Telling your Story: Speaking for Non-Speakers

A session at OSCON 2015

Thursday 23rd July, 2015

5:00pm to 5:40pm (PST)

The idea of presenting at conferences is frequently daunting to non-speakers. When I got started giving talks, I was terrified of being called out on areas I wasn’t an expert in. I finally realized that there are different ways to present information.

Proscriptive talks – talks that present the one true way to solve a problem – are only one way to help people learn. Presenting about your experiences, by telling stories, helps the audience learn about what you’re talking about in an engaging way, and helps you to have the confidence that you are engaging in a conversation with the audience instead of a lecture.

Do you enjoy talking about technical topics in smaller groups? If so, you’ve likely got some excellent tales to tell to help other people past hurdles you’ve jumped, or around mines you’ve learned to avoid.

Come hear my stories about speaking, the lessons I’ve learned, and tricks I employ in order to engage and retain the attention of my audience. Come join the presenter community! We don’t bite, and we have cookies!

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Kirsten Hunter

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Time 5:00pm5:40pm PST

Date Thu 23rd July 2015

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