FrOSCon is one of my favourite conferences. It is a small-ish but very well organised conference held in Sankt Augustin (near Bonn, Germany). As an open source conference, it is full of nerds and geeks who are all very passionate about their respective topic. Like most conferences, it is also full of bullet point-laden slides that stand in stark contrast to the passion of the speakers in front of them. So I thought I'd try and introduce some of them to the Presentation Zen way of presenting in a workshop custom-made for this target audience, called "Presenting for Geeks".
100 Things Every Presenter Needs to Know About People by Susan Weinschenk
I like Susan Weinschenk's other book, "100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People" and always felt that it was unnecessarily restricting itself to a certain audience when it contains so much information that could also be useful for presenters. So I'm glad to see she wrote a book aimed at presenters.
I had to put work on my presentation course on the back burner since two other projects took precedence and required my full attention. The first of these two projects is now ready for announcement:
Presenting for Geeks is a shorter version of the complete presentation course targeted at, obviously, geeks. The goal of this workshop is to gently steer my fellow geeks away from bullet point-laden slides and teach some of the basic concepts of a modern and more engaging presentation style.
Über das Gedächtnis (English title: Memory: A Contribution to Experimental Psychology) by Hermann Ebbinghaus
Why would you want to read a book about the human memory that was published in 1885? As it turns out, Hermann Ebbinghaus' research has since been pretty much confirmed by modern-day researchers. Since I've seen his findings being quoted in other books, I wanted to go back to the source to check.
I try to speak at several events each year. In addition to my favourite conferences, I'm always looking for Calls for Papers from other interesting events. However, there's one thing that has always bothered me about the typical CfP ...