This morning I had the opportunity to talk at the TAG/ATDC Entrepreneurs group using the material from my Iterate or Die articles. I wanted to say thanks to TAG and ATDC for inviting me to speak as well as say thanks for everyone who attended. As for public speaking, I always enjoy the opportunity to speak in front of an audience and talk through something I feel strongly about, like the need to pivot and change directions in a startup. Here are a few things I try to do when given the opportunity to speak publicly:
- Develop slides that tell a story with simple pictures and as few words as possible (see Beyond Bullet Points)
- Respect the time of the event and leave a few minutes at the end for questions
- Thank the people that invited me as well as the audience for attending
- Emphasize a theme and takeaway message from the talk (ideally most people will take away one or two items from the talk)
- Make my email address available for people to ask questions after the event has finished
Of course, there’s nothing revolutionary here but I find that following these simple tactics results in a good outcome.