I’m sure many people have mixed emotions about the prospect of speaking at a conference because public speaking is still one of the number one fears in the world. Even people who you think are natural at speaking in front of thousands of people have fears. Ask Jeff Jonas!
This fear can be overcome, and thanks to the DB2Night Show’s “DB2’s Got Talent” Competition, you can slowly build up the skills you need to create a presentation that conveys content you want to share and to speak in front of others. You’ll get feedback, you’ll be recorded, and you can learn from your mistakes and do it again. I can’t think of a better way to build presentation skills.
This will be my third year acting as a judge on the competition. I must say that I learn an incredible amount simply by listening to the presentations and offering feedback.
I hope you’ll consider joining our cast of contestants this year in our quest to build more talent in the DB2 pool of experts.
Here are the details of how the contest works along with a few tips: Contest Information
Why should you take part in this competition?1) To win a great prize
2) To become better at public speaking
3) To build a network of talented people in the DB2 world
4) To become better at your current job or to help you get promoted to your next job
5) To share the knowledge that you’ve created that will likely help someone else.
There are plenty of tips on the internet to help you overcome the fear of public speaking, but here are a few tips from me for those who wish to take part in this competition.
First, watch the replays of the past two competitions. This will give you an idea on the topics that you can choose for your presentations and you’ll quickly see the difference between good slides and not-so-good slides. A good presentation vs a not-so-good presentation. Simply by watching you’ll improve your skills.
Secondly, you’ll be asked to create a short presentation and speak to the attendees on the webinar. Speaking in person versus speaking on the phone can be quite different and hopefully you’ll find speaking on the phone less intimidating to start.
Third, you’ll be given feedback from the judges as well as host Scott Hayes. Our intention is to encourage you, so you won’t be publicly trashed like Simon Cowell does to the contestants who face him! You can use the feedback to improve your slides, your style, and your choice of topics.
Here are links to the past shows.
We HAVE a winner! DB2’s Got Talent Competition
Session 1 of the DB2’s Got Talent 2012 Competition
Session 2 of the DB2’s Got Talent 2012 Competition
Session 3 of the DB2’s Got Talent 2012 Competition
Session 4 of the DB2’s Got Talent 2012 Competition
DB2’s Got Talent Finals – Round 1
DB2’s Got Talent Finals – Round 2
DB2’s Got Talent Finals – Round 3
Summary of 2011 Competition
Sample presentationIn Session 4 of the 2012 competition, Klaas Brant gave a presentation and tips to help you. Here is what I wrote in my blog about his presentation:
Extra Special Presentation – Klaas
DB2 LUW Prefect IO Configuration
This was a real presentation and a good one, at that. Klaas gave this primarily to show the contestants a well organized presentation, that is interesting and informative. If you are moving on, or if you simply want to improve your presentation skills, take a look at what Klaas did to get some ideas. The first thing I noticed and mentioned on the show is how appealing graphics are. I’m not sure if I would have said that before, but after today’s amazing 8 presentations I can say that the ones that captured my attention to the fullest were the ones that had graphics. And not complex graphics, rather simple ones that are make a connection to the technical material being discussed. Here’s a summary of the tips we gave over the past month:
- Get rid of all typos.
- Use simple graphics.
- Finish on time.
- Run in Presentation mode.
- NEVER ever try to present without slides.
- Choose an interesting topic that is not routine or found in the manuals.
- Speak loud and clear.
- Don’t send too much time on I am and thank you for being here.
- Even if the presentation is small, give a small agenda (I’m going to talk about x and the solution for it).
- Define the environment where the “problem” occurs.
- Clearly explain the problem and why this is a problem.
- Explain the solution (watch your time…).
- Any “extra” advice.
- Where to obtain more info (references, email me, read my blog etc.).
- That’s a lot for 4 minutes! Even Klaas went over time. Remember to practice, practice….
And for good measure, here’s an article I found on the internet from Forbes: “How to Conquer the Fear of Public Speaking” by Nick Morgan.
I hope I’ve convinced you to give it a try. You have nothing to lose, but much to gain!