Put open source to work
July 16–17, 2018: Training & Tutorials
July 18–19, 2018: Conference
Portland, OR

A 10-ish Step Program For Great Tech Talks

VM Brasseur (@vmbrasseur)
9:00am12:30pm Monday, July 16, 2018
Software methodologies
Location: E145/146
Level: Non-technical

Who is this presentation for?

People who would like to present at technical conferences or would like to up their presentation game.

Prerequisite knowledge

None

Materials or downloads needed in advance

None

What you'll learn

If you have never attended a speaker training before, this tutorial will show you 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.

Description

You know the code and the project. You’re doing lots of cool stuff. You have plenty of slides. So why is the audience all doing 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. In this tutorial, veteran conference presenter will teach you the ten (or so) steps to great tech talks:

  • Know Your Audience
  • Have an Idea
  • Creating 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

If you have never attended a speaker training before, this tutorial will show you 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.

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VM Brasseur

@vmbrasseur

VM (ak Vicky) spent most of her 20 years 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/open source, 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). She’s a moderator and author for opensource.com and a frequent and popular speaker at free/open source conferences and events. She frequently blog about free/open source, business, and technical management at http://anonymoushash.vmbrasseur.com.

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