Have you ever wanted to speak at a conference, but not known whether you're good enough or how to start?
"DevOps Engineer", Mozilla Research
Given a talk or two?
Never spoken, might want to?
Don't want to yet?
Tools + Techniques
Where does it go?
Who's using it?
What would happen?
Why's that bad?
Disappointing the audience?
They won't get what they wanted.
Pick something to say
Find people who want to hear it
What do they want?
Choosing a Topic
What's your favorite talk? Why?
How can your experiences help others?
What do you spend your time on?
What do others ask you for help with?
The Missing Tutorial
List all your topics.
It's OK to be new
Run it by a mentor.
Choose a Conference
Who's your audience?
Talk to people!
wants happy attendees
You want the right audience
Mark your calendar
Lie to yourself about deadlines
Don't count on an extension
Your talk in <5 words
Programs will snip lo...
Don't be too fancy
Summarize one of your topics in 5 words or less.
The promise your talk fulfills
Show you know your audience
Read other submissions from past years
Compare accepted vs declined
archive.org is your friend
Are you new to ___? Have you struggled with ___? Come learn about how ____ can help you ___! I used ___ to ___ at ___ to accomplish ____, and you can too!
Summarize topic in one sentence.
"How has knowing this changed my life?"
3rd-person, 2-3 sentences
Shown in program
Demonstrate English fluency
Write 2 achievements + 1 relatable fact in 3rd person.
So much writing!
How To Slides
Improve every day
Expanding your notes?
Organize topics on index cards
List key points
It's bad to write your slides with
complete sentences. Not only does this detract from the words you're saying
with your mouth, but it creates a wall of text. When a slide has an unreadable
wall of text on it, the audience feels anxious that they might miss an
important point buried within the paragraph.