Focus on one or two things to talk about. You can’t tell your entire intranet back-story.
Solutions are good, but problems are a lot of fun. Share your digital workplace woes with the audience.
Maybe put together four or five slides. Certainly no more than nine.
Tell the story:
- set out the challenge / problem;
- explain the impact of the problem (to the org and to people);
- showcase the approach you took to find / plan the solution (metrics, team members, processes);
- reveal the solution;
- discuss the implementation;
- express the impact and success;
- review any concerns, failures, or things you’d do differently.
Tell your story, share some heartache and some lessons.
- Practice! Do a dry-run to check your timing as 9 minutes will fly by.
- Don’t spend more than 20 seconds explaining your career or company backstory. Seriously.
- Don’t talk as soon as your next slide comes up – pause for a second to allow people to read (so they can listen to you).
- Limit the number of words on a slide, and use bullet points.
- Use eye contact and body language to speak to the people at the back. Yes, the microphone will work well, but it’s up to you to engage the whole room.
- Remember – everyone is here to learn! Intranet Now is a friendly event, run for the community, by the community, and people are genuinely interested in your story.