TIPS FOR SPEAKERS AT DUST OR MAGIC

EQUIPMENT: The presenter's table is alike a sandbox -- just use what you need and try it out ahead of time; and there will be fast free wi-fi.
Elements include:
• Two projectors and regular sound and lots of help to get your Mac or Windows rig setup. If you are on deck, feel free to setup on the second projector while the current presenter is going.
• Multichannel sound -- We'll have a sound person under the table.
• A document camera for iPads, iPod Touches/iPhones, or printed matter. Traci -- I'm hoping you will get smart on the projection equipment and the document camera.
• Two types of microphones.

FEEL FREE TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX. Want to launch a bunch of balloons with a note? Explode a bottle of soda? Make your entrance in a helicopter? Fly a robotic camera around the room? It's been done (except the helicopter). Just don't get us in trouble with the Inn, the DNA, EPA or FBI.

YOUTUBE/BLIP TV/SKYPE: It is your choice about how you want your talk to be shared online. Dust or Magic is about "good discourse" and making difference for the field of children's interactive media. We want to extend your talk beyond the small audience in the room. A few ground rules:
• tell the group up front if you want them to turn off recording devices. But also tell them when they can turn them on. This group tweets a lot.
• I post the stuff on YouTube. When I do, I send you the first link for your approval. You always have the option to have it taken down.
• If you want to try a broadcast or bringing in somebody via skype, that's OK too...

OK, on with the tips --

TIP 1: RELAX AND HAVE FUN. WE WON'T LET YOU FAIL AND WE WON'T POST SOMETHING YOU FIND TO BE EMBARRASING.
The last thing I want for you to do is to sit in pool of sweat the entire time. I always tell people, with this group you could stand up, say your name, and say "any questions" and you'd have a great talk. Really! So relax and play; thing will go wrong but we'll fix them for you. Let your passion for why you're in this crazy business drive the talk -- make it intrinsically motivated and not motivated by fear of failure. And if you do flop, Daren will do his little grass skirt thing.

TIP 2: SHOW, THEN TELL Pictures and videos of real kids work better than talking about them.

TIP 3: WATCH A MORE CAPABLE OTHER
Jeff Braun (The story of Maxis)
http://www.youtube.com/childrenstech#p/c/4C94CA0EA4C7E456/3/3g1OZlj0dSQ

Daren Carstens (How I made an App)
http://www.youtube.com/childrenstech#p/c/4C94CA0EA4C7E456/7/slUYeRz4Hc0

Carolyn Flexor (The craft of design)
http://www.youtube.com/childrenstech#p/c/4C94CA0EA4C7E456/4/DV96SQzDXK4

Want more? Here's the Dust or Magic Playlist
http://www.youtube.com/user/childrenstech#grid/user/4C94CA0EA4C7E456

TIP 4: USE A DUST OR MAGIC THEME
Dust stories are about mistakes, trainwreck products and admissions that you are human. It's honestly and people love to hear them. Just make sure you don't get in trouble with your legal department. Magic is that look in a child's eye.

TIP 5: TELL THEM THE WAY THE WAY IT SHOULD BE
These are the people who are making the future. What do you want them to walk away from your talk with? What should the leave Dust or Magic with? Don't be afraid to imagine, play, dream and inspire. Start your last slide with "I have a dream...."

TIP 6: DON'T SELL
PR fluff undoes the wine. Plus, if you do sell, Picky Teacher will be on you like a swarm o' bees (ugly stuff). It is OK to prepare one slide with your name/title/contact information, but then get it out of the way and start informing (Scott Traylor is a master of this). You can also put stuff on the handout table, say, if you have a book; also send us your bio with links.

TIP 7: PRACTICE, KEEP IT TIGHT, AND WATCH YOUR TIME
Unless I've talked with you, count on 20 minutes, and then look for me to see how you're doing. If we're OK, we'll let you know; otherwise take some Q/A. If you have more technical stuff; let me know.

TIP 8: ENJOY THIS AUDIENCE
I've put a list of participants below. It is a small group of smart people who will change the world. What should they know?