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Public Speaking Clinic (Novices)

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We are limited to 60 places for this workshop so PLEASE keep your RSVP up to date so everyone has a chance of getting in!

Have you heard people going on about how public speaking will help your career? Are you being encouraged to present at brown bags / tech sessions at work? Or maybe you need to present something to management or to the team? Or speak at a Ladies who Code meetup?

Are you tired of hearing about the lack of women speaking at conferences and want to do something about it?

This session is aimed at NOVICE speakers - people who have never done it before, or have limited experience with presenting, who want to take that first step.

We will cover the basics - give you some simple guidelines to help prepare you for your first presentation. The most important thing you should get out of this session is: how to deal with a sea of faces staring expectantly at you.

Come to this session if:

• You'd like to present at a Ladies Who Code meetup, but you're not confident enough yet

• You're wondering if you could present at conferences

• You want practical help getting started with public speaking

• Your job might need you to present something, even to a small audience

• Or you're simply curious about what it's like

This is very much an introductory session (although more confident speakers are welcome), and will focus on your skills as a presenter, not the mechanics of building a slide deck or talk.


The workshop will be led by Trisha Gee (

Trisha has developed Java applications for a range of industries, including finance, manufacturing and non-profit, for companies of all sizes. She has expertise in Java high performance systems, is passionate about enabling developer productivity, and dabbles with Open Source development. Trishablogs regularly on subjects that she thinks developers and other humans should care about, she’s a leader of the Sevilla Java User Group, a key member of the London Java Community and a Java Champion - she believes we shouldn't all have to make the same mistakes again and again.

Her international speaking career was launched off the back of ‘The Disruptor’, an open source concurrent programming framework. Since her first appearance at JavaOne 2011, Trisha has spoken at Devoxx Antwerp & Devoxx UK, QCon London (2012, 2013, 2014), JAX London (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), GOTOs Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Aarhus, Chicago and Berlin, JavaOne (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), JavaOne Shanghai, GeeCON Poland, MongoDB London, JavaOne in Oslo, NoSQL Matters Barcelona, YOW Australia, and a bunch of other conferences and user groups around the world.

Trisha was, and still is, "just" a Java programmer, but she became addicted to presenting and found it's a fantastic career accelerator. Her first appearance was at a London Java Community user group, and she's never forgotten the buzz from that event.