How to prepare for your first lecture

How to prepare for your first lecture

Call for papers on all sides, inscriptions, workshops, meetups, and numerous opportunities to expose your work to people, but you do not know where to start?

Your problems are over!

We write down the best tips by none other than Jessica Felix! The girl in the hat knows a lot about the subject and had the help of Morganna Giovanelli (Co-founder of Caqui Coders) to make a Shawee’s Manual for your first time as a speaker.

Let’s go?!

Pitch time at Uber HACK, Uber’s hackathon organized by Shawee

Choosing the topic is the first step and when it comes to deciding what you are going to talk about, it is important to remember a few points:

  • Innovation

Presenting a known subject isn’t a sin, but be careful not to speak more-of-the-same. No one wants you to reinvent the wheel, but presenting something that is not so original can make your speech repetitive/dull.

How to solve this without having to get a miraculous idea out of your head for your 1st time?

Easy: bet on the saga! The saga begins from the point already known by the audience, but from this, you can pull unique stories and points of view that you have built from the experiences you have lived. That way you avoid the “dull” factor, without having to take a rabbit out of your top hat on your first try.

  • Identification

Usually, people tend to pay more attention to issues with which they can create some identification, issues that generate empathy. If there’s some level of familiarity with the subject matter (a pain in common, a similar experience) it’s much easier for your audience to care about what you have to say.

  • Tension

It’s not cool to make too much of a detour to reach the main point of the subject you’re presenting, but it’s always good to create a little tension. When you generate an expectation it becomes easier to catch the attention of the audience. Knowing how to be a good storyteller is the key!

  • Fluency

Do not worry about knowing all the technical terms, the people in the audience have to understand you 100% and very likely not all of them are familiar with technicalities. So focus on delivering content, not difficult words.

  • Organization of topics and subjects

Know exactly what you intend to talk about. If necessary, arrange the lecture in bullet points, but do not stick to slides or anything that can let you down. Remember that people are there to watch your talk, not to read an article on the big screen.

  • Don’t be too harsh on yourself

The chances of things work out 100% in your first lecture are very small. But, it’s important that you don’t force yourself to get it right at first. After all, practice leads to perfection (or as close to it as possible).

  • Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse!

Speaking of “practice,” practicing your talk is always a good idea. Better yet if it’s in front of an audience! Call your friends, your family, and train hard. Exercising public speaking will help lower the pressure of the first time.

Now that you know what to do, follow Shawee’s social networks and stay tuned for speaker calls. We’ll be lucky to have you on our Community Day for your first lecture!

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