093: Oscar Santolalla - On Giving a Killer Technical Presentation

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Oscar is a fellow in this band of presentation podcast fellows, which includes many wonderful people (see also: Lea Pica)! We support each other. So, when Oscar let me know that he’s starting a crowd-funding campaign for his book about technical presentations called “Create and Deliver a Killer Product Demo and wondered if we could talk about what that means… I thought two things: 1) what is a technical presentation? And 2) You bet! Oscar is the podcast host of Time to Shine, an interview-based podcast about public speaking, and he has been studying and is now speaking about what it means to give a killer technical presentation – the likes of Steve Jobs and Guy Kawasaki. I have to admit: these kinds of presentations aren't normally my jam. The selling - the 'reveal' - but I'm reminded in watching these and talking with Oscar how important they've been to us as a culture. Taking our ideas and turning them into realities. When done right, they are about more than the stuff - they are about changing a part of our culture.

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"Part of the game is to change your mindset." @OSantolalla on @ThisMovedMe #presentationtip #publicspeaking #toastmasters

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On the show, we talked about:

  • What a "technical presentation" is - and its use, importance and artistry
  • The role that Toastmasters has played in Oscar's development as a speaker
  • Who Oscar admires in the technical presentation landscape - some of the same people who have changed the game of presenting as a whole (see: Steve Jobs!)

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And, some long-lost footage of when Steve Jobs first introduced the Macintosh. You guys, this is awesome: 

 
 
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SALLY:

Thanks to friend (and podcast guest) Aly Wallberg, I have discovered the podcast "Stuff You Should Know." The very first one I listened to was about the future of renewable energy - an interview with Bill Gates. I loved the hosts AHA moments - so genuinely wowed and interested in learning! I love that. It struck me that it was a fitting moment to share because the challenge that lies ahead is really about how we can translate our ideas beyond our brains into the culture of our audience.

OSCAR:

For Oscar it was watching a video of "Ára Bátur" by Sigur Rós. Here's a version at Abbey Road Studios, with London Sinfonietta and London Oratory Boy's choir... beautiful. A classically feel-good music moment, even if you don't know the native language.

Can I just tell you? My favorite moment is at the very end, when they just hold, quiet, and soak in what just happened.

Enjoy: 

 
 

Thanks for the reminder of how powerful these kinds of talks can be, Oscar.