Preparing for a presentation

How long do you prepare for a presenation?

I usually like to start thinking about the presentation 1-2 weeks in advance.  Hopefully, I have a decent slideshow prepared, but the details rarely come into focus until this 1-2 week period.

I’ve been thinking about the ExtJS conference that I am speaking at next Wednesday.  I want to tie together UX principles with ExtJS specifics, probably by using the Marketo application as a case in point.  The hard part is flipping between Powerpoint and the application.  It’s one hour, so I need to choose which slides carefully.  Right now, I have too many.

This time is really productive for me.  I run through the ideas in mind, slowly assembling them like a WIndows 95 defrag program.  The ideas are sorted and cleaned and put neatly in place.  Questions slowly get answers:

When you have a presentation, you should also let yourself practice passively for a week or two.  You will find that you are more comfortable and have more coherent thoughts.  Don’t just wait until the last minute and wing it.

1 thought on “Preparing for a presentation

  1. As far as flipping from demo to presentation, how about taking a clue from the increasing use of multiple monitors? Isn’t the screen behind you big enough to be split between PowerPoint and a browser? Perhaps the organizaers can be lobbied to add two screens on stage.

Whatya think?

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