As practice for delivering a 50-minute seminar to my fellow ETL Developers at BMI, I presented Speech 5 from the Toastmasters Technical Presentations manual. It was a whopping 12-15 minute speech and I didn’t go over time!!! Yay!!! (I normally blow through the red card and end up a minute or two over my time before the Toastmaster yanks off the podium.)
I think the speech went well. I only got off script a couple of times. (But at least I didn’t read it verbatim, which I too often do.) I lost some people during the demonstration portion of the speech, but that is where I cut a 40-minute demonstration down to 4 minutes, so I knew it was going to be too fast and too technical. I do hope that most of my non-technical audience at least got a glimpse into the world of an ETL developer, even if they didn’t understand it fully.
Please use the comments section below to ask questions and provide feedback. I welcome comments, questions, and constructive criticism about the speech and the content. Thank you.
Below are links to the PowerPoint slide decks I used, the speech I delivered and the support files for the demonstration I gave.