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Discussion on: What's a better way to start a conference talk than "Uh... okay, so I guess it's time to get started?"

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Lou — Cloud Engineer

I've always liked it when talks treat the talk like a conversation — no different than if you were sparking up conversation in the hallway. So like a comment about a previous talk, the venue, the food ... anything really that's relatable. And if you can make it mildly funny... bonus.

The whole launching into straight into a story thing is cool, and pretty captivating but since it's not TED it can feel a bit woo-woo. "It was a cold dark winters morning..." 😂All this being said, I think a basic who you are and jumping into the topic works... I don't think there's any need to overcomplicate things.

Also: Good luck! 😁😁😁😁😁

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Sean McPherson Author

Yeah, I don't think I'll be able to swing the TED introduction, but my friends have described me as "mildly funny." 😉

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Lou — Cloud Engineer

NGL — That did make me laugh, but only mildly.