Talking at Conferences: A Beginner's Guide

Talking at Conferences: A Beginner's Guide

By Smylers from
Date: Thursday, 30 August 2007 15:25
Duration: 20 minutes
Target audience: Any

You're at this Perl conference, attending some of the presentations, and contemplating giving it a go next year? Or you're feeling overawed by some of the big names speaking, and wondering if you have a chance of being on a programme with them? (Clue: you do.)

This talk includes tips for the would-be speaker, including picking your subject matter, submitting a proposal, working out what to include, writing slides and notes, dealing with live demos, and speaking in front of an audience.

Smylers has talked at a number of Perl and Linux events, with experiences ranging from the well-received to the downright shambolic. Here he tries to share some of the things that worked.

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