Presenting visually without Slides

I often test my presentations in front of a friendly audience. If you don't have anyone who would be interested in your talk, I can recommend attending a Barcamp. In fact, my "career" as a proponent of better presentations started with a short presentation at Barcamp Stuttgart in 2011. I barely had material for 10 minutes, but the positive feedback and constructive discussion afterwards confirmed that I was on to something.

So after I stressed the importance of using visuals in slides - how and why they work - in a session last year, I came back to Barcamp Stuttgart this year with the question if you can make use of the positive effects of visuals even if you're not using slides in your talk.

In other words: Can you present visually without slides?


Steve Jobs is dead, get over it

Every time Apple introduces new products at one of their keynote events, there is this inevitable comparison with the late Steve Jobs. I've written about it before and really thought we'd be done with it. Everyone on the team at Apple has now found their role in these keynote presentations. Apple's keynotes are different now, but they're still recognisably Apple.

Last week's keynote was bigger than usual since, for the first time since Steve Jobs' death, Apple introduced an entirely new product category. And, inevitably, the "Steve would have done it differently" comments came up again. Sigh.


Getting more out of your slides on SlideShare

I come from an Open Source background. We share things. We make them available for others to use, adapt, improve upon, or turn them into something else entirely. Therefore, I usually share the slides for my talks. For this, I use SlideShare.

While SlideShare is already useful just for looking at slides, you will actually have to register to get the most out of it. Not only will you be able to upload your own and download other people's slides (if the author allows it) but you can also follow speakers and be notified when they publish new presentations. In other words, it's yet another social network. In fact, since SlideShare is owned by LinkedIn, it is part of a social network that you may already use.


Why it's important to repeat questions

I recently spoke at an event where all of the talks had a moderator who introduced the speaker and then sat in the front row, equipped with signs, indicating to the speakers how long they had left: 15 minutes, 10 minutes, 5 minutes - time's up!

They also had another helpful sign. It read: "Repeat the question."