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Speaking can help you Level Up

Dear Reader,

Level Up

Speaking is a great way to get your name out there among your peers. The marketing term is “Thought Leadership” but in gaming it’s called Leveling Up. Regardless of what you call it, getting up in front of a group – especially a group of your peers – and presenting on a topic will help elevate you in the eyes of the audience, and also the community in general. Talk enough on a single topic and you will level up and become known as the “X person.

  • The Unit Testing person
  • The Security person
  • The DevOps person

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A Speaker’s Bag Breakdown

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I do a lot of speaking at conferences. because of that, I’ve learned to carry everything I need and then some. This post describes everything I carry and why.

Haven’t We Been here Before?

Back in 2009 – as I was preparing for one of the most interesting conferences I ever took part in, “Marco Tabini’s Traveling PHP Road Show ” (aka CodeWorks ’09) – I posted a picture of what I pack in my bag for traveling as part of a post about CW09. Recently, when going through my blog, I ran across it and thought it might be fun to contrast what I carried then with what I carry now.

Here is everything I carry on every trip. When traveling domestically with the Lovely and Talented Kathy, I also now carry my podcasting gear. That is not pictured in this breakdown, however, if anyone is interested, I’m happy to do a breakdown of that as well.

Before I start, it should be noted that I thought I carried a lot of stuff back in the day. I actually switched to OSX in part because the Macbook Air was lighter than any other laptop on the market at that time. Of course, that didn’t take into account all the Apple crap you have to carry WITH it. :) Overall, though, even though it looks like a lot, my pack is still about 10lb lighter now than the previous picture.

My Current Bag:

a breakdown of what I carry in my bag when speaking at conferences.
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When preparing a talk, don’t get lost in translation

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15637063327_7edaeaeb5c_mA word of warning. When developing technical presentations for conferences, there are a lot of things that you as the presenter will have to worry about. There is one however, that a lot of presenters skip over, cultural relevance. If you plan on giving your talk in a country outside of your own, you need to think carefully about your opening, any jokes you tell, and any anecdotes you share. More than one speaker has presented a talk to their home crowd in their native language and nailed it perfectly, only to find that in a different culture, it falls flat. You don’t want your talk to get lost in translation on it’s way to your audience. 

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When speaking, things will go wrong. Be ready to roll with it

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3623548417_4d19aaa038_mWhen you are speaking at a conference, it does not matter how prepared you are, sometimes things will go wrong. It could be something as simple as your microphone’s battery dies half way through your talk. Sometimes you may find that the projector has overheated and shut down. On the far end of the bad things scale, you could find yourself presenting in a dark room to a group of very confused listeners because the building you are in has lost power. No matter what happens, you as the speaker need to be prepared to roll with it. It’s ok to spend a few extra minutes futzing with things to see if you can get things back on track, especially if you haven’t yet started. However, at some point, you’ve got to call it, and simply say, I’ll present with what I have.  

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Public Speaking for Developers II

Dear Reader,day camp 4 developers: Public Speaking for Developers II

It is that time again, time for the Day Camp 4 Developers December Edition. This year we are back with 5 great talks revolving around the topic of “Public Speaking for Developers II”.

We presented the first one back in 2013 and developers from around the world dialed in to improve their speaking ability and process.

Become better at public speaking!

In Day Camp 4 Developers: Public Speaking for Developers II we’ve got all new speakers and five great talks that we think are even better than the first one. (and 5 absolutely wonderful sponsors!)

So if you are a developer and you speak at conferences, get your ticket now for “Day Camp 4 Developers: Public Speaking for Developers II”.

If you want to get into speaking but don’t know where to start, get your ticket now for“Day Camp 4 Developers: Public Speaking for Developers II”.

If you manage a development team and want to build esprit de corp while improving the skills of your developers, get an Office Party ticket for“Day Camp 4 Developers: Public Speaking for Developers II”.

Managers, we want you too!

Directors of IT, Team Leads, Developer Managers, just because you are management don’t feel you are exempt from the learning. Block out some time and participate as well. Make sure you don’t miss our closing talk by Jon Shearer! He is a manager and he understands how important the skill of public speaking is to the developers on his team.

Join us for “Day Camp 4 Developers: Public Speaking for Developers II”. Invest a day in your career.

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