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Public Speaking: A Conference Organizer’s Perspective

Dear Reader,

My good friend Adam (@adamculp) and I spent a few minutes answering questions about how talks are selected in a CFP. If you’ve ever wondered, about the process, give it a listen.

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Speed bumps in my talks

speed bump aheadDear Reader,

Ever get tripped up on a word, phrase, or sentence when you are practicing a talk? I hate it when that happens to me. A sentence or a phrase that sounded so clever when I was writing the talk, but when I am practicing, it never comes out right. I stumble over it, I say it wrong, eventually, it becomes a mental speedbump for me and if I am not careful I spend more energy trying not to screw that one line up than I do on actually communicating the point to the audience.

…There is more…

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Lessons Learned Writing a Keynote

Cal Evans presenting at phptek 2016Dear Reader,

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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They all end the same

Dear Reader,a thank you note

You’ve just finished your talk. You finished it on a high note, with a mic-drop moment. You feel good as you bask in the glory of the applause from the audience, you are on an emotional high. You aren’t finished yet. Before you leave the stage, you owe the audience one more thing. You owe them a thank you.

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Thank you

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Photo credit: “Thank you” by Vyacheslav Bondaruk