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:
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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