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Speaker Camp: A Self-paced Workshop for Planning, Pitching, Preparing, and Presenting at Conferences

By Russ Unger, Samantha Starmer

Published by New Riders

Published Date: Oct 25, 2013


Are you interested in getting out of the audience observing and onto the stage sharing your thoughts, ideas, and experience with the world? If so, Speaker Camp is for you! 

Russ Unger and Samantha Starmer are seasoned and popular presenters at venues such as South by Southwest, and numerous other events around the world. Their insights and expertise will guide you through the steps you need to take to be in the limelight too. 

Using a clear and concise workshop-like approach, you’ll learn to:
  • brainstorm ideas
  • create an abstract
  • craft a biography
  • organize and structure content
  • practice your presentation
  • prepare to present to an audience
What’s more, Speaker Camp covers the mechanics of presenting material onstage, managing an audience, and how to approach making updates and revisions to presentations after you’ve given them.

You’ve got a lot to say, and people deserve to hear it!

Table of Contents

Foreword viii
Introduction x

Chapter 1 Brainstorming Your Big Idea 1
A Big Idea 2
Creating Your Big Idea 5
Refining Your Big Idea 9
Finalizing Your Big Idea 14

Chapter 2 Writing Your Presentation Proposal 15
The Standard Parts of a Conference Proposal 16
How To: Write Your Conference Proposal 19

Chapter 3 Writing Your Bio 31
The Two Types of Conference Bios 32
Bios Are Here to Stay 38

Chapter 4 Structuring Your Presentation 39
Start with Your Presentation Goals 40
Build a Narrative 44
Create an Outline 52
Ready for Creation? 58

Chapter 5 Creating Your Presentation 61
The Slide Deck 62
Additional Considerations 71
Make It Fun 76

Chapter 6 Practicing Your Presentation 77
The Details of Practicing 78
Approaches to Practicing 81
Practice Makes Better 87

Chapter 7 Presentation Tips and Techniques 89
The Pre-Game 90
Game Time: On the Stage 96
The More You Do It, the Easier It Gets 104

Chapter 8 Managing the Audience 105
Pre-Gaming 106
Getting to Know the People in the Audience 108
Q&A 111
Tricksy Humanses 114

Chapter 9 Iterating Your Presentation 115
Room for Improvement 116
Again and Again and Again 119

Additional Resources 121

Index 122