7 Best Practices for Giving a Conference Talk

You want your first speaking experience to be a happy one, so I’ve prepared tips that may help you when writing and presenting your talk.

1. Know your audience

The SeaGL audience, for example, is an interesting mix of those new to tech and folks who have been around technology for a long time. Because the conference is held at a community college, you can expect the Friday audience in particular to have a large number of students.

If the audience will be a mix of experience levels, you can’t assume that they’ll have the background to understand your talk from the outset. Therefore, consider having a slide or two of introductory information to lay a knowledge foundation and provide context for the less experienced members of your audience. Give them the tools they’ll need to not get lost during your talk.

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