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Posted Wednesday, December 15, 2010 1:54 AM


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Yesterday I presented my version of "what SQLServer can hand to a dev, right out of the box".
A hybrid of "what I wish my OLTP devs new about SQLServer" and "how to use ssms in an OLTP enviroment".

Focus only on OLTP. Writing and queries.
No RS, SSIS, OLAP, BI.

I had the impression, my devs were still interested after 15 minutes and even some were still awake at the end of the ppt. (T +4,5h)

Because of the questions asked and the feedback afterward, I'm confident they got the picture, so I'm very happy with the event itself.


However, I got bitten by my lack of preparation with regards to "doing a presentation".
Results:
- to much adrenaline in my system
- soar throat
- bladder nearly exploded (fortunately only to be suffered after the presentation)
- woke up several times this night. So apparently still busy "next time, I'll alter this to that,..."

btw: I didn't have to raise my voice, to be heart by my audience.

So, how do you prepare for presenting ?

ps: today will be my day of silence, hoping I'll regain a decent voice by tomorrow


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Posted Wednesday, December 15, 2010 2:16 AM
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Dont do presentations

However something like camomile tea with honey should help the throat... or just the honey

Congrats, I would not have survived a 4.5 hour presentation....
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Thank you for the sympathy.

Indeed: a good spoon or 3 of honey already did a good job, but there's still a long way to go.


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Write down everything you learned from doing this presentation. All the "mistakes" you think you made. This will help you sleep, knowing that the list is saved somewhere that you can refer to it the next time you present.

When I prepare, I usually go over the theme I intend to discuss. I try to remember all questions that I've been asked about this them and include them in my powerpoint or in my discussion notes. I also use a search engine and SSC forums to see if anyone has posted questions related to my presentation. That always gives me ideas for demos or slides.

I put together a powerpoint presentation, some demo code if necessary, and review it several times before the "big day." I find myself tweaking stuff, such as fixing typos, adding slides, rearranging slides, and deleting stuff that just doesn't make sense to me. Some people practice their presentations in a mirror, just so they can get used to saying it. I practice by running through it in front of a group (I use my SQL Saturday stuff as an excuse to train our developers and project managers in T-SQL).

I do this all about a week in advance so I know I can get a good night's sleep the night before the presentation. I eat a decent dinner, drink lots of water the day before. Then the day of, I also drink lots of water, make sure my presentation still works, then go to the event. I always use the restroom before presenting and always make sure to take a bottle or two of water with me so I can sip when I'm thirsty.

Little tricks I use to get people involved includes bringing candy or silly dollar toys to throw out to people who ask good questions.

I rarely present on subjects that I don't know very well. I prefer doing the intro stuff because I know it backwards & forwards and hardly have to refer to my notes. However, I've been creeping out of my comfort zone lately by presenting more intermediate stuff too. And I tell myself that it's okay if I don't know the answer to all the questions, so long as I know the answer to some of them.

The key to not killing your voice is to use an old acting trick. Don't breath into your lungs. Yeah, I know that sounds silly, but do this exercise while sitting at your desk. Breath in and out a couple of times, paying close attention to your shoulders. Are they moving? If so, you're breathing into the top of your lungs. Not only do you not have enough oxygen in your system to get through the presentation, but you're killing your voice because you're talking in your throat. The idea is to use your stomach to fill your lungs to full capacity. Think of a plunger in your stomach that's pulling the air deep inside you when you breath. Your shoulders should NOT be moving, but your stomach will be. When you speak, push the air out from your stomach.

It takes practice, but it's way easier on your throat than the way most people speak.


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Write down everything you learned from doing this presentation. All the "mistakes" you think you made. This will help you sleep, knowing that the list is saved somewhere that you can refer to it the next time you present.

When I prepare, I usually go over the theme I intend to discuss. I try to remember all questions that I've been asked about this them and include them in my powerpoint or in my discussion notes. I also use a search engine and SSC forums to see if anyone has posted questions related to my presentation. That always gives me ideas for demos or slides.

I put together a powerpoint presentation, some demo code if necessary, and review it several times before the "big day." I find myself tweaking stuff, such as fixing typos, adding slides, rearranging slides, and deleting stuff that just doesn't make sense to me. Some people practice their presentations in a mirror, just so they can get used to saying it. I practice by running through it in front of a group (I use my SQL Saturday stuff as an excuse to train our developers and project managers in T-SQL).


Indeed, preparing the content went fine, however it was a struggle to narrow the ppt down so my audience would not be pushed to death by the overload of info or details.



I do this all about a week in advance so I know I can get a good night's sleep the night before the presentation. I eat a decent dinner, drink lots of water the day before. Then the day of, I also drink lots of water, make sure my presentation still works, then go to the event. I always use the restroom before presenting and always make sure to take a bottle or two of water with me so I can sip when I'm thirsty.


Yep, the prep took another hour for me to double check all hardware (beamer,...) was ok and working with my laptop on that location.

I had 2 bottles of water at hand, so I've been able to drink every once in a while and refill my glass.
(consumed about 2L )



Little tricks I use to get people involved includes bringing candy or silly dollar toys to throw out to people who ask good questions.

I rarely present on subjects that I don't know very well. I prefer doing the intro stuff because I know it backwards & forwards and hardly have to refer to my notes. However, I've been creeping out of my comfort zone lately by presenting more intermediate stuff too. And I tell myself that it's okay if I don't know the answer to all the questions, so long as I know the answer to some of them.

The key to not killing your voice is to use an old acting trick. Don't breath into your lungs. Yeah, I know that sounds silly, but do this exercise while sitting at your desk. Breath in and out a couple of times, paying close attention to your shoulders. Are they moving? If so, you're breathing into the top of your lungs. Not only do you not have enough oxygen in your system to get through the presentation, but you're killing your voice because you're talking in your throat. The idea is to use your stomach to fill your lungs to full capacity. Think of a plunger in your stomach that's pulling the air deep inside you when you breath. Your shoulders should NOT be moving, but your stomach will be. When you speak, push the air out from your stomach.

It takes practice, but it's way easier on your throat than the way most people speak.


Thank you for this valuable info !

Johan


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- How to prevent a sore throat after hours of presenting ppt ?


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You're welcome.

There are a few other things I should mention.

Don't drink high amounts of caffeine before a presentation. It dries out your throat. Don't drink anything cold before a presentation, it causes your throat to constrict and swell. Your water can be lower than room temperature, but it should not be chilled or iced.

Hot tea or hot water are good for loosening up your throat both before and after. They're usually not available at a SQL Saturday, so I stick with carrying around room-temp water. Don't drink overly strong tea, though. Green or camomile would be really good for your throat right now.


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The deep breathing will also help you relax and lower your blood pressure if you do it regularly.


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Indeed, next time I'll actually plan breaks in my slides and have them taken !

I did have some twinkles in the stomach before the ppt, but IMO that's positive stress.
If you're to confident about your stuff, you'll make glitches and not be able to cope with them smoothly.

I've seen very experienced speakers that really needed time on their own before giving a presentation they do dozens of times a year, so I didn't expect for myself to be at ease at all.
I only do a presentation very rarely, but this was my first big one on this topic.

For the moment, these presentations are for internal use only.
Maybe later on, I'll get an occasion to contribute at some local user groups.
Who knows ... we'll see.





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Indeed, next time I'll actually plan breaks in my slides and have them taken !

I did have some twinkles in the stomach before the ppt, but IMO that's positive stress.
If you're to confident about your stuff, you'll make glitches and not be able to cope with them smoothly.

I've seen very experienced speakers that really needed time on their own before giving a presentation they do dozens of times a year, so I didn't expect for myself to be at ease at all.
I only do a presentation very rarely, but this was my first big one on this topic.

For the moment, these presentations are for internal use only.
Maybe later on, I'll get an occasion to contribute at some local user groups.
Who knows ... we'll see.





Having some jitters is not a bad thing. Shaking uncontrolably is a bad thing... especially if you've had lots of water to drink.

I was a Navy instructor and was qualified to teach and did, infact, taught all hours of a 26 week 8 hour a day course (1040 hours altogether). I also wrote and taught a 200 hour course on microprocessors and troubleshooting digital interfaces before Bill Gates could spell CPM. I found that the attention span of most folks was limited to about 50 minutes which was perfect... at the top of each hour, I called a 10 minute break and broke the antlers off of anyone that didn't return on time. Since we were all heavy coffee drinkers, the only problem any of us had (I usually had about 30 people in each class) was standing in line for a chance to fully process the coffee.

I taught at that pace for about 2 years. The jitters go away after you've done 3 things... get a little podium time behind you, review the "movie" you made of yourself so you can get rid of your speaking "tics" and shortfalls, and be very well prepared as the subject matter expert. Keep in mind that if it's a new subject for you and you don't have lesson plans, it's going to take about 4 hours (or more) of preparation time for each hour you're on the podium. If you have working code examples, it may take you 10 or 20 hours of preparation per hour on the podium to actually do it right.

I used to do double duty in the Navy... After teaching for 8 hours, I'd have a quick dinner and then study the lesson plans for the next day for about another 8 hours that day. Walking into the classroom the next day knowing full well that no one was going to be able to pin me to the wall with a question really helped the jitters go away.

And, yes... do get some podium time in front of your local user group. It's a great way to get started.


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