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Submitting and Presenting at WordCamps

Submitting and Presenting at WordCamps

With Los Angeles WordCamp fast approaching, this talk is aimed at inspiring and providing tips to first-time speakers on how to submit and prepare for a WordCamp Presentation. I have spoken at 18 WordCamps in the past 2 years and I hope to motivate new talent in the presentations that are given at all WordCamps.

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Suzette Franck

May 22, 2014
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  1. Submitting and Presenting at WordCamps Suzette Franck SoCal WordPress Meetup

    Group Chinatown, CA Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple
  2. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

    / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple Suzette Franck with a “ck” @mt_Suzette ★WordPress Evangelist @ (mt) Media Temple ★First WordCamp talk in 2011 on BuddyPress ★Never spoke previously, self-taught ★Spoke at 18 WordCamps to date ★WordPress Podcast WPUnicornProject.com https://www.youtube.com/user/mediatemple ★Reg. Contributor on WPwatercooler.com ★Blogs at: suzettefranck.com ★Slides: speakerdeck.com/suzettefranck
  3. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

    / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple ★What is and Why speak at WordCamps? ★Formulating Topic Ideas ★Submitting an Application ★Slide Preparation ★Performing Your Presentation ★Summary What We Will Cover
  4. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

    / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple What is WordCamp?
  5. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

    / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple WordCamps ★WordCamps are multi-day conferences held annually in popular cities around the country ★Topics for all WordPress skill levels are presented to the Community by normal people ★Recorded by the WordPress Foundation for posting on WordPress.tv
  6. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

    / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple Things You Should know about WordCamp ★Speakers are not paid for their talks ★Speakers pay their own travel expenses ★Usually special speaker dinner or gifts ★Presentation preparation is key ★Submissions accepted 6-3 months prior ★Speakers must follow Foundation Guidelines
  7. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

    / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple Why Speak at WordCamp? ★Share your knowledge with the Community ★Great experience/resume builder ★Helps to establish you as an expert in an area ★Work with and meet talented smart people ★Speaker icon on your WordPress.com profile ★Speaking experience not necessary
  8. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

    / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple subscribe for email updates WordCamp.org
  9. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

    / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple 2014.la.wordcamp.org September 2014 Subscribe to find out when speaker submissions will be open
  10. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

    / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple http://www.visualistan.com/2014/05/ wordcamp-events-around-world-may-july.html WordCamps May - July
  11. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

    / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple What Should I Talk On?
  12. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

    / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple Finding a WordCamp Topic ★What was helpful to you while learning WordPress? ★What do you wish more people understood about WordPress? ★What is something you know or want to know more about WordPress?
  13. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

    / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple Submitting Your Speaker Application
  14. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

    / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple Writing a WordCamp Submission ★Pick a good topic title that is not cryptic ★Paragraph about your topic: summary, what skill level it is for, what can be learned ★Have a good self bio about a paragraph long ★Fill out your WordPress.org Profile ★Previous experience good but not necessary ★List any articles, blog posts, or relevant classes
  15. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

    / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple Fill out your WordPress.org Profile http://profiles.wordpress.org/mt_Suzette
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    / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple Include a Bio, Nice Headshot, Social Media Links http://profiles.wordpress.org/mt_Suzette
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    / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple More Tips on WordCamp Submissions ★Submit more than one topic ★I typically submit minimum of 3 different talks ★Be brief but concise in your application ★Fill out all fields ★Use proper English ★Bonus: submit a video intro about your topic
  18. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

    / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple Good Example: 2014.maine.wordcamp.org
  19. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

    / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple You’ve Been Accepted... Now What?
  20. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

    / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple Creating Slides for Your Presentation ★Discovery and Research Phase (40-60%) ★Information and Organization Phase ★Finish slides 1 or 2 weeks before talk ★Publish PDF of slides to SpeakerDeck.com or SlideShare.net ★Send slide url to WordCamp organizer ★Tweet url day of and/or after your talk
  21. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

    / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple Slides Guidelines ★1-2 slides per minute ★60 minutes prep per minute ★Keynote or PowerPoint to make slides ★Focus on content not look of slides ★Focus on look when content is done ★Screen shots/images where appropriate
  22. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

    / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple Slides Guidelines ★Text should be no smaller than 48px ★Keep text as minimal as possible ★Do not read paragraphs from slides ★Do not show code without reading through it ★Always use high contrast for text ★Text/images should highlight key points
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    / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple Presenting Your Talk
  24. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

    / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple Coming Prepared ★Bring/borrow any special display adapters ★Bring/borrow a presentation clicker ★Upload your presentation before you talk ★Check with room monitor for mikes/camera 30-15 minutes prior ★Have a full water bottle with you
  25. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

    / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple Presentation Tips ★Do rehearse your introduction and bio (record) ★Humor is good in intros, if you can swing it ★Focus on smooth transitions between subjects ★Rely on slides for format/structure ★Ask audience questions to keep them engaged ★When taking questions, repeat the question
  26. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

    / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple Performing Your Talk ★Stand up straight, hands to side unless gesturing ★Use a microphone or project and annunciate ★Make eye contact with the room occasionally ★Try not to wander out of camera view ★Deliver your first words how you would like your presentation to go. Opening energy is important!
  27. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

    / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple Closing and After Your Talk ★Last slide should include slide url/contact info ★Be available for private questions/discussions ★Hand out your business card ★Tweet out your presentation url ★Write a blog post about your talk and promote ★Check WordPress.tv for publishing of your talk ★If there is a recording, watch it and critique it
  28. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

    / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple In Summary
  29. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

    / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2013 (mt) Media Temple WordCamp Presentations ★Anyone can give a talk at WordCamp ★Adhere to WordCamp GPLv2 and guidelines ★WordCamps love first time speakers ★Keep Code of Conduct in mind, no racism, no offensive jokes, no inappropriate images in slides ★Have fun but be professional, don’t cuss!
  30. Questions? Suzette Franck suzette@mediatemple.net https://speakerdeck.com/suzettefranck Have Fun and Learn! @mt_Suzette

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