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I know this is not a programming request but I'm looking for some help from all you smart party people :)

I'm a member of a business alliance at my country club (I'm a little older than most of you . . . ) and I've been invited to give a talk at the next meeting. It's intended to be an "intro to what you do" and its only 15-20 minutes. So its brief and to not a very technical audience of mostly small/med business folks, lots of sole-proprietors (lawyers, accountants . . . you know, country club people).

I do a little bit of everything with a specialty in .NET/C#/WPF. What topic would you present?

  • The cloud for dummies
  • Intro to Google AdWords and/or Analytics
  • Staying away from viruses
  • Google Apps offerings (e-mail, calendar, etc)
  • VOIP for dummies

Any other topics you can think of? Again, it's only 15 minutes so it's a very brief deck.

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Are you aiming primarily to amuse or educate? –  Seva Alekseyev Oct 6 '11 at 22:19
1. this is too subjective to be answered here. 2. just remove the tech specs of your job and tell them what you do. "I make web pages that do such and such, here's how" –  jb. Oct 6 '11 at 22:20
@Kyle: No, conceptual programming topics belong on Programmers. Non-programming questions don't belong on either site. –  Robert Harvey Oct 6 '11 at 22:26
@Robert Bad wording. Sorry. –  Kyle Trauberman Oct 6 '11 at 22:29
either Google Apps or Cloud for dummies. –  Rudy Oct 7 '11 at 3:29
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Staying away from viruses would be my vote. Non technical people click way too many links. Maybe it will filter it's way to my non-tech friends and save me hours of 'fixing' their slow computers.

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  • Intro to Google AdWords and/or Analytics has more money and street cred in it for you.
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SDLC could be given an overview in 15 minutes. The key would be to keep it at a high level so that the audience could understand part of what happens at each stage in the cycle:

  • What do we want to build? (Requirements Gathering)
  • How are we going to build it? (Design and Analysis of Solutions)
  • Execute the place and what happens? (Implementation and Deployment)
  • Did we actually build it right? (Testing and Maintenance)

Not super hard but also just enough that it may help shed some light on why some projects can take so long or what kind of mindset one has in doing development work.

Alternatively, you could just explain how you are a problem solving enabling people to get stuff done.

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