Five Tips for Giving a Professional or Technical Talk


This post is by Charlie O’Donnell from This is going to be BIG


At Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, we put on a lot of events, with many different speakers.

Sometimes, the speaker is doing something like this in public for the first time, so I thought I’d take the time to share some of what we’ve learned from the best talks, and what I’ve picked up from doing a lot of public speaking myself.

(BTW… I’m always happy to come give a talk, join a diverse panel, or do a Q&A with your entrepreneurial or investor group. Just reach out and ask.)

Here are five important things to remember:

1) Do you know why you’re interesting?

Most interesting people don’t know why they’re interesting—because they’re not nearly as interesting to themselves as they are to other people. The people who invited you knew why they brought you, but I find that the reason some talks don’t do so well is that the person doesn’t actually know—and therefore they don’t really understand the narrative they’re being asked to share. They don’t have a guidepost about how to give answers. Knowing this helps direct your answers towards some kind of central theme and asking those who brought you in “Why me?” also forces them to think about the same. Some organizers don’t actually know—and they just decided to invite any random VC, software developer, or founder—hence their really boring, generic questions.

2) Think about the “Why” behind moves you make.

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