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Because you're not.

Why Conferences?

Networking

Bubbles

Learn Stuff

Be Inspired

Why Talk?

cool stuff

EXPERIMENT EXCUSE

social hack

people will come to you

other speakers

FREE

Personal & Career Development

soft skills

better developer

articulation

deeper knowledge

exposure

How To Propose

#1. Find a conference.

twitter: conferences & organizers

proposal conference websites

  • lanyrd.com
  • papercall.io
  • techspeak.email
  • github.com/watson/conferences
  • @mozTechCFPs
  • @TheWeeklyCFP
  • slack: speaknet.herokuapp.com

subscribe to newsletters

join local meetups

send multiple proposals

brace for rejection

What to say?

Do you even do anything interesting?

Want to?

years of experience?

nooberific?

Diversity

think like an organizer

value

community activity?

expense

BE CONCISE

read the CFP guidelines

don't be an ableist

crazy

(in)sane

dumb

lame

safe & welcoming

No Product Pitching

Think like an attendee

Theme

Takeaways

Avoid Frameworks

Personal Experience

STORY

Stepping Stones

go to local meetups

speak at local meetups

volunteer

local conferences

How to Talk

stage fright

outline

slides about slides

high contrast

big font

few words

Don't let people read everything that you are going to say because they can read faster than you can talk and you will bore them.

Don't read your own slides.

code

chunk it

large fonts

// no highlighting
if (joke() === true) {
  console.log("Why did the programmer quit his/her job?");
  console.log("Because s/he 
didn't get arrays.");
}
// no highlighting
if (joke() === true) {
  console.log("Why did the programmer quit his/her job?");
  console.log("Because s/he 
didn't get arrays.");
}

PRACTICE!

1 hr prep for every 1 minute of talk

rehearse out loud

record yourself

mirror, mirror, on the wall

friends and family

Did you pack your parachute?

Why?

How?

When?

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