Brian Sullivan Will Teach How to Own Small-Room Presentations During Workshop at Rocks Digital
Brian Sullivan is an international user experience (UX) researcher, who is passionate about making products that look good and work well. He currently serves as the Director of UX Operations for Sabre, and in his career has worked with AT&T, IBM, Burger King, American Airlines, SkyChefs, United Airlines and Carter Blood Center.
His presentations are legendary! With more than 14,000 followers on Slideshare, Brian’s presentations have been translated into 15 languages. His “Design Like Da Vinci” presentation was voted to the top spot at SxSW 2013 and “Pixel Perfect” was in the Top Five for SxSW 2015.
He has spoken at SxSW Interactive, Big Design Conference, IA Summit, UXPA International, User Friendly China, CPSI Conference and STC Summit. He founded the Big Design Conference, with more than 600 people in attendance each year with speakers from Disney, PayPal, Amazon, Pixar, Adobe and Microsoft.
Locally, Brian is the founder of the UX Dallas Meetup, which has more than 1,500 members; a mentor at the Addison Treehouse, where he consults with local startups launching their businesses; the Instructor of User Research and Usability at Southern Methodist University (SMU); and he’s the author of “The Design Studio Method,” which released in August 2015.
Speaking in Small Rooms with Confidence
Most public speaking does not occur on a stage with a large crowd, big screen, and microphone. In many cases, public speaking occurs in front of a small group in a small room. It might be your clients, prospects, stakeholders or people on your team. The dynamics of small rooms and a small crowd significantly change your public speaking approach.
When your public speaking occurs close-up, you have several exciting challenges and opportunities. In this talk, we will look at the importance of:
- Preparation with long or short-notice
- Presentation delivery and room dynamics
- What to consider when speaking to executives
- Keeping the conversation alive
All of this is designed to make sure you own the room the next time you have to stand-up in a small room.