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.
why do you
how we portray
is just another word for
56% of women in technology leave their employers
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,
Speakers get the
Highly-specialized technical industries tend to hire from
their networks more often than average.
- Peter Rigano, “Industries where your network matters more...”
Beyond the ego cult:
An ode to the conference speaker
Relax, you don't have to show off.
Strong language and strong opinions are strongly
This is not a conference on applied memology.
[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
- Kathy Sierra, “Presentation Skills Considered Harmful”