Submissions/Presentation clinic

From Wikimania 2013 • Hong Kong

This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2013.

Submission no.
Subject no.
Title of the submission
Presentation clinic
Type of submission
Author of the submission
Phoebe Ayers, Phoebe
See talk page for original proposal.
Welcome to the first annual
Wikimania Presentation Clinic!


Helping make presentations more awesome since 2013


Etherpad notes from the session: [1]

What is this?

This is an informal pre-conference workshop to help people (especially those giving a presentation at Wikimania) practice their presentations in a supportive environment and gain tips on how to present more effectively. This a friendly, drop-in, interactive session to share information between all of us -- novice and experienced presenters alike!

What kinds of things will happen in this workshop?

  • Some discussion between experienced presenters on tips and tricks for presentations
  • Some full-group exercises
  • 5-minute slots for individuals to give (part of) their presentation in front of another person, and receive feedback

Who is it for?

  • Anyone -- experienced presenters or not -- who wants to hear other ideas about presentation skills and practice their presentations. Especially geared towards those who are new at giving presentations or not comfortable doing so, or those who just want to practice their Wikimania talk to make it as great as it can be! We encourage all interested Wikimania presenters to drop by and at least practice their talk during one of the group practice slots, as even one practice in front of a small audience can improve a talk immeasurably!


in progress: subject to change at the workshop. Please leave your ideas on the talk page!

Part 0: preparation

  • participants will get more out of this workshop if they:
  • bring a presentation that they have been working on / have finished
  • have a laptop or printout of slides that they can present from
  • have already practiced the full presentation once in front of a mirror
  • feel free to show up early to the workshop to practice: the room should be empty. I may be able to arrive as soon as 15:00, but no promises

Part 1: full group & panel

  • 15:30-16:05, 35 minutes

for this part, we will work together as a group to practice presenting skills and share best practices.

  • Introductions, overview (5 min)
  • Exercises: 'elevator speech'; posture, positioning, pacing, mics (10 min)
  • Discussion: slides and presentation content (15-20 min)
  • Message -- what do you want people to remember? What can you tell them that's unique?
  • Audience - who is it, and how can they get involved?
  • Lessons learned - what surprised you?
  • Anticipating questions (especially wikimedia questions)
  • Break

Part 2: individual presentations & discussion

  • 16:05-17:00+ 60 minutes, depending on signups

for this part, individuals will pair up, practice their presentations and get feedback.

  • Paired presentation practice 1 20 minutes (10 minutes per presenter: present for 5 minutes, discuss for 5)
  • Discussion: how to fix things that go wrong (15-20 min)
  • how to edit on the fly
  • tech support
  • overcoming stage fright
  • the distracting question (aka "but what about...")
  • the questioner that won't stop
  • Paired presentation practice 2 (20 minutes - present for 7 minutes each, 3 minutes each for question practice)
  • if people want to continue practicing their presentations, we can continue past the official ending time

Sign ups

Are you interested in practicing your presentation during this session? Please sign up below ~~~~ so we know roughly how many people to expect

  1. your name here...

Room, location and time

  • Thursday, August 8
  • Rm N002
  • 15:30-17:00

Hey I have a good idea!

  • ideas, questions and experience are welcome -- we have never done this before at Wikimania, so it's an experimental session. Please leave all feedback on the talk page.
  • What do you want to learn / need help with? Tell me on the talk page.


Interested attendees

If you are interested in attending this session, please sign with your username below. This will help reviewers to decide which sessions are of high interest. Sign with four tildes. (~~~~).

  1. Jdforrester (talk) 20:52, 21 April 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Daniel Mietchen (talk) 22:56, 22 April 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Fuzheado (talk) 18:03, 23 April 2013 (UTC) - excellent idea that is long overdue[reply]
  4. JayWalsh (talk) 00:21, 24 April 2013 (UTC) - this would be fantastic. I can't add too much, but as someone who helps a lot of WMF staff ready for public speaking, I'd be happy to help![reply]
  5. Netha Hussain (talk) 19:06, 24 April 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  6. Interested in the idea, and may participate. CT Cooper · talk 00:09, 29 April 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  7. I would attend. Blue Rasberry (talk) 18:09, 30 April 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  8. Sbouterse (talk) 00:16, 1 May 2013 (UTC) Great idea![reply]
  9. Simon Shek/石 (talk) 00:42, 4 May 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  10. Axel Pettersson (WMSE) (talk) 13:21, 6 May 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  11. MPelletier (WMF) (talk) 17:57, 6 May 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  12. Interesting :) Waldir (talk) 14:18, 14 May 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  13. Happy to help out and/or give an intro to LaTeX--Beamer slides. --Pgallert (talk) 06:47, 30 May 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  14. Dsvyas (talk) 23:16, 23 July 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  15. --Dvdgmz (talk) 15:24, 5 August 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  16. Excaliburplex (talk) 05:50, 8 August 2013 (UTC)[reply]