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A Girl Walks in to a BarCamp...

By Stephanie Fisher | 07.23.2015

Here's a little not-so-secret secret I want to share with you: I don't really like to get up and talk in front of people. Not in a formal, Power Point kind of way.

I used to get on stage with my band back in the day and ROCK a mic and electric guitar, no problem. I'm also perfectly at home on stage playing a part in a play or musical.

But, place me behind a podium with a slide deck and a laptop and I turn into an awkward, stunted version of myself (at least, that's how it feels on the inside as I'm talking to a group of people). 

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Not long ago, however, I gave an impromptu presentation to my fellow SpinWebsters. Repeat, I had not planned anything and I got up and talked!

I spoke about a new meal planning service that I've starting using (Cook Smarts, check it out, for real) and gave a short demonstration of the product.

Why would I do this? It wasn't even MANDATORY! I had planned to be a passive audience member that day, because frankly I was unprepared.

Let me explain.

We do this thing once a quarter called BarCamp. 

What is a BarCamp and why is it awesome? It's basically an unstructured conference, an unconference (if you can handle calling it that).

And here are the reasons to love BarCamp style, peer learning events.

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How to Deliver a Great Presentation (My Top 5 Public Speaking Tips)

By Michael Reynolds | 03.18.2015

I do quite a bit of speaking. I'm not super-fancy like Chris Brogan, David Meerman Scott, or Christopher Penn (all business speakers that I admire) but I have had some pretty good gigs. I've spoken at HubSpot's Inbound Conference, Web 2.0 Expo, and a lot of industry conferences.

I really love speaking. I find the energy I get from sharing ideas and teaching not only helps me get better as a marketing professional and business owner, but it's just plain fun for me.

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While I'm not super-fancy (as we established earlier) I do get consistent feedback that I am often the most highly-rated speaker at conferences and so it seems that I do have a knack for delivering a great presentation. As a result, I'd like to share some of my tips that may help you if you're interested in becoming a better speaker. If you're already a pro getting paid to give keynotes you may not have a lot to learn from me. However, if you're a business owner or CEO interested in building a following as a speaker or a business professional simply looking for ways to give better internal presentations, I hope this helps.

Here are my top five tips for delivering a great presentation.

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