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A 10ish-step program for great tech talks

VM Brasseur (@vmbrasseur)
9:00am12:30pm Monday, July 16, 2018
Software methodologies
Location: B110-112
Level: Non-technical
Average rating: ****.
(4.90, 10 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Those who would like to present at technical conferences or would like to up their presentation game

What you'll learn

  • Learn 10 steps to improve your presentations


You know the code and the project. You’re doing lots of cool stuff. You have plenty of slides. So why is everyone in the audience reading their email?

It doesn’t have to be that way. Great presenters are made, not born. The way to become a better speaker is through training, science, and practice. VM Brasseur teaches you the 10 (or so) steps to great tech talks. If you’ve never attended a speaker training before, you’ll see how much better your talks could be. If you have, you might pick up a few tips and ideas. And if you’re presenting at OSCON, this tutorial will give you some last-minute changes to tweak your talk.

The steps include:

  • Know your audience
  • Have an idea
  • Create a good proposal
  • Tell a story
  • Craft your presentation
  • Practice your talk
  • Get ready to speak
  • Present yourself
  • Deal with demo failure
  • Interact with the audience
  • Continue the conversation
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VM Brasseur


VM (aka Vicky) Brasseur spent most of her time in the tech industry leading software development departments and teams and providing technical management and leadership consulting for small and medium businesses. Now she leverages nearly 30 years of free and open source software experience and a strong business background to advise companies about free and open source software, technology, community, business, and the intersections between them. Vicky is the proud winner of the Perl White Camel Award (2014) and the O’Reilly Open Source Award (2016) and is the author of Forge Your Future with Open Source, the first book to detail how to contribute to free and open source software projects. (Think of it as the missing manual on open source contributions and community participation.) She’s the vice president of the Open Source Initiative, a moderator and author for Opensource.com, and a frequent and popular speaker at free and open source conferences and events. She frequently blogs about free and open source software, business, and technical management.

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Picture of Audra M. Carter
07/09/2018 9:24am PDT

Hi @Brad Goettemoeller – you have access to all tutorials, sessions, keynotes, the expo hall, and networking events with your silver pass. The only things you don’t have access to are the two 2-day training courses, one by Ryan Schneider, the other by Rich Ott, and the video compilation. You DO have access to this tutorial you just commented on.

Picture of VM Brasseur
07/09/2018 7:37am PDT

Hi, Brad. I’m just the presenter and won’t be able to answer your questions about which sessions you can access with a Silver pass. There should be O’Reilly contact information on the email confirmation for your pass. I recommend you drop them a line and check with them. Hopefully we’ll see you in this session! :-)

Brad Goettemoeller | TECHNICAL WEB ANALYST
07/09/2018 7:32am PDT

I’m confused about these training courses. I have a silver pass and so I have access to the tutorials but not the training sessions themselves? Does that mean I shouldn’t show up at the session? How do I access the tutorials?