Some of you may not know this, but I really enjoy making presentations for audiences.  When I got a chance to present at a conference earlier this past year, I was really excited about it.  Some people fear public speaking, but I love it.

One of my theories/secrets to making a good presentation is to inject a very healthy dose of my own personality into it.  The idea is that while somebody might be able to redo the content, they will not be able to reproduce the quality of the presentation and achieve the same psychological impact.  In my case, being an amateur magician for over 15 years, I toss in a blended mixture of statistics, research, psychology, editorial, and entertainment.  I make sure that my facts are correct, make sure my slides contain lots of pictures, tell a few good jokes, include a magic trick or two, and be confident on stage.

I am performing/presenting at Virus Bulletin later this year and I am doing some original work that will reflect some personal interests.  One of the ideas I was playing around with was how to detect deception.  I came up with the trick that appears at the bottom of this post.  That won’t work because it is too long (trick is 13 minutes and I only have half an hour to speak) so I need to do something else.  The one I am planning also packs a psychological punch.  But anyhow, the point is, I liked this trick so much that I thought I would repost it here.