As a conference speaker, what is your take on presentation?
Giving a good conference presentation is not easy. I am still learning every time I speak at a conference. First, as a presenter you are a storyteller and you need to craft a compelling story with takeaways. It’s not all about what you know or what the audience wants to hear from you. It’s about having a “hook,” building a bond with people and reinforcing your point of view with an engaging and authentic tone.
It can create a lot of pressure, too. I constantly reiterate the fact that the audience is there for a reason and I have to make sure they get value for their time and money, while I am striving to make a long-lasting, meaningful impression on them. But, what can feel like pressure is at the same time very encouraging, driving me to work harder, to practice the art of presentation constantly and to stay hungry for more knowledge to share with a crowd.
Outside of the conference context, I also believe that it’s very valuable to learn the skills to be a good presenter and public speaker, because you can easily apply them to your everyday life too. From good body posture to gaining a confident voice, it changes you for the better. It can be very rewarding and fruitful.