Nathan Gold

Presentation Coach, Trainer, and Speaker

For the presenter on stage at DEMO...

If you are the one doing the speaking on stage at DEMOfall 2010, you know you need the practice. In fact, if you are really serious about doing well on stage, you'll be practicing the script dozens of times this week and next. It's like preparing for a marathon. You need to run many marathons before the actual marathon. DEMO is like a marathon. The only problem is sometimes it is hard to get the person who will be running the demo to be there while you practice. They might be the ones actually programming the product for DEMO and have little time to devote to practicing. So, here's my best tip of the day for the presenters: Get someone in your organization to record the screens that will be used at DEMO using a product like Camtasia. It's very simple to use it and it's even free for 30 days! You can learn how to use it in 5 minutes. You can quickly record all of the demo screens and edit out the pauses and screens that won't be used. Finally, Camtasia lets you instantly produce a movie or video of the screens that you can use to practice with. All you need to do is press Play and rehearse the script. You will get a much better sense for timing this way and you'll know where the clock should be at every turn of your script.