11 Unusual Methods for Being a Great Public Speaker
Prakash Panangaden taught me everything about public speaking. The first thing he taught me when we were in Kaiserslautern, Germany, for my “fascinating” talk titled “A Mechanically Assisted Proof in Category Theory” was ‘never go to the porn shops here. They will rip you off.’ In a 24 hour period, I was chased by a lunatic, accused of stealing at the hotel I was staying at, kicked out of a bar for reasons I still can’t understand, and warned by my professor/mentor not to go to any porn stores or I would be ripped off. I was very very nervous about public speaking to these people (the name of the conference is so boring I can’t even repeat it). (a slide from my talk tomorrow) So when the conference was having their big banquet and awards ceremony, Prakash (my mentor at the time and co-author on the article I was presenting) took me to the speaking hall. We were the only ones in the speaking hall while everyone was in the banquet. He said, let me see your slides. 2) Get on their level.
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