Glossary of Patterns


Abstract Attorney (Antipattern)

An abstract attorney is someone who takes the description of the presentation from the formal conference brochure way too seriously. They’ll often comment (negatively) on any and all deviations from the abstract either during the talk (in the form of an often condescending question) or afterward on session evaluations or on social media.

Á la Carte Content

Creating a presentation “on the fly” using the interest of the crowd to guide the presentation. Typically, this approach begins with a set of related slides (often structured as a Talklet series) that can be alternatively arranged. This technique works well if you have more content than the time slot allows or the talk naturally breaks ...

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