April 7, 2014
The Importance of the User Experience
Below is the slide deck from a presentation given in Atlanta, GA. The animations and movies fail to play, but the basic gist is still relevant.
Bad UX Examples
Good UX Examples
I also referenced the Android UI/UX discussion presented at Google IO. You can watch this UX presentation on Google Developer.
April 5, 2014
It’s one of the most frequently asked questions I receive when speaking at an event. “Do you reuse your presentations?”
My answer is one I’ve thought about carefully and can answer quickly. No. But I don’t usually leave my answer at that. I like to explain my reasoning why. As I said, it’s a question I have been asked often because it’s certainly the simple thing to do. I travel around the globe speaking in remote parts of the world and many times on the same or very similar topics. Isn’t it smarter to practice, practice, practice the same talk to deliver it with ease and confidence? I’ve decided something different.
I believe the problem with this concept is – rather than becoming more prepared, I would tend to become lazy, not thinking or preparing but rather relying on my past deliveries and that it’s an old slide deck I’ve done many times before. And the result would be an uninteresting, boring talk.
This means I must spend the time to prepare for each and every talk. It also means it will take even more of my time because I must, must practice. My high school speech teacher would be proud. He instilled the principles I still use today:
- Never Write It All Down
Obviously, it’s important to make an outline, be sure to be clear and concise with your points and make sure you’re coherent. But you should never write your speech out word for word. This makes you attempt to memorize and lose your intensity.
- Practice and Practice
Don’t leave it to chance. You should always practice your entire presentation from start to finish. Outloud. You can use a mirror, you can video yourself, but you must vocalize your presentation and practice what you plan to say.
- Be Self Aware
You should always know what your body is doing while you speak. Don’t fidget. Keep your hands calm and relaxed. Be aware of any pacing, rocking, or unnecessary body movement.
There are of course many more lessons I’ve learned but I will leave those for another post.
Show Them What They Mean
I believe I am sending a message to the audience when I prepare a presentation just for them. Because it’s more than just a slide deck (as mentioned above), it’s the time, the thought, and more. All these things tell the audience I care about them; they are important to me; and I respect and value the time they are giving to me. It’s a responsibility and an opportunity that shouldn’t be taken lightly or done with a sense of apathy.
Most importantly, you can easily be real, and passionate about your message if you follow these steps and prepare fresh presentations for each of your talks. Try it, you may find your next speaking opportunity to be your best ever.
February 22, 2014
Get Rich Quick With Joomla!
This is a talk I gave recently at a JoomlaDay in Boston, Massachusetts. I think it is important to view the entire presentation before making any judgements!
Get Rich Quick Slides
November 22, 2013
Bringing Back The Mullet
Here’s the slide deck and the associated video for a fun talk I gave at the Joomla World Conference 2013.
And below is the video of the talk, though I admit I hate hearing myself speak!
September 24, 2013
The Future of Joomla
This is the slide deck for a presentation given at JoomlaDay France 2013. The topic was the future release of the Joomla content management system.
September 21, 2013
Joomla! and You
The following presentation was given at JoomlaDay North Carolina 2013. The focus was demonstrating how easy it is to get involved in the Joomla! project and the many opportunities available
September 13, 2013
Joomla!, The Future, and You
This presentation was given at Joomladagen Netherlands 2013. Below are the slides.
May 22, 2013
Radical Joomla! Ideas
Below are the few, simple slides used to present radical ideas at J&Beyond 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
April 26, 2013
Responsive Templates in Joomla!
This is the slide deck for a talk given at JoomlaDay Guatemala 2013.