How to Give a WordCamp Presentation That Matters

Don't give even one more boring presentation. Learn from Chris Lema, Cory Miller, and Andrea Middleton's decades of shared experience about the simple things you must know before giving any presentation. With practice, anyone can deliver a meaningful and memorable presentation.

Do you want to simply talk, or do you want to change lives?

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Each of our sessions are digitally broadcast live and typically feature 3 separate presenters each focusing on a specific aspect of some WordPress topic. Each presenter will have roughly 30-40 minutes allotted for instruction and 15 minutes allotted for Q&A at the end. This means that, typically, the session will run three hours start-to-finish.

About This Session

Are you interested in presenting at a WordCamp (or another event entirely)? Have you given a presentation before and were underwhelmed by the response? Or maybe you’ve been in the audience of a poor presentation and are afraid to repeat the presenter’s mistakes?

No matter what state your presentation skills are in, no matter what topic you want to present, this event aims to make you a better presenter. Not just a slightly better presenter, but an order of magnitude better.

If you’re looking to deliver a valuable, memorable presentation that has the power to change minds and lives, you owe it to yourself and future attendees to hear this session. And if you’re not looking to provide life-changing value, why are you wasting time presenting?

Anyone who takes the time to watch this session and absorb the unique perspectives and decades of insight that Chris and Cory provide will be a measurably better presenter when they’re done.

Session Schedule

This live session will take place July 19th, 2014, starting at 1pm EST.

July 19, 1pm EST – Presentation Preparation – Chris Lema
How do you come up with a topic? Do you write everything down word for word? How long does prep take you? – These are questions Chris gets every time he presents. Come hear his answers and approach for creating a talk people will remember weeks or months from now.

July 19, 2pm EST – Presentation Preparation – Cory Miller
Cory takes a slightly different approach to his preparations, and his style is vastly different from Chris’s. This difference is neither more nor less effective, and that’s why it’s important to hear. Seeing how these different approaches yield a similar outcome will help you to broaden your perspective in terms of presentation style and see that there is often more than one right answer.

July 19, 3pm EST – Delivery Tips + Q&A Panel – Chris Lema, Cory Miller, & Andrea Middleton
You have lots of questions, and Chris, Cory, and Andrea are prepared to answer all of them.

July 19, 4pm ESTBONUS: Presentations that Change Lives – Andrea Middleton
How do you change someone’s life with a WordCamp presentation? Andrea will talk about ways to identify the unique, inspirational story you have to share. She’ll dive into detail about how your voice has the power to impact hundreds and thousands to bring about real, measurable change in their lives.

About the Speakers

Andrea Middleton

Andrea Middleton has managed WordCamp Central for three years and loves what WordCamps do for the WordPress community. A native of Portland, Oregon, she spends her free time blogging about wine and her amusing progeny.

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Chris Lema

Chris Lema is the VP of Software Engineering at Emphasys Software, where he manages high performers and oversees product development and innovation. He’s also a blogger, ebook author and runs a WordPress meetup in North County San Diego.

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Cory Miller

Cory is a former newspaper journalist turned full-time web entrepreneur. In January 2008, he founded iThemes in his home, fulfilling a lifelong dream of running his own company. Now iThemes has grown to over 20+ team members, hundreds of products and thousands of customers worldwide.

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