Delivering Sold-out NIWeek Presentations

Posted on Wednesday 13 August 2008

The JKI presentations at NIWeek 2008 were very popular -- the rooms were full to capacity while eager attendees were (unfortunately) turned away at the door due to fire safety concerns.  While the size of the audience is a good indication that people anticipated high-quality presentations, we were thrilled to received direct feedback from many attendees, afterward, who stated how much they enjoyed the presentations.



As a thank you, we decided to share some tips, below, for how we pull off high-quality, enjoyable presentations that people will remember:
  • Have passion for your what you are presenting -- if you don't care, neither will your audience.
  • Tell a story that will relate to the audience -- the story is what people will remember.  If they care about the story, they will come looking for more detailed information, later.
  • Use images as a backdrop to your story, rather than slides with lots of bullets and small text -- the images set the tone and give people an emotional connection to what your talking about.
  • Include well-scripted demonstrations -- show them some LabVIEW, in action!
  • Keep text to a minimum and use large fonts -- any text should be mostly subliminal, meaning that the audience should not have to try hard to read it.  They should be listening to your story and not reading your presentation.
  • Stand up next to the screen and talk directly to the audience, rather than sitting in front of the computer and reading slides -- you want people listening to what you have to say, not reading the slides.  Be a good story-teller!
  • Use a wireless presenter mouse -- it will untether you from your computer and enable you to interact with your audience
  • Don't take too long -- There's nothing worse than not making it to the end of a story.  And, make sure to leave time for people to ask questions and make comments.
  • Know your material -- you need to be able to give the presentation without reading your notes.
We are excited that JKI has earned a reputation, building on our success at NIWeek 2007, for dilivering high-quality, enjoyable presentations and we look forward to trying to raise the bar again next year :)

Even if you missed our sold-out presentations at NIWeek 2008, you can still check them out by follow the links, below.
We'd love to hear your feedback.  What tips do you have for giving great presentations? How might JKI improve our presentations, next year? What are some presentation topics you would like JKI to cover at NIWeek 2009 (next year)?


9 Comments for 'Delivering Sold-out NIWeek Presentations'

  1.  
    August 13, 2008 | 11:34 pm
     

    Congratulations on a great contribution to NI Week 2008! It was great to meet with you all and I look forward to working in the future to help increase VIPM and Easy XML adoption.

  2.  
    August 14, 2008 | 9:10 am
     

    Todd: Thanks. It was great meeting you too. BTW, shouldn’t you be linking to your great new blog?

  3.  
    David Saunders
    August 14, 2008 | 12:40 pm
     

    I’m sincerely hoping that future presenters will read and follow your suggestions here. I was complaining to one of my colleagues about the horrible presentation style of all of my sessions — they broke just about every rule of yours. After going to so many painful presentations, it was so nice to attend (and enjoy) the JKI sessions.

  4.  
    August 14, 2008 | 1:28 pm
     

    David: Thanks for the nice feedback. Also, it was great seeing you at NIWeek. Thanks for hanging out and chatting with the JKI team at our booth :)

  5.  
    PJM_LabVIEW (aka Philippe Guerit)
    August 14, 2008 | 1:56 pm
     

    David: Thanks for the nice words. I take it you were happy enough to have selected JKI presentation as the last one of the day :P. I wish we could have more time to elaborate more on some of the cool UI “secrets” we were talking about.

  6.  
    August 15, 2008 | 6:44 am
     

    Great post Jim. I do believe that if your recommendations were generally accepted that NIWeek would be forever the better.

    I was one of the people running late, so I certainly appreciate your posting these presentations!

    Thanks and I’ll see you next year at NIWeek 2009!

  7.  
    August 15, 2008 | 8:24 am
     

    It was great seeing to too, Matt. And, thanks for coming and hanging out with us at the JKI booth. We’ll definitely see you next year and hopefully sooner!

  8.  
    Albert Geven
    August 16, 2008 | 10:45 pm
     

    Thanks guys

    I only was able to join one of your presentations and I really enjoyed all the nice pictures you showed us. About quality:…. that is your trademark, so continue.

  9.  
    August 17, 2008 | 3:01 pm
     

    Albert: That’s very nice of you to say! We’ll try hard to keep the good stuff coming :) We hope to see you again, next year.

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