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Tech Talk 101: Topic Generation

Tech Talk 101: Topic Generation

Given at Dreamforce 2014 in the DevZone

Rebecca Miller-Webster

October 13, 2014
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  1. Tech Talks 101: Topic Generation
    Rebecca Miller-Webster
    Instructor at Dev Bootcamp
    Founder Write/Speak/Code
    @rmillerwebster

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  2. Rebecca Miller-Webster
    Software Engineer
    Instructor at Dev Bootcamp
    Founder and co-organizer Write/Speak/Code
    !

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  3. The schedule
    • 101: Topic generation - Mon 11:15am
    • 201: Talk Development - Mon 12:00pm
    • 301: Stage Presence - Mon 12:45pm
    • Lightning Talks
    • Tues 4:00pm
    • Wed 12:15pm
    • Thurs 10:45am

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  4. Topic
    What do you know or
    want to learn?
    What’s appropriate
    for the conference?
    How can you
    meaningful contribute?
    What the process of giving a tech talk?
    Proposal Talk
    Title
    Description
    Outline*
    Bio
    Slides
    Stage Presence
    Do it!

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  5. This is interactive. Let’s interact.
    #df14techtalks
    @SalesforceDevs
    means time to DO IT!

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  6. Why haven’t you spoken before?

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  7. Have you ever thought …
    “Oh crap!
    Everyone is going to realize I have
    no idea what I’m doing.”

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  8. Do you feel like a fraud because …
    • didn’t start coding when you were 12?
    • don’t work on side projects for “fun”?
    • aren’t yet Salesforce certified?

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  9. Impostor Syndrome
    Photo: http://elephantwendigo.deviantart.com/art/Hunted-197538783!
    CC http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/

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  10. work too
    hard
    Burnout!
    Isolation!
    Failure!
    Stress
    Self-fulfilling
    hold
    yourself
    back

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  11. Tech is communal
    • Conferences
    • OSS
    • Books & blogs
    • Stack Overflow & online documentation
    • Teams, pairing, agile

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  12. “I’ve realized
    almost everyone
    is a fraud so I try
    not to feel bad
    about it.”

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  13. Reframe
    • Teaching
    • Sharing
    • Helping others
    • Narrating history
    • Being a role model
    • Mentoring
    • Changing the world!

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  14. Help others
    • Teach things you know
    • Ask the first question so someone else doesn’t have to
    • Connect with others

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  15. Teach
    Write 5 things you could teach related to
    tech

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  16. Remember what matters
    Which values relate to happiest, proudest, or most satisfied
    times in your life?

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  17. Three values related to your happiest or proudest moments
    • Accomplishment
    • Accountability
    • Achievement
    • Activism
    • Adventure
    • Affection
    • Ambition
    • Autonomy
    • Challenge
    • Close relationships
    • Commitment
    • Community
    • Compassion
    • Competence
    • Competition
    • Confidence
    • Coolness
    • Courage
    • Creativity
    • Credibility
    • Decisiveness
    • Economic security
    • Effectiveness
    • Efficiency
    • Enthusiasm
    • Excellence
    • Excitement
    • Fairness
    • Family
    • Free time
    • Freedom
    • Friendships
    • Growth
    • Health
    • Helping others
    • Helping society
    • Honesty
    • Independence
    • Influence
    • Inner harmony
    • Insight
    • Inspiration
    • Integrity
    • Introspection
    • Justice
    • Knowledge
    • Leadership
    • Loyalty
    • Meaningful work
    • Mentorship
    • Merit
    • Openness
    • Persistence
    • Pleasure
    • Privacy
    • Public service
    • Quality
    • Recognition
    • Reputation
    • Responsibility
    • Security
    • Self-knowledge
    • Self-reliance
    • Self-respect
    • Stability
    • Truth
    • Vibrancy
    • Volunteering
    • Wealth
    • Will-power
    • Wisdom

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  18. Choose one value
    Write a paragraph about why that value
    matters to you

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  19. Look at the data
    • record positive feedback
    • measurable progress
    • list accomplishments

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  20. Victory Journal
    • Write 10 accomplishments

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  21. Credibility
    Knowledge
    +
    Experience

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  22. Make some lists!

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  23. What do you know?
    • Languages (HTML, Java etc)
    • Frameworks (Django, Rspec,
    CakePHP)
    • Tools (make, rake, WordPress)
    • Documentation, Testing, Team, Project
    Management

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  24. What have you done?
    •Jobs
    •Internships, volunteering, organizations
    •Schools
    •Projects (work or personal)

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  25. Mine specifics

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  26. Answer one …
    • A hack I used to accomplish X
    • Last bug I fixed
    • My favorite tool/technique/module/etc
    • Bad advice for beginners
    • Most painful tool to use
    • Something I thought would be useful but didn’t
    work.

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  27. Project
    Technologies!
    used in project
    General!
    Technologies

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  28. Topics
    values
    knowledge
    experience
    accomplishments

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  29. 5 minutes. 20 topics. Go!

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  30. Next Steps
    • Choose a topic
    • Brainstorm titles & descriptions for topic
    • Create an outline for topic
    • Research conferences to submit to
    • Practice presenting and public speaking

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  31. Next at Dreamforce
    • 101: Topic generation - Mon 11:15am
    • 201: Talk Development - Mon 12:00pm
    • 301: Stage Presence - Mon 12:45pm
    • Lightning Talks
    • Tues 4:00pm
    • Wed 12:15pm
    • Thurs 10:45am

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  32. @rmillerwebster
    #df14techtalks

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