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Speakers, respect your audience

Dear Reader,

At Sunshine PHP 2019, I saw 1 speaker in a dress shirt and a tie. I ask this person – he is a friend of mine – why so formal? His response was priceless to me.

“I want to show respect for my audience.”

Contrast that with the fact that I saw two speakers deliver talks in T-Shirts and shorts.

I think sometimes those of us who speak at conferences a lot forget the fact that everyone else in the room paid money to be there.

Whether you are just getting into speaking, or you have been doing it for many years, take a moment before your next talk to reflect.

Respect your audience. Do your best to deliver value to every single person there. Present yourself it in a way that is not distracting to anyone.

Respect the fact that you are there only they because they paid to be there.

Until next time,
I <3 |<