I gave my first non-tech talk at ElaConf Nov 2015 last weekend. ElaConf is a conference that empowers women in tech and its proceeds all go to Girl Develop It. Learn more about it at elaconf.com. Why do I call my talk non-tech? Because the talk does not feature any code and it does not feature any technical problem that I solved.
My talk was titled "Preparing for your first talk" but it's applicable to anyone who is preparing for any kind of talk - technical or otherwise. I was inspired to give this talk after writing this detailed blog post on how I prepared for my first big conference.
Some of my tips and tricks were very well captured by the wonderful artist who was sketch-noting at the conference as well as one of the attendees.
Your 1st talk w/ @yashvprabhu #elaconf pic.twitter.com/EVFLedMQgQ— ELA Conf (@elaconf) November 21, 2015
Lots of great presentation advice from @yashvprabhu! ✨ #elaconf pic.twitter.com/fN5SVlKzE8— Alyssa Dill (@alyssadill) November 21, 2015
One of my suggestions was to wear a blazer to cover food spills. (True story: This happened to me at AnDevCon moments before I went on. My blazer saved the day!) A lot of attendees loved this and tweeted it out!
Tons of great advice from @yashvprabhu abt prepping for talks. My fave: wear a blazer. Looks prof & covers food spills if need be #elaconf— LeeAnn Kinney (@_leekinney) November 21, 2015
When presenting, wear a blazer. Not to look good, to cover food spills. 😅And don't forget your power pose @yashvprabhu #elaconf #notetoself— Rachel Vertuca (@rachelvertuca) November 21, 2015
@yashvprabhu was hilariously honest about preparing to present a talk like how a blazer is handy to cover food stain on your shirt #elaconf— Kelsey Leljedal (@KelseyLeljedal) November 21, 2015
I wouldn't have been able to give this talk without the wisdom of the people who have done this before me so I'm listing all of the resources I have used over the past year:
Technically Speaking is a newsletter with information on call for proposals and public speaking, with a focus on technical topics by @chiuki and @catehstn.
Write/Speak/Code empowers women software developers to become thought leaders, conference speakers, and open source contributors.
Book: Present Book: A Techie's Guide to Public Speaking
Garr Reynolds' Prezentation Zen
Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery
The Naked Presenter: Delivering Powerful Presentations With or Without Slides (Voices That Matter)
Book: Confessions of a Public Speaker
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