I’d read all the blog posts and heard all of the advice: slow down, speak loudly, tell a story. But goddamn, no one told me I’d have to put my laptop down on the ground twenty feet away behind a couch because that’s the only place the projector’s VGA cable would reach.
Rule #1: Always bring your own equipment, even if it’s just a backup. Assume the venue is full of black-hearted liars that want to see you look like a fool in front of hundreds of people. Everything else is follow-through.