From your first inkling of an idea to your first time giving the talk, we hope you'll leave confident and ready to be an amazing speaker.
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It's common to have feelings like "I don't have anything interesting to say" or "My audience would know so much more than I do", but the fact is that not only are there going to be people in any audience that don't know what you're sharing, but that even if folks do they'll get something out of your talk because you will have a unique take on it - just by being yourself!
Once you've arrived at an idea, how do you get it accepted? Pitching your talk idea is the biggest barrier to giving it, but the good news is that there are things you can learn to do to have a really strong abstract. It may not be accepted to every conference, but we won't be surprised when we see some of this year's attendees as next year's conference speakers.
Some event organizers are able to provide mentorship to speakers as they prepare their talks. The input they provide helps us to end up with better talks. There are some patterns that come up pretty often, and we'll learn from mentors on what they see most commonly that we can all improve on.
The more time you put into practicing your talk, the better your presentation will be. Speaker notes or text on slides are great tools for you while you're honing your presentation
There's more than one way to turn your abstract into a talk, but in most cases you'll have more ideas and content than can fit into your time slot. Paring down your talk without losing the message is a skill we can all develop.
You're not done after you've given the talk. Ask for feedback, listen with an open mind, and consider whether you should incorporate it back into your talk. Every time you give it will be the best.