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OK, workshop the first: Public Speaking for Technologists by @phrawzty

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Why do I have the same opening?
- To not have to think about it.
- Brand, situation recognition.

This was a 2 day, then 4 hour course, back into 45 minutes. Good luck!

ToC:
- Identify
- CfP
- Prepare
- Deliver
- Aftercare

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Identification:
- Business goals - themes, industry, influence, audience
- Your goals - topics, format, networking, other content
- Logistics - location, support, production value, costs

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(Top tip: sponsor prospectus is very useful to get signal about the makeup of the conference, and what you might talk about).

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About you: start with things that you're an expert on, and passionate about.

Conference driven development is a thing, but probably not something to try as a first attempt.

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Once you decide on format, try and find videos of content in that format and watch them - see what works and what doesn't

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Logistics
- Do you need help with expenses? Not everyone has a company to help you out.
- If you need help, look for conferences who provide travel&expenses for the conferences

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- Location: can you manage the travel for the conference you want to target?
- Support: what do you need? Make sure that happens.

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Where do you look?
- papercall.io (huge)
- meetup.com
- confs.tech
- devopsdays.org
- tulu.la/call-for-papers

In general:
- O'Reilly, CNCF, etc
- Word of mouth, sites, slack, etc.
- Web search

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So, what's a CfP?

Call for proposal. You need to learn how to write them.

You always need:
- Title, pitch, description, notes
- Headshot, bio, previous presentation
- Assistance required, demographic data

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For headshots: get a professional one done. Do this every year, because you change.

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Your list of presentations - doesn't need to be public, but maintain it for yourself, in case people ask. (You can point to previous videos etc).

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Demographic data: sensitive, depends on geography - in France you cannot collect/act on demographic information. (vs US affirmative action to assist underrepresented minorities).

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Bio: what's a perfect bio?

"Jeff Bezos is the CEO of Amazon."

Longer bio, worse it is. Change it up based on audience. One sentence, maybe two.

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Title, pitch, description

Description: long format description of talk. What are you going to cover, tech, structure, story. etc.

Pitch: that, but shorter. 300 characters.

Title: pitch, but shorter.

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How do you come up with these? Depends - find what works for you, but obey the pyramid, and you should be able to infer one from another.

Notes: additional stuff. (e.g. check this github repo out)

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CfP tips: be bold, but don't be a jerk about it.

- Demonstrate that you care.
- Be terse, don't get bogged down in details.
- Pay attention to guidelines (word count etc)
- Be early, but not first
- Don't wait until last minute

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Believe what you're saying/writing - it comes across to reviewers (and so does a lack of it).

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Early, not first, not last:
- Divide CfP period into 5 chunks - not first, not last.
- Why not first? CfP tool breaks, reviewers still fresh, don't know what to look at.
- Why not last? Reviewers are tired. Also, rolling acceptance.

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Preparation:
- Say it, display it.

Say: Story you want to tell - what you are going to say - how you say it.

Display: visual support for your story. Slides, pictures, video, etc. Terminals, coding, demos etc.

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Slides are important... and a trap.

You are the. most important element of the talk. Your presentation should be functional *without slides*. (Except demos)

Slides are there to support you.
1) A/V issues.
2) If you don't need slides, talk is ready.

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Practice makes perfect
- By yourself, with others.

First, say things out loud to see. how they sound. Why? Thinking and speaking trigger different neurons. (See sports visualisation exercises)

Then, put on a timer and click through your slides. Modify as necessary.

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Re: timing - do the content first, then optimise for time.

With others:
- Dry run the first, it's OK to be nervous.
- Accept feedback, and improve.
- Dry run the second - already an improvement.

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Delivery
- Arrive early, explore venue. Make yourself comfortable, know where your room/food/bathrooms etc are.
- Talk to organisers.
- Find somewhere quiet to review. (optional)

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Then - sound and tech checks. Do it if it's offered.

Close the apps you don't need, mute notifications etc.

Silence your phone.

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Do the thing!
- Being nervous is normal.
- Confidence is the best cure; confidence comes from practice.
- Be passionate - you got this!
- Slow down, breathe.
- Find a comfortable standing position. No pockets.
- Take sips of water.

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Why take sips of water?
- Everyone should drink more water
- It gives you a natural pause to cover losing your spot.

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Aftercare
- Q&A - don't do it unless you want to.
- Hallway track - usually good, not always.

Later:
- Reflect. Watch video, read feedback (or get someone else to read it)
- Improve your presentation

Publish:
- Blogpost, tutorial, workshop.
- Spinoff talk, podcast?
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Segue: register, term borrowed from linguistics. Layer in the language which signals the environment you're talking in. Cadence, vocabulary, call/response expectations etc. #devopsdays #blndevops
What do you do with your hands on stage? Tip 1: take stuff out of pockets, take badge off. Remove distractions.

Main point: preparation ritual. Preparing to do a different thing. #devopsdays #blndevops
How do you get on to a stage? (Related to "explore the space")

Don't walk in front of screen or over cables if you can avoid it.

Enter with confidence, direct head/torso to audience.

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Look at the audience - don't turn your back when pointing at slides. #devopsdays #blndevops
Look at the audience. Talk to specific people - make eye contact then move on immediately. Time words with eye contact change.
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You may not always have an obvious stopping point. If not, aim for the middle, or the edge of the screen if you're blocking it. #devopsdays #blndevops
Depth wise - not front, not back. Maybe there'll be a marker if the stage hand has marked it (because camera, lighting). Aim to see just foot your own foot shadow. #devopsdays #blndevops
Stretch before going on stage. Shoulders back/chest forward, for balance, diaphragm, spine. #devopsdays
Don't lock knees, don't bend too much. Should be mostly in the right position (i.e. comfortable) if you've done all the rest of the steps.

Feet: not together, not massively apart. Slightly facing outwards, typically, but depends on body mechanics. #devopsdays
Next, walking around. There are schools of thought. Formal training typically says "stand behind the lectern". Good for serious speeches.

At tech conferences it could be artificial, overly regimented.

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Do what makes you comfortable. Lectern or walking.

For examples of walking: Steve Jobs. Look at video breakdowns of how he walked on stage. Stop when you want to emphasise a point. (Motion = narrative, pause = point.)

Hard to do - structuring talk that way.

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Next: pacing on stage. Can look nervous, may mean camera has to track you.

Alternatively: use movement to connect with different parts of the space, makes it feel more personal/social. (If that's your delivery style.)

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Next: what is your stage presence.

Things not to do:
- turn your back to the audience
- move around nervously
- if you have to move, direct it. (Walking is conscious.)

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Finally, voice projection. Helps with clarity, removes need for AV, typically slows you down, saves your voice. #devopsdays
Much of the posture stuff is about breathing -> voice modulation -> resonance -> projection.

Projection is not yelling. #devopsdays
How do you optimise vibration through your sinuses etc? (Try talking while pinching your nose closed, see the effect of damped vibration.)

Need to learn how to use larynx. #devopsdays
(speak while touching throat - vibrations are different at different points - optimised for different pitches) #devopsdays #blndevops
Part of theatre/singing etc training is extending your vocal range. These exercises let you learn how to talk higher or lower or louder or quieter than normal. (Or get a vocal coach.) #devopsdays #blndevops
When you go to the edge of the range, you get quieter, and you'll to practice.

Last exercise: "aum" from yoga, doing all the things we just learned. #devopsdays
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