Here is a quick run down of things weâ€™ve found that work/donâ€™t work after a few years â€œon-airâ€.
In order to ensure the widest compatibility across devices a screen resolution of 1024×768 is ideal. Running the presentation software inside a VM or in something you can RDP into might work best.
An external USB microphone is preferred. Next, dial-in. Finally, if you must, VoIP with your onboard microphone. Presenting from a quiet place works best, too.
A few things that have worked very well in the past:
- Live demos (if possible)
- Slides (technical/in-depth, that promote conversation between the presenter & attendees)
- Deep technical focus — not just “why”, but “how”
- Attendee engagement
It is quite alright if you work with or for a vendor. On the #vBrownBags we are all one big community. However, keep in mind, this is not an hour long sales or marketing pitch. Weâ€™ve found that if you state up front that you work for a vendor, most folks will be cool with it, as long as your content is sound.
Things that donâ€™t work:
- Sales focused, or thinly-veiled marketing pitches
- Competition bashing/FUD
If you have attended the VMTN podcast, there is a lot of overlap between the groups. The folks here are looking for deep technical knowledge in a particular area. If you’re new to presenting, DON’T PANIC. The #vBrownBag crew aren’t professional podcasters, and we don’t expect it of our presenters.