If you have never heard of Damian Conway then allow me to introduce you to him(1). Damian Conway is a world-class trainer, speaker and presenter, he is also a programmer, author and educator. It is true that he is well renowned in the realms of Perl where he has been a contributor to, and trainer of, the language for a number of years. But to pigeon hole him there would be to do him an injustice as Damian is experienced in a wider number of areas that he presents on with confidence, charm and wit.
But he didn’t get to be that good by accident.
Damian has spent a number of years refining the craft of presenting technical talks to a broad audience. He has developed tactics and techniques to allow him to master an audience, hold them in his hand and direct them wherever he wishes.
The most interesting factor of this is…you can learn to do this as well.
When and Where
Damian will be presenting a one day course in London at Ambassadors Hotel, 12 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0HX on Monday 16th April 2012 and this should not be missed.
If you are a speaker on technical subjects, no matter what the actual subject, and you wish to learn from a master of the art then you have to sign up to this event. Damian is an Australian and so visits the UK rarely and presents this course even less frequently.
I was fortunate enough to spend a few hours with Damian doing a ‘vastly reduced’ version of this training as part of a larger group session last year and I can tell you that the presentation he gave as a part of that is now the basis of all my talk preparations.
He was so good that he was able to give me five things that I hold dear and I can give you five reasons as well:
1. This may be a once in a life time chance to attend this course.
2. You will learn new skills and have the best tactics shown to you.
3. You will learn preparation, assembling, presenting and evolving your material.
4. You will understand how much to use and how little you can use.
5. Like Damian I can use recursion.(2)
The UKUUG have this to say:
“The best and most effective presentations capture the audience quickly, hold their interest effortlessly, educate and entertain them in equal measure, and sometimes even inspire them.
This class explores simple and effective techniques for achieving those goals in any kind of presentation.
The first half of the class focuses on preparation, content selection, visual design, delivery, handling questions and effective techniques for presenting various kinds of technical information (code, data, statistics, charts, structure diagrams etc.)
The second half of the course is an in-depth tutorial on improving the ‘look and feel’ of presentation materials – especially Powerpoint/Keynote/Impress presentations. In particular, it demonstrates practical techniques for making your slides not suck! “
I can add no more superlatives without making this turn into some form of bromance, all I can do is once more insist that you sign up to this.(3)
(1) If you have heard of him stick around for the love.
(2) This is relevant to the talk Damian gave that I attended and you may come to understand if you attend this course.
(3) Just to note that I neither work for the UKUUG, nor am I employed by Damian, I simply knew of his talk and wanted to make sure you all knew my opinion that you all should attend.