Workplace Presentations 101
for IT Professionals

Saturday, March 12th, 2011
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Microsoft NERD Center
Kendall Square, Cambridge MA

Whether you are a new sysadmin or an IT team leader, presentations are an important part of your job. Need to convince your boss and work team that you have the right solution to a problem? Be sure to address the issues that are most important to them. Want to go to that conference again next year? Give a great report to your group when you get back. Hoping for that next promotion? The better you are at explaining your work, the more clear it will be that you are the right choice!

Designed expressly for IT professionals, this seminar will introduce participants to an array of tools and techniques to help them confidently plan and give presentations to their managers, colleagues, executives, and customers. You will learn and practice essential skills such as designing a talk to fit your audience, subject, and available time; effective use of software tools for presentations; and what to do (and how to feel comfortable) when you are finally in front of your audience. Participants will give practice talks and get feedback from the presenter and each other, and leave ready to tackle their first workplace presentation.


Morning   Afternoon
8:30 - 9:00   Check-in, snacks   12:30 - 1:30   Lunch
9:00 - 10:30   Lecture   1:30 - 3:00   Lecture
Practice talks
10:30 - 11:00   Break   3:00 - 3:30   Break
11:00 - 12:30   Practice talks   3:30 - 5:00   Practice talks
Wrap-up lecture


Analyzing the requirements for your presentation
Preparing your content
Preparing your materials
Practicing your talk
Getting ready to give your talk
Giving your talk
Common mistakes and problems


Adam Moskowitz is the son of two public school teachers, and has been teaching since 1977. He started with swimming and first aid classes for the American Red Cross, then as a Teaching Fellow at the Harvard University Extension Program, then full-time for six years with Instruction Set, teaching classes in C and Unix programming and Unix system administration as well as “train the trainer” for those same classes. He has given tutorials at the USENIX Systems Administration conference (LISA) as well as presented several talks at those same conferences (and others). As part of his job he has made presentations to his peers, his manager and his manager’s peers, to the entire executive management team, and to the whole company.


Saturday, March 12th, 2011
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Microsoft NERD Center       [info]
One Memorial Drive
Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA       [directions]
Cost: $20 per person, payable in advance
Lunch and snacks will be provided
Parking is available in the garage beside the building
Cost is $10 for the day
The use of public transportation is strongly encouraged
The NERD Center is just a few blocks from the Kendall Station on the Red Line



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