A conference for speakers on the craft of speaking

Speaking at tech events isn't a straightforward process. It takes work, benefits from experience, and repays investment.

Learn from some of the best conference speakers how they come up with ideas for talks, submit and get them accepted, research and write, and prepare their talks. And it doesn't stop there - incorporating feedback allows you to give your best talk every time.

We've invited some of the best speakers in the industry to teach you how to improve.

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.

This is our semi-confirmed lineup.

What ideas are good ideas?

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!

Writing an abstract

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.

Common areas of improvement

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.

Practice, practice, practice

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

Ideas into Talks

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.

Requesting, receiving, and incorporating feedback

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.

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