Presentation of Practical Uses for Prototypal Inheritance
(PDF) at JS.chi
went fairly well tonight. Whenever it came up, I asked "What can I do better?" and I got some good answers.
- Talk slower. I kind of knew this was coming, but it will take practice. I may also look into dropping the presenter interface, since making me stop and think will have a natural slowing effect, even if I miss a few jokes, setups, and add a few ums. Will need even more rehearsal though. Perhaps the notes should be just the next-slide hints and particular details, still making me think about the exact phrasing.
- Use demos instead of straight slides. A slightly more interactive element make it more relevant.
- Don't assume things about the audience. There were no questions so I said "Well, people are either awed or bored, I'm not sure which." I should have just left it alone.
- I made too many assumptions about the audience's knowledge. I tried to cover some basics of prototypal inheritance, but assumed that everyone knew how class/instance systems worked.
I got a recommendation to check the meetup reviews for more feedback, so I'll have to keep on eye on them for more ideas.