This isn't a new speaking tip - and it is one I've stolen from several other speakers on the conference circuit - but I want to explain how it made me feel to use it.
I started my talk at Hackference Birmingham with an impassioned plea to the audience. If you don't understand something I've said - please don't wait for the end of my talk. Stick your hand up and ask. Because I guarantee you, several other people will be just as confused.
Here's a few of the acronyms I threw around without thinking:
- PR (Pull Request)
When I do Science Communication, I try to ensure that every new concept is defined as it is used. There are people who use the web every day who have no idea what HTML is, or what it stands for.
So I have two requests for you, gentle reader. Firstly, tell your audience that you're comfortable being asked to clarify things. Secondly, if you're in the audience and feeling confused, stick your hand up.
"Please interrupt me if I use an acronym or term you don't understand. I guarantee that if you're confused, so are several other people."
Thats how I started my talk at #hackference yesterday. And it worked!
I got (politely) asked to explain several things. 😀
— Terence Eden (@edent) October 13, 2018