Cathrine Wilhelmsen

Information & Communications Technology

Business Intelligence Data Warehousing Data Integration ETL Azure Data Platform Azure Data Factory Microsoft Data Platform SQL Server Integration Services SSIS Biml BimlScript SQL Server SQL

Oslo, Norway

Uhms and Bunny Hands: Tips for Improving Your Presentation Skills

Are you considering becoming a speaker, but feel nervous about getting on stage for the first time? Have you already presented a few sessions and want advice on how to improve? Do you learn more from seeing examples of what you should NOT do during a presentation instead of reading a list of bullet points on how to become a better speaker?

Don't worry! I have made plenty of presentation mistakes over the years so you won't have to :)

In this session, we will go through common presentation mistakes and how you can avoid them, as well as how you can prepare for those dreaded worst-case scenarios. Don't let those "uhms" and "uhhs" dominate your presentation, help the audience focus on the key message you're delivering instead of making them read a wall of text in your slides, recover gracefully from any demo failures, and stop distracting your attendees with floppy bunny hands.

All it takes is a little preparation and practice. You can do this!

Session Level: 100 / Beginner
Session Length: 30-75 minutes
Prerequisites: None :)


Cathrine Wilhelmsen

Senior BI Consultant at Inmeta | Data Platform MVP

Cathrine loves teaching and sharing knowledge. She is based in Norway and works as a Senior Business Intelligence Consultant in Inmeta, focusing on Data Warehousing, Data Integration, Analytics, and Reporting projects. Her core skills are Azure Data Factory, SSIS, Biml and T-SQL development, but she enjoys everything from programming to data visualization. Outside of work she's active in the SQL Server community as a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, BimlHero Certified Expert, author, speaker, blogger, organizer and chronic volunteer.


Cathrine is based in Norway, but loves traveling and speaking internationally.

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