Tip for excellent presentations: don't be afraid to appear ridiculous!

End of last week, I recorded a series of videos offering tips for giving excellent presentations. I will, of course, let you all know when they are posted on YouTube.

But one of those tips is:

Don't be afraid to take some risks!

And I talk specifically about using humor in our presentations, while also making sure that the humor is directed at oneself or one's product/technology. NEVER MAKE FUN OF YOUR AUDIENCE.

I also suggested, in that same vein, that you should not be afraid to appear ridiculous, silly, whatever. People learn from other people, and the less you are like a robot, the more people will like to listen to and learn from you.

To prove beyond a doubt that I really, truly mean that, on my most recent two minute tech tip with Bob Rubhart of OTN, I decided to sing, live, the lyrics to PLSQLville, sung to the tune of Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville.



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