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Presenting for Geeks - The Ebook

In their presentations, techies and geeks usually focus on the facts. Which results in presentations that are accurate, cover every aspect of the topic - and tend to overwhelm the audience. As a result, the audience will remember little, if anything, of the actual content.

Presenting for Geeks shows a different approach to presenting by putting the audience at the centre of everything. Seeing things from the audience's perspective leads to a more visual and engaging presentation style that helps them better understand and remember the content of the presentation.

Learn more about the book here or buy it now from the Amazon Kindle Store, from the Apple iBookstore or from Google play. Alternatively, it is also available without DRM via Ganxy in both epub and mobi format.

I also offer an accompanying Presenting for Geeks Workshop

    

Holding the Microphone

When you go to speak somewhere and you are offered a microphone, it's generally a good idea to use it. Keep in mind that the people running the event will be familiar with the venue and will know very well wether your voice needs to be amplified to be understood by the audience members in the back of the room.

You may be reluctant to use a microphone simply because you are not familiar with its correct use. It should be worth this small discomfort for the benefit of your audience, though.

    

Don't go over time - and that includes the Q&A

One thing that I always stress in my workshops is that there's no excuse for going over time with your presentation. At a typical conference, this will quite obviously inconvenience your audience, since they may want to change rooms to attend the next talk, or take a bathroom break between talks, or grab a coffee. It also prevents the next speaker from setting up in time and may even derail the entire schedule of at least the conference track you're in. And even if you're the only speaker at an event, consider that people in your audience will have made plans for after your talk.

Fortunately, most speakers nowadays seem to have realised this and manage to finish in time; with their talk, that is.

    

Announcement: Presenting for Geeks workshop at Easterhegg 2014

Update: After some back and forth, the workshop is now scheduled for Saturday, April 19 at 1pm. Please double-check the schedule (aka Fahrplan).

Do hackers need communication skills? Why yes, they do. Hackers, by which I mean the good guys, often make important discoveries and need to be able to explain them. The NSA scandal is a prime example, but other issues (e.g. security issues in websites, routers, or smartphones) are found almost every day and their consequences are often hard to understand for the general public. So whether the result is a talk at a security conference or a press release, it's important that the hackers improve their communication skills so that they can explain their findings to an audience that is not intimately familiar with all the details.

At Easterhegg, the traditional meet-up of Germany's Chaos Computer Club over the Easter holidays, I'll do my little share and offer a "Hacker's Edition" of my Presenting for Geeks workshop.

    

Off-topic: AnyFont - install (almost) any font on an iPad

This article may seem somewhat off-topic for this blog, but it is at least partially relevant for those of us who use their iPad for presenting:

One of the limitations of the iPad (and other iOS devices) is that you are stuck with the fonts that Apple provides. There is no official way to add custom fonts. I'm usually somewhat conservative in my choice of fonts anyway, but sometimes, it would be nice to have a fancy font for special effects.

A developer has now found a way to install custom fonts on devices running iOS 7. It is in no way officially sanctioned, so it may stop working at any time with a future iOS update. On the other hand, as I understand it, it's not really a "hack" either, since it uses a feature that was only introduced in iOS 7 (though maybe not for this purpose).

In any case, the app is called AnyFont and you should use it at your own risk.