March 10, 2010
Public speaking for software training
The best advice that I ever got was to smile. For me, this isn't difficult, because I really do like showing off the software. When I say, "hey, this is really cool", I mean it! I also respond to questions, many times letting questions drive the direction of my demonstrations. Although I have a fixed set of things to cover in a particular class or session, the order can be changed based on what my students want. So please, ask me a question. I will answer it right away. I know how irritating it can be to hear "we'll get to that later." Personally, I'd like to get to that now, and most people do.
I've read that some people fear public speaking more than death. It's really not that bad. This is what you can do - find something you know about and want to share, be specific, answer questions - and smile!
By the way, yep, that's me in the picture. I think I was trying to smile.
Posted by Brad Hall