This week my guest is Jessica Rose. Jessica speaks at developers events all over Europe and the US.
She took time out from her busy schedule to join me to answer questions on public speaking. We talk abut her first talk, preparing for talks, speaking to audiences whose first language is not English, and so much more.
Vince Lombardi is famous for this exhortation to his players. He told them to play with every fiber of their being, to “leave it all on the field”. As a presenter, you have to learn this lesson as well. You have to bring not only your ideas, but your passion. Once on the stage, you have to use up all of that passion, you have to leave it all on the stage.
This means give it your all. Give it 100% Don’t hold back in intensity, in knowledge, in passion. Give it to them with both barrels. When you finish, you should be emotionally spent.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
The great American author and poet, Maya Angelou wasn’t talking specifically about public speaking when she penned this line. It is still, however, a poignant point for all developers wanting to present at technical conferences.
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