Customizing Your Presentations

by Derek Featherstone

Customizing your presentations is a great technique to show that you’re in tune with the audience. That doesn’t mean writing a brand new presentation every time. It means some easy changes that help you connect to the people in the room.

December 20th, 2011

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Getting the most from a speaking mentor or coach

by Derek Featherstone

In a mentoring relationship, it’s too easy for someone to say “Can you give me feedback?” If you want to make it really worthwhile, work with a mentor on very specific areas of concern. Ask them the right questions, and encourage them to give you the detail you need to take action.

December 4th, 2011

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Scour those tweets

by Derek Featherstone

You’ve just finished a talk at a conference and you race to read what people said about it on twitter. It was great! You got lots of praise and compliments and people tweeted quotes from you several times over. While this feels great, what are you going to do with it? Read on to see what you can do with some of the gold nuggets that come from the back channel.

November 17th, 2011

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Use more effective photos

by Derek Featherstone

One element that a great presenter incorporates into their work is the use of photography. Certainly you can use stock photography, but it is even better if you take the photos yourself and use them to tell stories that relate well to the topic you’re speaking about. Here I show you an example of two photos I took on a recent trip to Australia and how I might use them in a talk.

November 9th, 2011

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How to Rock Blog World LA 2011 as a Presenter

by Derek Featherstone

I’m heading to Blog World LA tomorrow to speak and really looking forward to speaking at a different venue to a different audience than I’m used to speaking to. If you’re speaking at BlogWorld this week, here are some speaking tips on what you can do to rock your talk.

November 3rd, 2011

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