Talk comments

I had to miss this the day of (stupid meetings) but finally got back to finish listening.

I do agree with the gripes about the generally muffled quality of the sound, but I never expect an excellent experience with online stuff (as you said, technical stuff is not always fixable)

I also feel that the first section about being prepared could probably have been skipped, simply because other speakers had covered it well.

I did enjoy the the section on technical mitigation (having been on the receiving end of some of these issues myself)

Some feedback on what I didn't see and would have liked to:

I would have liked to have gotten a few tips about managing the audience. Trolls were mentioned, and there was a story about mismatched audience exceptions, but some general guidelines about how to find out what audience expectations might be helpful ... should you always have a simpler version of a hard talk? Is there something you can do to make sure the audience truly understands what they're going to hear about (even if they didn't bother to read the abstract) How do you deal with the guy taking apart his laptop in a polite manner, or the a room with nothing but a bunch of people staring at their laptops?

Thanks a lot for a great talk!

I enjoyed the humor in the slides and the happy attitude - I would suggest that you do add some examples of things other than karaoke (but equally as good at getting people out of their shell) for those who just really cannot sing ;)

Anonymous at 04:04 on 25 Mar 2013

Excellent discussion on how to prepare for a talk to ensure that you give your best. The presentation was well structured with clear information and delivered clearly.

Thanks for the feedback everyone.

My apologies on the audio. If I'd known I was coming across muffled, I would have moved my mic or switched to another method entirely.

Anyway, if anyone has feedback on what I could/should do better, please feel free to drop me a note. :)

I really liked this talk. Good advice and funny stories to share. Unfortunately it got a bit hard to hear at times due to it being "muffled", listening from laptop speakers, this got even worse.

THAT said; When someone said you were in a monkey suit, I completely got over the muffled sound.

Kudos to you for doing it even tho you were halfly dying. Thanks for an awesome talk.

Great use talk with good use of personal examples.

Great talk with a load of fantastic advice that I'll be following closely as I prepare for my first conference talk in a few months.