Tech Speaking - Session #1

Structure & Content

but before...

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one idea

one perspective

one contribution

one discovery

Takeaways

You are building an idea in the mind of the audience

Think what matters to you and why it matters for others

What is your unique perspective?

Structure

Through Line

Advantages of through lines

You start around a skeleton, you build on top

You can easily structure your talk on paper

Every item tends to fit in an order

You can spot the climax and the transitions between sections

Sections

Intro

Outro

Main Content

Act 1

Act 2

Act 3

Act 4

Intro

Crazy Idea

Conclusions

Demo

Takeaways

Sections help the audience follow your logic/flow

Transitions give you an opportunity to emphasize

Every part should matter, kill whatever doesn't work

Follow-up your ideas, offer cyclicality, focus on key point

Content

Establish the Context

Who is in the audience?

What is the general target of the event?

Who else is talking at the event?

Keep it Simple

Your goal is not to look smarter!

Dumb down your ideas / presentation

Imagine yourself in the audience

Language

Simple constructions, plain english

Don't use technical slang unless you explain it

Swearing on stage? It depends

Humor

Only if it's you and if you naturally do it

Don't have any expectations about the audience

Don't be offensive!

Takeaways

Your content should be addressed at the audience

Start simple, build on top of that

Use natural language and humor, be yourself :)

Storytelling

Break the Standards

Story at the beginning

Story as you go

Your journey towards discovering the idea

Idea

Inspiration

Takeaways

Your story differentiates your talk from others

Stories make your ideas more relatable

You can insert a story at any time in your talk

🚀 Homework 🚀

Identify an idea

Create a structure around the idea

Connect your idea to a story (get creative)

Tech Speaking - Structure

By Alex Moldovan

Tech Speaking - Structure

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