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A case against showmanship

A case against showmanship

A talk I gave at eurucamp 2015. Its purpose is twofold: to encourage people interested in speaking at tech events to give it a go and to encourage seasoned speakers to look at their talks and evaluate whether they aren't engaging in showmanship.

Marta Paciorkowska

August 01, 2015

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  1. 56% of women in technology leave their employers mid-career. Of

    the women who leave: – 24% take a non-technical job in a different company, – 22% become self-employed in a tech field, – 20% take time out of the workforce. This is double the turnover rate of men. - National Center for Women in Technology, http://www.ncwit.org/sites/default/files/legacy/pdf/NCWIT_TheFacts_rev2010.pdf
  2. Highly-specialized technical industries tend to hire from their networks more

    often than average. - Peter Rigano, “Industries where your network matters more...” http://blog.linkedin.com/2015/03/09/industries-where-your-network-matters-more-than-you-think/
  3. Relax, you don't have to show off. Strong language and

    strong opinions are strongly disadvised. This is not a conference on applied memology.
  4. [t]he problem is thinking that what matters in your presentation

    is you. Because unless you're a paid performer – musician, comedian, motivational speaker – you are not the reason [the people] came to the conference. - Kathy Sierra, “Presentation Skills Considered Harmful” http://seriouspony.com/blog/2013/10/4/presentation-skills-considered-harmful