Recently it was my privilege to deliver the closing keynote at php[tek]. I wrote a new talk “Uncle Cal’s Career Advice to Developers”. This post isn’t about the keynote itself, but about the process of writing it and what I learned.
Telling a story is easy, telling a relevant story is hard
In “Career Advice” I tell 2 stories. To get those two stories I discarded 6-8 other stories. Some stories from my career, other stories I came across during my research. When giving a keynote it is very important that you not only tell a good story to keep the audience interested but that you tell a relevant story so that they understand where you are going.
By the way, as much as I think I chose the right stories, Samantha Quiñones story of the two researchers at Stanford and UCLA who in effect created the Internet was much better. She brought it back home at the end as well. Her’s was a story well told.
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Until next time,
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