July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR

Telling your story: Speaking for non-speakers

Kirsten Hunter (Akamai)
5:00pm–5:40pm Thursday, 07/23/2015
Craft E145
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 8 ratings)
Slides:   1-PPTX 

Prerequisite Knowledge

A desire to learn


The idea of presenting at conferences is frequently daunting to non-speakers. When I got started giving talks, I was terrified of being called out on areas I wasn’t an expert in. I finally realized that there are different ways to present information.

Proscriptive talks – talks that present the one true way to solve a problem – are only one way to help people learn. Presenting about your experiences, by telling stories, helps the audience learn about what you’re talking about in an engaging way, and helps you to have the confidence that you are engaging in a conversation with the audience instead of a lecture.

Do you enjoy talking about technical topics in smaller groups? If so, you’ve likely got some excellent tales to tell to help other people past hurdles you’ve jumped, or around mines you’ve learned to avoid.

Come hear my stories about speaking, the lessons I’ve learned, and tricks I employ in order to engage and retain the attention of my audience. Come join the presenter community! We don’t bite, and we have cookies!

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Kirsten Hunter


Kirsten Hunter is an unapologetic hacker and passionate advocate for the development community. Her technical interests range from graph databases to cloud services, and her experience supporting and evangelizing REST APIs has given her a unique perspective on developer success. In her copious free time she’s a gamer, fantasy reader, and all around rabble-rouser. Code samples, recipes, and philosophical musings can be found on her blog, Princess Polymath.