjoy yourself!

For more hints on how to prepare for your BarCamp talk, check out these handy resources;

speaking.io

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