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.
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
6. Hanina Rind
7. Sonia Hogan