My Lessons from Conference Presentations

It is inherently ridiculous for me to offer advice on delivering presentations at conferences after having done it a whopping TWO times. But on the other hand, (1) I’ve attended probably hundreds of conference presentations, and (2) my first conference presentation led to a gig as the keynote presenter at my second conference. Here are my five lessons from my experiences: Stop saying “Uh” and “Um.” This is probably the most annoying habit public speakers have. I find it so utterly annoying. The part that really vexes me is that it takes effort to emit that extra syllable. You’re doing work saying an extra word. Here are my tricks for eliminating uhh’s and umm’s from your voice – all the time

Avengers Assemble!

Spoilers, of course, for Avengers: Endgame and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I am an unabashed comic book nerd. I have been loving life since the original Iron Man movie in 2008, and of course I loved the original Avengers movie from 2012. I was surprised that the iconic rally cry “Avengers Assemble!” never appeared in that movie. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) teased it at the end when Captain America, with Black Widow beside him, began training the Falcon, Scarlet Witch, and Vision as the new team at the new Avengers compound in upstate New York. It wasn’t until Avengers: Endgame, the fourth Avengers movie and twenty-second film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that we finally heard it.

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