“Last moment” story shifts how client represents himself at major conference

by Terry Gault of The Henderson Group

Nishanth Anil is a Bangalore-based Developer Evangelist at Xamarin, one our clients. Xamarin provides their customers with 3 capabilities for mobile software:

  1. Build: A platform for cross-platform mobile application development that delivers native apps and reuse of 70% of code. They promise: “Create native iOS, Android, Mac and Windows apps in C#. Xamarin apps look and feel native because they are.”
  2. Test: A cloud-based testing service to ensure high quality application performance. Users can “Automatically test your app on 1,000 devices in the cloud. Write your own tests, or have our engineers create and maintain a test suite for you.”
  3. Monitor: An analytics tool that reveals how people use mobile applications. Improve your apps with real-time monitoring. Track crashes and exceptions and understand what is happening with live users.”

Nish recently send us an email thanking us for our work with him at the recent Xamarin Evolve conference. I’d worked with Nish before and his delivery was solid. But his content, while informative and professional, was a bit dull. I was urging Nish to incorporate a theme to make the talk more sticky and fun. He was not clear how that would work and was even hesitant given that his talk was scheduled for 2 hours after our coaching session.

When Nish said, “I’ll give them a guided tour of iOS 8” my brain lit up and we were off and running. His video of that talk with the opening story is embedded below his emailed thank you note.

Thank you so much! You do not know how much your training has benefited me.

I was hesitant to add a personal story to my “tech talk” in the last moment. But, I am glad I listened to you. A personal story not only grabs attention but also boosts my confidence as a speaker.

Yesterday was one of the largest tech conferences in India – Microsoft TechEd and I was able to do an amazing talk here too! There were so many attendees that the hall could not accomodate. some guys sat on the floor, on the way, stood at the back, and interestingly they sat outside the hall were the organizers streamed my talk in a TV.

People loved it. Here’s what people talked about my presentation both in person and on twitter.



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