Presenting PresentationCamp Toronto!

Posted December 30th, 2009 by Chris Gurney

Want to learn how to make your presentations better? I know I do!

PresentationCamp is yet another BarCamp-style event that is focussed on helping each other learn more about the design and delivery of presentations. PresentationCamps have taken place in SF, Seattle, LA, and elsewhere, and have followed the traditional BarCamp format.

I want to launch PresentationCamp in Toronto, but we’re going to do things a little differently to begin. Rather than start off with a full-day event, let’s have a two-hour-long, weekday evening event, with eight (8) ten-minute presentations. If there’s enough interest — and I don’t doubt that there will be — we can expand this to a full-day affair.

You in? Great! Your first step is to follow @prescampTO.

Now, leave a comment below or contact me directly if you think you can help me with the following:

  • Presenters. Do you give presentations for a living, and have tips to suggest around a given topic, such as a presentation style?
  • A Venue. My guess is we’ll need a large auditorium, and we’ll aim for around 200 people to attend. I’m reaching out to Ryerson (host to ProductCamp and the next two DemoCamps), but if you have contacts at, say, Rogers or MaRS, please let me know.
  • Sponsors? I’m hoping we can do this first event without the need for paying sponsors, but if the venue needs cash to open up for us, then we’ll need to offset the cost. Are you interested in sponsoring PresentationCamp?

Drop me a line, or simply follow @prescampTO for updates. Let’s do this thing!

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8 Responses to “Presenting PresentationCamp Toronto!”

  1. Ron Grimes Says:

    Hi Chris:
    Can you add me to any sort of mailing list you have about PresentationCamp. I’m interested in working with the ideas, but I’m also going to be out of action for the next month or so for a (medical) operation.

  2. Alex Sirota Says:

    I am interested in giving a presentation on the power of open source in government.


  3. Resolutions Says:

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  4. Chris Gurney Says:

    Hi Ron,
    I don’t have a mailing list setup as of yet, but I will be sure to add you to something as soon as I do! Thanks for the support, and good luck with the operation, if it hasn’t happened yet!

  5. Chris Gurney Says:

    Hi Alex,
    Though I’m interested in your particular presentation, what we’re looking for this event are presentations on topics relating to giving presentations. Would you be able to give such a presentation?

  6. Sacha Chua Says:

    That’s awesome! =) Looking forward to it.

    There are two topics I’m curious about exploring, so you can pick one. ;)

    Rocking the Remote Presentation
    (why face-to-face presentations are so overrated ;) )

    Two Hundred People Easier than Two:
    The Shy Connector’s Guide to Speaking in Public

    Snazzier titles will probably come up as I think about this. =)

  7. Steve Says:

    Hi Chris,

    If you’re still looking for a venue, I have a 200 person capacity venue that I can secure for you for free. Email me if you’re still looking.


  8. Chris Gurney Says:

    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for the offer! I’ll shoot you an email.