Brendan’s list of dos and don’ts (mostly don’ts) from his years of conference speaking.
Joschi gives the backstory to last week’s excellent Material conference in Iceland that he and Brian organised. I love that this all started with a conversation at Indie Web Camp Brighton back in 2014.
Amber describes Material much better than I could:
There’s an element of magic in the air that you get to grasp and breathe in when you gather in the same place with so many different people – people with stories and paths they could write books about. The passion, the ideas, the stories of difficult journeys (the behind-the-scenes that you never see on social media). All of this makes not a basic recipe for a good time, but one for a delicious, enlightening experience that I’ve not seen replicated in any other environment.
The only thing she neglects to mention is that her talk was very much part of what made the event so special.
The videos from UX London 2017 are available for your viewing pleasure.
1 day public speaking workshop in Brighton for digital professionals - £95 + VAT Tickets, Thu, 18 May 2017 at 10:00 | Eventbrite
I’m not going to be around for this, but I wish I could go. If you’re in Brighton, I highly recommend this one-day workshop from Matt. He’s been doing some internal workshops at Clearleft and he’s pretty great.
Here’s the opening keynote I gave at the Render Conference in Oxford. The talk is called Evaluating Technology:
Ignore the clickbaity title—you don’t need to do anything this holiday; that’s why it’s a holiday. But there are some great talks here.
The list is marred only by the presence of my talk Resilience, the inclusion of which spoils an otherwise …ah, who am I kidding? I’m really proud of that talk and I’m very happy to see it on this list.
The most important rule to follow when giving a talk or writing is to be yourself. I can learn just about any topic out there from a million different posts or talks. The reason I’m listening to you is because I want to hear your take. I want to know what you think about it, what you’ve experienced. More than anything, I want your authenticity. I want you to be you.
Jeffrey likes the new talk I debuted at An Event San Francisco. That’s nice!
Summarizing it here is like trying to describe the birth of your child in five words or less. Fortunately, you can see Jeremy give this presentation for yourself at several upcoming An Event Apart conference shows in 2017.
Lara’s new book really is excellent. I was lucky enough to get an early preview and here’s what I said:
Giving a talk in public can be a frightening prospect but with Lara Hogan at your side, there’s no limit to what you can accomplish. This book is your shield and sword. Speak, friend, and conquer!
Here’s the video of the talk I gave in Berlin recently. I had a lot to squeeze into a short time slot so I just went for it, and I got bit carried away …but people seemed to like that.
I’ve always loved Jeffrey’s writing.
Charlotte outlines the process she used in creating her talk at Dot York. It was a real joy to see it come together.
Here’s the full text of Charlotte’s fantastic short talk at the Dot York event last week. I’m so, so proud of her.
Here’s the video of the talk I just gave at the Beyond Tellerrand conference in Düsseldorf: Resilience.
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.