Eric asked me some questions and I was only too happy to give some answers.
If you’re at all interested in public speaking, this is a great insight by Lara into what it’s like on the day of a talk.
Continuing the topic of public speaking, Jenn has a really good technique for figuring out how to arrange the pieces of your talk without getting bogged down in designing slides.
Lena’s in-depth run-down of how she puts together a conference talk. If you’re new to public speaking, this is well worth reading.
This looks like being a very handy book on public speaking. I’m going to order a copy for the Clearleft office. I’ll let you know what it’s like.
Be willing to look like a dork:
Embarrassment about what others think has to be the biggest block to any learning. Embarrassment of looking silly. Embarrassment of looking stupid for asking the question everyone else is wondering about but no one is willing to make.
Chimes nicely with Charlotte’s recent piece, Be comfortable looking like an idiot.
I was talking to Charlotte recently about public speaking, confidence, and overcoming fear. She really hit the nail on the head when she said “I need to get comfortable with feeling like an idiot.”
Words to live by—especially if you’re working on the web.
Some great advice from Zach Leatherman in this …presentation (I almost said “talk”, but that wouldn’t be entirely accurate).
I felt a great swell of pride watching Charlotte give an excellent presentation at the Talk Web Design conference at Greenwich University.
As a speaker and a conference organiser, I heartily concur with just about every item in this list.
Marc and I have chatted before about the challenges involved in arranging the flow of talks at a conference. It’s great that he’s sharing his thoughts here.
I met Cesar at An Event Apart in San Diego earlier this year. We had a nice lunchtime chat and he suggested that I come on his show, Pencil vs Pixel. I was, of course, honoured and I accepted his invitation immediately.
The next 300 Seconds event is in just a few days time.
If you’re a woman who’s not spoken in public before, 300 Seconds is the perfect platform for getting started. Simply tell us what you’d like to talk about for 5 minutes – and we’ll be in touch soon.
I’ll be speaking at this event that Aral is putting on here in Brighon on the fourth of July (independence day — geddit?).
Some easily-digestible nuggets of advice on public speaking.
Get these down your earholes!
Remy has huffduffed all the audio from this year’s Full Frontal conference.
I had a nice chat with Michelle from Future Insights about the web and long-term thinking.
David shares his first ever speaking experience at the Responsive Day Out. I’m so, so happy he agreed to do it—he was great!
A great new site from Jenn and Yesenia: celebrating and supporting female speakers in technology.
Steven Wittens, who gave a terrific talk all about maths at last week’s Full Frontal conference, describes his experience at that most excellent event.
This is a really good initiative—a list of minimum expectations from conference organisers (although there’s clearly some differences between cheaper grassroots events and larger industry affairs).
Cute. I gave Dan some advice. He made it look all pretty.
I’m genuinely touched by Matt’s kind words on my Webstock talk. It really means a lot to me, coming from him.
Cennydd is a gent, slow to anger. So it took a lot to get him wound up enough to write about this issue. I’m glad he did.
Some good tips on public speaking from Dan.
I'm very touched by this description of dConstruct from Merlin. We were incredibly lucky to have him come and speak. He the man.
Excellent advice from Andy on public speaking.
A vivid first-person description of danah boyd's talk at the Web 2.0 Expo. I have to say, I'm not entirely surprised that she had a such a humiliating experience at such a douchebaggy conference.
If you live in the US, there's a good chance that I'll be speaking at a city near you in 2010. Here are five dates and places for An Event Apart; I'll speaking at all of them.
Glad to see "webinar" on this list. Shame about "lifestream."
British English slang dictionary with translations into American English.
Ridiculing the empty language of the corporate world one putrid word at a time.
There's a new London geek event going on. The inaugural evening next week features a nice selection of speakers. And it's free!
Some good advice on preparing presentations.
Tim Bray echoes my thoughts on conferences. "And let’s be brutal: at most conferences, there are two ways to get a talk accepted: submit an interesting talk, or bribe the conference organizer. Oops, sorry: I meant “be a platinum sponsor”."
Notes from Joe's @smedias. Please read the whole thing before (mis)judging what he said.
If you're involved in organising a conference, there are some really valuable lessons to be gleaned from Lee's examination of Reboot.
Joe shares his experiences of public speaking. There's some great advice here.
Mark your calendars. If you can make it Chicago in August, I'll see you at An Event Apart. I think this is going to be a lot of fun.
If you're in Dublin on the evening of the 8th of May, come 'round to Bono's hotel to hear me natter on about Ajax.
Meri asked me a few questions about public speaking. I was only too happy too answer them.
Meri has created a wiki where would-be speakers can get advice and mentoring from established speakers. I don't know if I'm established but I'm offering my services.
Scott Adams lost the ability to speak but by hacking his brain through the use of rhyme, regained it again. Paging Dr. Sachs, paging Dr. Pinker.
Joe's notes make for great reading, specifically "Accessibility is a precursor to usability."
Erik Spiekermann is speaking in London at the start of November. For just £15, this event looks like great value.
This is exactly the kind of timely research I need before next week's Ajax workshop.
Am I buzzword or not?
A list of articles discussing the impact of a reliance on PowerPoint® and bullet-point based communication.