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Why You Should Speak at Technical Conferences

Public speaking can be scary, but it can also be a great way to catapult your career!

Unfortunately people hold themselves back from speaking at conferences because they either don't know what to share, or feel like they need to be an expert in order to speak.

In this forum, you'll learn:

• Why you should speak at technical conferences
• How to brainstorm and come up with topics to talk about
• How to submit a proposal
• How to structure a talk, engage with an audience, and keep those butterflies in your stomach at bay!

For those who have been speaking for awhile already, I'll cover some advanced topics like: 

• How to build up a portfolio and promote it to eventually get paid to speak
• How to structure a paid speaking engagement

AGENDA 

6-7pm Networking and a light dinner

7-8pm Presentation

8-9pm Break out session with peers

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  • K. D.

    AWESOME!!!

    1 · June 19, 2014

  • Katia

    I'm not in San Fran and I know parking is a problem there. Any suggestion?

    June 19, 2014

    • Josie G.

      I agree with Poornima - public transport is best, but you can always park in one of the 4 Embarcadero underground parking lots - they should have plenty of free spaces around 6pm.

      June 19, 2014

    • Katia

      Thank you for your help, Poornima and Josie! I'm in San Jose and I will get there a little late. So probably I'll park in one of those parking lots. See you then!

      June 19, 2014

  • Ritu

    I am so bummed that I cannot attend this. Something came up the last moment. Apologize for late change in RSVP.

    June 19, 2014

  • K. D.

    Katia:
    Ride the BART in, like I'm doing. It's less than a long block's worth of walking from the Embarkadero Station

    1 · June 19, 2014

  • K. D.

    Can I put a "dibs" on one of the book copies? I've been advised that I should start talking about Women and Tech

    June 17, 2014

    • Poornima

      Haha I don't know maybe Suzanne will bring enough to go around or we'll raffle them off :)

      June 17, 2014

    • Suzanne A.

      :) Sadly, we don't have many hard copies in our warehouse, but there will be electronic versions for all! And if anyone really wants a hard copy, I can send it along later.

      June 18, 2014

  • K. D.

    I'll bring some cookies - baking is my other skill.

    1 · June 17, 2014

    • K. D.

      Do you think that 3 dozen will be enough?

      June 17, 2014

    • Poornima

      Sure :)

      June 18, 2014

  • Suzanne A.

    Hi Poornima,
    I'm really looking forward to this event, thanks for organizing! Would you like me to bring some copies of Scott Berkun's "Confessions of a Public Speaker"?
    Best,
    Suzanne

    2 · June 12, 2014

    • Poornima

      Wonderful, that is very kind of you :)

      June 12, 2014

    • Sara R.

      This is a great book - definitely one I was going to recommend :)

      June 17, 2014

  • Venessa

    Hello,
    I won't be able to make it to the meeting, but I was wondering if it will be available to view online?

    June 11, 2014

    • Poornima

      Yes it will be posted in about 1-2 months. It takes us awhile to edit the video. However, you will miss a critical portion, which is the hands-on workshop.

      June 12, 2014

    • Venessa

      Ok. Thanks for letting me know!

      June 12, 2014

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