I'm a little behind on this post. 2 Red-eyes in 1 week has messed up my sleep schedule.
The tough thing about presentations is that you usually only get 1 shot. Thankfully, the folks at eLearnDevCon gave me 2 for the Captivate sessions.
Session 1 was 80% Captivate users. THis seriously disappointed those who expected me to teach them Captivate during the session - particularly this one old man who seemed really out of his element. I have a feeling he didn't understand 3/4 of what happened in the conference.
I kinda let this guy get to me.
One of the attendees came up to me after the session for moral support:
You know - he was really out of line. You shouldn't have let him get to you. We got some GREAT information. And you did a great job adapting to everyone's questions and the flow of the session.
Such is the risk you take when you open up the sessions. I had a plan, but I wanted to make sure the majority got what they needed. I figured you ought to take advantage of the face-to-face format - questions and interactivity.
Taking the feedback from the first session, I made some adjustments. The second session went more smoothly - in my mind. Of course, I also didn't get the same level of give and take as I did the first session. Partially because everyone was in post-lunch coma. Partially because it was the last session of the conference and everyone was thinking about their travel plans. Still, it was well attended and I got some great feedback.
At the airport, I ran into a fellow presenter. We were kicked off our US Air flight onto a SouthWest flight for the leg to Las Vegas.
Yeah, my first session was pretty rough. I felt much better about the second session.
Even after rehearsing, I found that it is tough to predict how that first audience is going to react....
For those of you who are experienced presenters, do you have any tips for making the first presentation less nerve-wracking?