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YOW! WIT 2017 Workshop with Damian Conway - Sydney

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Monday, 18 September 2017 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (AEST)

YOW! WIT 2017 Workshop with Damian Conway - Sydney

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YOW! Women in Tech 2017 Workshop

with Damian Conway


Congratulations! You are invited to attend this YOW! speaker training workshop in Sydney on Sept 18 because you are one of the ten finalists of the 2017 YOW! Women in Tech Competition.

My name is Damian Conway and I will be your coach and mentor for the event. For the past three decades I've been a professional speaker, specializing in teaching both coding/development techniques and general presentation skills. You can find out more about me on Wikipedia or here.

You can also see some examples of my own presentation skills at:

The purpose of this workshop is to help you deliver the most compelling, most informative, and most entertaining presentations possible at any conference, seminar, technical briefing, or client meeting where you'll be speaking; to help you develop new skills and techniques that will enhance *all* your future presentations.

That's a lot to ask of just one day, but we'll be aiming to achieve it in four smaller steps:

    1. First, we'll quickly review the fundamentals of good presentation (i.e.  I'll talk some).

    2. Next, we'll discuss and clarify those ideas together (i.e. We'll talk some).

    3. Then, we'll give each of you the opportunity to actually present something to the class (i.e. You'll talk some).

    4. Finally, your fellow workshop participants and myself will offer you collective and constructive feedback on the     design, structure, content, style, and delivery of your talk (i.e. We'll all talk some more).

The main idea is to give you a chance to deliver a short talk that is important to you, and provide an opportunity to get feedback on that talk both from a professional presenter and from a small and sympathetic audience of your peers. You will also have the opportunity to watch those fellow participants in action, to study their style and technique, to learn from them, and to pick up extra ideas from the feedback I will offer them.

In order to get the most benefit from this event, you're going to need to have prepared a 10-minute presentation, on any topic that is relevant and important to you, and then deliver that presentation during the day.
It can be a shortened version of something you've already prepared for work, or an extract from a new talk you're currently developing, or a brief presentation on a topic that you are personally interested in.

It's perfectly acceptable to create this talk by cutting down a longer presentation, but this shorter version still has to make sense as a stand-alone event. So it should be a complete presentation in its own right, with an short introduction, a concise overview of your two or three key points, and a brief summary and conclusion.

In particular, you are not delivering a 10-minute "handwaving" summary of your longer're delivering a complete and self-sufficient 10-minute talk on the same subject.

We'll have a projector available for your slides, which you should preferably bring along on your own laptop or tablet. If necessary, however, you can send me your presentation in advance (as a PowerPoint 2011 or Keynote 6 or OpenOffice 4 document, or as a PDF) and present it using my Macbook Pro.

Oh, and if you're planning on providing accompanying materials for your full talk--a printed handout, a PDF on-line, a website, etc.--please bring a copy of those materials as well so we can review them too.

Immediately after you've given your presentation, I'll spend about 20 minutes discussing it in front of the class, offering suggestions on a wide range of elements: content; organization; flow; slide text and visuals; as well as your appearance, demeanour, mannerisms, attire, stance, body language, vocals, and general delivery.

I'll also invite the rest of the class to give you feedback on their experience and impressions of your presentation. We'll aim to be honest and straightforward in our assessments, but will at all times remain constructive, supportive, and encouraging. There will also be brief opportunities (during the various breaks throughout the day) for private one-on-one discussions with me, should you wish.

Please feel free to contact me ( at any time over the next few weeks, if you have any questions or if you would like any advice about preparing for this workshop. If you do email me, please include the phrase "presentation workshop" somewhere in your subject line, to ensure that your email is routed into my high priority queue.

You may also find it useful to (re)view a YOW! Nights presentation I gave on this topic:

and grab the notes from that presentation at:

I'm very much looking forward to spending the day with you and your fellow workshop participants. It is always a genuine privilege to work with people like yourself: people who are as passionate as I am about creating and delivering great presentations.

See you on September 18!

Damian Conway.

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