This a list of my points (and some of Guy Smith-Ferriers, John's and Richies points), of what went wrong at this session. I will add to this list when I get feedback.
- I was very tired meaning that I was not enthusiastic as I could be.
- Due to the events on the Friday, I had lost my confidence.
- Vista on my laptop would not work with the projector, which rattled me, and I had to switch to XP.
- Starting 5 minutes late, rattled me (due to projector issues).
- My Laptop wasn't setup to do the demos in XP.
- Vista is much faster than XP, meaning that my samples were being slow, and this rattled me.
- I usually psyche myself for a presentation beforehand, which i never got a chance to do
- I mistakenly agreed for the lights to be switched off, which disconnected my from the audience.
- I frequently switched between the demo, and the code, not giving folks a chance to absorb the code, and the impact of the demo
- It wasn't clear which bit of code I was referring to
- Still a little rushed, may'be packing too much in
- I turned my back to the audience a couple of times
- I got a little lost in my first demo (due to being rattled), and it took me time to get back on track
- I was very nervous
- It was my first ever one hour session, and there is a difference between this and 20 minute sessions
- I never really let my style, and enthusiasm come across, due to the above events
- I kept to time pretty well, and got across what i wanted to samplewise
- I had a backup copy of XP
- I felt my knowledge of Silverlight really came across
- I think people will come away from this session, and be able to get started with Silverlight
All in all, I was very disappointed with myself, and I know that I can present so much better than I did. However I do have a good list of points that I can really work on to improve my presentations.
The bad news this was my better session, as the following session was a real disaster. I will follow up on what went wrong with this session later.
I still have to post up the samples, which will be later on