London Web Standards July 2013 – How To Present + Lightning Talks (#lwslightning)

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Bruce Lawson (@BruceL), Opera open standards evangelist, is giving a talk at our next meet-up on Monday, July 22nd (at Forward), on how to do great talks.  Here’s what Bruce has got to say about his upcoming talk :

“Neo-Shambolique: how I give presentations”

“Originally an Opera internal training talk on presentation skills, I wouldn’t presume to claim that this is “how to present”. But it’s how *I* present to large groups of disparate people at tech conferences. You can be shambolic or immaculately prepared, depending on your personality. From safety piss (ensuring one) to taking questions (avoidance of), hopefully there will be something to help you get your message across and remain relatively unscathed.”


In a lightning talk each speaker gets just 5 minutes and 20 slides (15 seconds per slide) to share their thoughts. It’s a great buzz —you should try it! If you’ve never given a talk before, don’t worry, we are keen to find new speakers. If you don’t feel quite ready yet, we will be putting out another call for speakers later this year. In the meantime, come along and get some great tips from Bruce.

Propose a lightning talk

Tell us all what you’re working on, something you’ve done, or something you’ve learnt that would interest the group. We’re looking for a broad mix of topics with no experience of public speaking necessary.
Submit your talk idea to by this Sunday July 7th. Just send us:
  • The talk title
  • A summary of the talk in no more than three sentences
We’ll let you know whether we’ve accepted your talk by July 10th. You then need to send us your slides by Friday, July 19th.
Any questions, ping us an email at
Your talk may be recorded and, if you agree, published online. Our monthly events are free to attend and while Forward are good enough to provide the room, pizzas and beer, we don’t have sponsorship for anything else – so we don’t pay any of our speakers or contribute to travel.

Why you should do it

If you’ve done it before, you know why.
If you are a new speaker, one of the best things you can do, to learn how to present and speak better, is to do a lightning talk. Lightning talks teach you a number of things which are key to doing longer talks:
  • How to engage your audience quickly
  • How to stay on topic
  • How to pace yourself
  • Not to rely on fancy animations or complex demos
  • Not to read from over-stuffed slides
  • To rehearse your talk until you can deliver it smoothly
But the best reasons are that it’s great fun and a terrific way to meet new people who share your interests.
Key tips:
  • Keep your talk simple: one narrow topic only
  • Keep your slides really simple
  • Rehearse it until you don’t need notes
For more tips on how to give a lightning/ignite talk:
But most of all, don’t panic. We are a friendly bunch and besides, it’ll all be over in 5 minutes!
If you don’t fancy talking yourself, you might know someone who does.  Please help, by sharing this call for speakers on Twitter and email anyone you know who should propose a talk.
While we are on the subject, we are always looking for new speakers for our events, so if you think you have a full length talk get in touch anytime to propose a subject.

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