Public Speaking For Conferences Workshop

We would love to encourage more women to speak at conferences and events.  If you speak at conferences or organise conferences, we would love for you to come along and be a mentor! :)

This public speaking workshop will look at how you can prepare to speak at your favourite conferences and events.

We will be covering the following:

1) Know the audience
2) Submit an abstract
3) Know your topic
4) Practice, practice, practice
5) How to present well
6) Conference talk dos and don't
7) Relax and have fun.
8) Other resources

Possible target conferences

* SAGE-AU (usually August/September)
* Open Source Developers Conference (usually late Nov/early Dec)
* Linux.conf.au (usually late January)
** LCA's miniconfs

As we'll be at the end of the conference season (runs August - February), it'll be too early to be submitting conference abstracts immediately, but we can get started anyway.

Good tools to know

I'll update you on progress to resurrect http://geekspeakr.com/ - a collection of female conference speakers.  If there are other lists available, I'd love to discuss those too.

If you've spoken at conferences in the past, make sure that they are listed on http://www.lanyrd.com You'll probably need a twitter account for that.  With a bit of work you can build quite a nice list of all of your prior speaking engagements, for example, here are some of mine.

You should also know about your local user groups of interest and various other public speaking options such as toastmasters.

PREREQUISITES

I have some material on how to write a convincing abstract, and also on how to give a good presentation, etc.  What you need to do is bring a 5 minute talk on anything you're passionate about.  Bring slides, and we'll preload them on a laptop for you, or you can bring your own laptop if you're confident of being able to plug it in.  You'll give your talk, and we'll make suggestions for improvement.

We should have space for about 16 of these, so please nominate yourself if you'd like a slot and I'll fill them in below:

1. Suzanne Chadwick
2. Melissa Moyle
3. Quinne Chen
4. Dee Teal
5. 
6. Hanina Rind
7. Sonia Hogan
8.
9.
10.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry I couldn't make this one! I was really looking forward to it but work's a bit crazy :(

    March 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great night! Thank you to everyone involved. See you at the next one!

    March 1, 2013

  • Kellie B.

    A huge thank you to Jacinta for a brilliant workshop. Very informative and insightful! Was sad I had to leave before the final presenters and only wish there could be a follow-up workshop to see the changes implemented.

    1 · February 28, 2013

  • Hanina R.

    Excellent evening, pity not many people were around to see my talk - just to let the ones who left know, alterego are offering a free Infographic to business owners outlining their website stats including site profile, page rank, back links, indexed pages and more. Message me to have a chat :)

    1 · February 28, 2013

  • Suzanne C.

    Great evening thanks ladies. Feel free to connect on LinkedIn under Suzanne Chadwick

    February 28, 2013

  • Bev W.

    I really enjoyed it, especially learning what side of the brain turns on when we get bored! I'll be using a lot of photos when I speak to uni students in the next few weeks :)

    February 28, 2013

  • Tegan Caffrey K.

    Really informative good stuff! I would have loved to stay for more speakers but alas at 830 I had to go! Cheers, for a good night!

    February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    flat chat with work alas :(

    February 27, 2013

  • jana i.

    I might be a bit late though, so ill catch whatever ill catch, hope its ok

    February 27, 2013

  • Tegan Caffrey K.

    Hi Jarich!
    Last year I agreed to film a GGD interviews and tomorrow's event presents my first opportunity! Tammy recommended I interview you but I can't seem to get a hold of your email! Hence my post here! Can you mail me if you would be keen at [masked] or reply to this post...
    Looking forward to seeing you all there!
    Tegan

    February 26, 2013

  • gusseting

    unfortunately needing to change plans to travel - sounds like ggd may need to organise/plug into other public speaking events.

    February 21, 2013

    • jarich

      I'm sorry gusseting, I'm not sure I understand your comment. Are you saying you cannot join us?

      February 22, 2013

  • Sonia H.

    I've actually just been asked to do a short presentation on the morning of Feb 28 for RMIT school of media & comms, so this is actually perfect timing! Can I please be added to the list of presentations?

    February 21, 2013

    • jarich

      Of course!

      February 22, 2013

  • Tegan Caffrey K.

    Looking forward to this meetup!

    February 21, 2013

  • Hanina R.

    Hi, can i also be added to the list ?

    February 20, 2013

    • jarich

      Of course! I'm sorry, I don't know how I missed your earlier self-nomination.

      February 20, 2013

  • Suzanne C.

    oooww going first.... not sure if that's a good thing!!!

    February 14, 2013

    • jarich

      It'll mean the fear is over faster! ;) You'll do fine. I may also randomise it on the night.

      February 20, 2013

  • Quinnie C.

    I'd like to have a try... as a speaker. How do I add my name to the list?

    February 12, 2013

    • jarich

      I've added you :)

      February 20, 2013

  • Diane D.

    Hi I'm Diane, just discovered this meetup. Looking forward to coming along to my first geekgirl event and meeting some fellow geeks!

    February 14, 2013

  • Dee T.

    Hi! I'm really looking forward to this. I'd love to do a short presentation :)

    February 14, 2013

  • jarich

    Regarding lists of female speakers, there used to be http://geekspeakr.com and I think we should resurrect it. Also, there's http://lanyrd.com on which I strongly recommend strengthening your profile.

    I'll mention both of these in the workshop, but they're good places to start now, too.

    2 · December 18, 2012

  • Sarah M.

    Hey Tammy - can we also make a list of conferences that look for female speakers? Or put the word out that we are looking to make a list of available female speakers so that conferences know where to come knocking?

    1 · August 27, 2012

  • Elise

    look forward to it...the australian national speakers association is a good resource for anyone interested in developing skills

    September 17, 2012

  • Trudy

    like to come

    September 7, 2012

  • Tegan Caffrey K.

    I can't come! Yooni on Wednesdays till 8:30 :(

    August 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to cancel last minute! Have a great time, everyone.

    August 28, 2012

  • Julia S.

    Yeah! This is a great topic!

    August 27, 2012

  • kate h.

    Great idea

    August 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great idea! Maybe lets look a which conferences are coming up and who might need a speaker to then plan for putting the theory into practice?

    August 27, 2012

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