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Tim Hibbard CEO for EnGraph software

Jeff Julian and John Alexander were nice enough to let me speak about the library last night at the Kansas City .net User Group meeting. I've never spoken in front of that many people before, and it was quite an experience. I didn't do a very good job going over the concept or the history of AJAX, but Jeff was there to bail me out. Thanks Jeff!! I really appreciate the feedback that people left me and I look forward to giving this talk again at the South Carolina Code Camp.

I have a new found respect for people that give geek talks all the time!! The toughest part was know that some people were right there following the talk and understanding the concept, and that some of the people I had lost a step or two ago and were having a tough time putting it all together. I guess you'll never give a talk where everybody will be on the exact same page, I wonder how seasoned speakers get the slower ones up to speed while not boring the people that understand everything you talking about. I've been at plenty of talks when I was a little behind the speaker or didn't quite grasp the concept, and that is more frustrating that being bored because I already know what the speaker is talking about. So I guess I answered my own question. It's more important to go back to the basics of a talk if not everybody is ready to go to the next step.

I've posted some startup instructions on using and the code from the demos we went over last night.

And then on the way home, I blew out a tire. I really enjoyed putting on a spare in my dress clothes while you crazy Kansas City drivers flew past me on 435!!

Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2006 12:52 PM | Back to top

Comments on this post: Kansas City .net User Group - May 2006

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I'm up here from Dallas working on a contract and thought I would stop in for your presentation. I think it went pretty well but I could tell that some people where a little behind. I think you recovered pretty good. Keep it up and thanks for helping out the community.
Left by Erik Lane on May 24, 2006 1:13 PM

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Awesome! I wish I had paid more attention ahead of time, that way I would have come out to your presentation.
Yes, presentations can be difficult when you are presenting to differing experience levels (and you always are). I like doing them though because of that challenge.
There are a few helpful blogs out there with some great advice on of the key things I picked up is:
1. Tell them what you are going to tell them.
2. Tell them.
3. Embellish on the topic with different examples. That way people who don't quite get it can see it a few times and those that do don't get bored with the same example time and again.
4. Tell them what you just told them.

And practice, practice. After you've given the same presentation once, you see how well it did and you can improve on it the next time.

Lastly. and trust me on this, presentations always go better than the speaker feels they do.
Left by Robz on May 26, 2006 12:30 PM

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