ProductCamp Minnesota

Helpful Tips on Leading a Great Session

Leading a session at ProductCamp Minnesota is a great way to meet people, improve your presentation skills and demonstrate your leadership and expertise. It’s also a great opportunity to do something new, and we guarantee it’s an experience you won’t forget!

So if you are considering stepping up and leading a discussion among your own peers, allow us to offer you some things to consider as you plan your session. Over the last three years, thousands of professionals have participated in ProductCamps around the world.

We’ve all learned a lot about what works well, and some pitfalls to avoid.

What people love:
  • Interactive discussions
  • Active participation
  • Real-world anecdotes and stories
  • Group problem solving
  • Roundtables and town halls
What people dislike:
  • Sales pitches
  • Holding questions until the end
  • Excessive slideware (keep slides limited and relevant)
  • Sessions that don’t follow the stated topic/format
What to Bring:
  • Any presentation materials you need
  • Projectors will be provided in all the rooms, but you will need to bring your own laptop.
  • If you are using a Macbook, you must bring your own display adapter. The projectors have
    VGA connectors which are not directly compatible with Apple laptops.
  • Business Cards!
What to do:
  • Arrive early. I recommend arriving at 8 AM to register.
  • Promote your session! You’ll want to network in the pre-function area where voting is taking place so that you can answer questions about your session and solicit votes.