A 10 Step Program For Great Tech Talks

VM BrasseurPart of DW17

You know the code and the project. You’re doing lots of cool stuff. You have plenty of slides. So why is the audience all doing their email?

It doesn’t have to be that way! Great presenters are made, not born. The way to become a better speaker is through training, science, and practice. In this audience-participation tutorial, veteran conference presenter VM (Vicky) Brasseur will teach you the ten steps to great tech talks:

  • Know Your Audience
  • Have an Idea
  • Tell a Story
  • Craft Your Presentation
  • Practice Your Talk
  • Get Ready to Speak
  • Present Yourself
  • Deal with Demo Failure
  • Interact with the Audience
  • Continue the Conversation

If you have never attended a speaker training before, this workshop will show you how much better your talks could be. If you have, you might pick up a few tips and ideas. And if you’re presenting at /dev/world, this tutorial will give you some last-minute changes to tweak your talk.

In VM (aka Vicky)’s nearly 20 years in the tech industry she has been an analyst, programmer, product manager, software engineering manager, director of software engineering, and C-level technical business and open source strategy consultant. Vicky is the winner of the Perl White Camel Award (2014) and the O’Reilly Open Source Award (2016).

Vicky occasionally blogs at http://anonymoushash.vmbrasseur.com, often writes and is a community moderator for opensource.com, and frequently tweets at @vmbrasseur.