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Tips for Improving Your Presentation Skills (DataGrillen 2019 Session Recording)

At DataGrillen 2019, I presented a session called Uhms and Bunny Hands: Tips for Improving Your Presentation Skills. The wonderful Amanda Debler (@texmandie) was kind enough to record it, yay! :)

The session recording is now available on YouTube, and the slide deck is available on SlideShare.

Tips for Improving Your Presentation Skills – Session Recording

Watch the session recording on YouTube:

(As this was an unplanned session recording, we didn’t have any microphones. The sound quality could be better, but I decided to share this video anyway. I hope it can still be useful for others!)

Tips for Improving Your Presentation Skills – Slide Deck

View the slide deck on SlideShare:

What will I improve next time?

At the end of my session, I tell everyone to pick one thing to improve each time they present. (Or more, if they want!) In my case, I have picked one lesson learned and one thing I want to improve.

Lesson Learned: Speak Louder!

Several feedback comments mention that I need to speak louder when I don’t have a microphone. I knew that I was in a fairly large and wide room, but it didn’t occur to me to ask anyone in the back or on the sides how the sound was once I started presenting. For me, it felt like I was already almost yelling! This is something I need to be more aware of in the future.

Takeaways: Always use a microphone, if possible. If no microphones are available, ask attendees for feedback on sound during the session.

Thing to Improve: More Demos!

Other feedback comments mention that my session could benefit from more demos. And by demos, I mean physically showing what not to do while presenting. Basically, more acting throughout my session :) This is something I’ve never tried before, so I’m still trying to find the right balance. I will keep working on this!

Takeaways: Don’t be shy, just go for it :D

What’s next?

I’m leveling up! In September, I will be presenting a brand new presentation skills session – together with the awesome Alexander Arvidsson (@arcticdba) :D We’re combining our very different presentation styles at DATA:Scotland to deliver something we hope will be fun. Once the event is over, I will be sharing even more tips for improving your presentation skills. Stay tuned :)

About the Author

Cathrine Wilhelmsen is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, BimlHero Certified Expert, Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert, international speaker, author, blogger, and chronic volunteer who loves teaching and sharing knowledge. She works as a Senior Business Intelligence Consultant at Inmeta, focusing on Azure Data and the Microsoft Data Platform. She loves sci-fi, chocolate, coffee, craft beers, ciders, cat gifs and smilies :)

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