We share our personal speaking stories (and nightmares!), how we prepare our talks, and the common mistakes we see first-time speakers make.
Christopher Schmitt of the Non Breaking Space Show interviewed me about Demystifying Public Speaking.
Paul Ford and Rich Ziade talked to me about my most recent book, Demystifying Public Speaking, which aims to help get more diverse voices onstage in the tech world. Topics covered include overcoming specific fears before getting onstage, how to process feedback, and some of my own experiences onstage, from highlights on down to one particular public-speaking horror show. We also discussed my career at Etsy and the joys and challenges of management. Audio and Transcript
We covered a range of topics including managing developers, managing with empathy, tech’s diversity problem and how to handle speaking at conferences.
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Don’t think public speaking is for you? It is—whether you’re bracing for a conference talk or a team meeting.
Demystifying Public Speaking helps you identify your fears and effectively face them, so you can make your way to the stage (big or small). Get clear, practical advice through every step, from choosing a topic and creating a presentation, to gathering and distilling feedback, to event-day prep. You’ll feel confident and equipped to step into the spotlight.
I routinely get the opportunity to provide feedback on draft versions of my coworkers’ presentations. I work with incredibly smart, interesting people, and it’s wonderful to listen to their stories, learn from them, and see what new thing they’re bringing to the industry. Having given different kinds of talks at a spectrum of venues, I’m able to ask questions and provide feedback that could (I hope!) help them with their presentation.
I had a new experience a few weeks ago when I was speaking at Velocity. I gave a keynote to 2,000 people; throughout the following day, a half-dozen strangers came up to me to supply unsolicited criticism of my presentation tone.
I was asked to write about my presentation-creation process the other day on Twitter. I thought this was really interesting – I would love to know how other people approach developing, editing and improving on their presentations and public speaking skills! So here’s my whole process, including what I’m really working hard to improve upon.
A version of this post originally appeared here. It’s now updated with more recent resources!