Conferences are like the Broadway show of speaking opportunities: tons of people, expensive tickets, groupies following their favorites, tweets galore. Of course, as with any high-expectation "performance", there can be a lot of pressure to succeed.
How can you make the most of your own, personal "Hamilton"? Here are 10 conference presentation tips to take with you as you prepare for your next engagement:
1. Warm-up with your introduction and conclusion: A great way to get focused, get your articulators working, and your body engaged? Run through your introduction and your conclusion, out loud and on your feet, before you go on. First and last impressions are extremely important. While we don't recommend memorizing things (there's a big difference between familiarity and memorization, but that's a post for another day...), you want to be as comfortable as possible with these two major parts of your presentation. This way, no matter what happens in between, you can open and close strong.
(As always, you should be using all of your strong presentation skills training and the Rehearsal Process in the days and weeks leading up to your presentation!)