Bear Bibeault wrote:The issue is that one cannot download the ebook from ganyx without supplying one's email address and agreeing to be spammed at it.
Bear Bibeault wrote:Please award my book to the next winner as the terms that must be agreed to in order to download this book are not acceptable to me.
Burk Hufnagel wrote:Almost forgot to ask, in the book, or elsewhere, do you recommend tools to make presenting easier?
Burk Hufnagel wrote:Is it aimed at just technical presentations for technical conferences, or is it wider than that?
Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:I didn't realize we were limiting the discussion to conference talks.
Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:When very senior people in an organization have a question, sometimes you have to answer it...
Burk Hufnagel wrote:Don't think that you can't ask questions, just because you're presenting information to a group. You absolutely can - though I'd stay away from anything that sounds like a teacher calling on a student who hasn't been paying attention.
Burk Hufnagel wrote:Based on the excerpt on Amazon, and the answers you've given to people's questions, I think I'm going to be reading 'Presentinh for Geeks' in the near future
Burk Hufnagel wrote:I do wonder though if you recommend displaying code when speaking to developers? One of the things I've noticed over the years, both as a presenter and as part of the audience, is that most developers start losing interest in most topics if they don't see some code every fifteen minutes or so. This is especially true if the topic is about some aspect of writing or testing code. Is that something you've seen as well?
Burk Hufnagel wrote:I was wondering about what motivated you to write the book, and who your target audience is?
Burk Hufnagel wrote:Whether on a napkin or whiteboard, most geeks I know are pretty comfortable sketching system architectures, screen shots, flowcharts, etc. to help someone else understand problems or potential solutions.
Burk Hufnagel wrote:I don't know if you're familiar with the book "Back of the Napkin" by Dan Roam, but it's has another take on presenting without slides.
Burk Hufnagel wrote:Before the presentation, talk with some of the people in the audience.
Burk Hufnagel wrote:If you notice that things are taking longer than expected due to unexpected questions or requests for more detail, it may be possible to ask the audience to wait until after the presentation is complete before you respond so that you can deliver the information to everyone on time and those interested in more detail can get their answers without inconveniencing the others.
Burk Hufnagel wrote:If it's a meeting with managers, and the questions/details are pertinent, then they may agree to set aside more time for the presentation.
Burk Hufnagel wrote:Please excuse me for jumping in, but I've read (and own) quite a few books on presentations, and I think you'll find Chapter 6 of the book "Presentation Patterns" interesting as it describes several patterns/anti-patterns concerning live coding demos that you might find interesting.