Yesterday I visited my alma mater, the University of Virginia. They have something called a “January Term,” a 2-week period during holiday break when you can take a really intensive class. Some co-workers are helping to instruct a class on chatbots.
Their students were preparing presentations for their final projects, and the class needed someone to talk about presentation skills and digital storytelling. Naturally, I couldn’t resist that topic.
I called my father-in-law first, because he’s a leader in Toastmasters and has given sales presentations for decades. (And I thought I had some public speaking experience!) He gave me 40 minutes’ worth of amazing insights, which I was able to incorporate into this slide deck.
It begins with a story about my getting stung by a Portuguese Man O’ War when I was 10. What do jellyfish have to do with public speaking, you ask? Pain, of course.
Update: The University created this amazing video about the class. Even though I just played a small role in this class, prepping these exceptional students for their final presentation, it was great fun!