San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Getting good at giving talks is a game changer. You get to have lively conversations with peers (and idols) about topics that most fascinate you. Public speaking can propel a career forward, expand your network considerably, and lead to wonderfully surprising opportunities.
Public speaking is the most common fear of all. You’re not alone. Every tech speaker you admire is scared, every time. Learn how they do it anyway, and how you’re going to kick ass at it too.
In this full-day workshop, you will become a better tech public speaker. Whether you’re a shy person or naturally bold, whether a developer or designer, whether considering doing your first 5-minute lightning talk or preparing to step into the limelight of an international conference’s stage -- you will take away the new skills to make it happen.
• brainstorming & selecting topics
• finding & interpreting open Calls for Proposals
• writing abstracts/proposals that catch the attention of proposal reviewers
• matching topic to speaking opportunities
• making the talk compelling for specific audiences
• transforming stage fright, from bug into feature
• dealing with time constraints, microphones, projectors, & logistical issues
• handling Q&A
• pro tips for dealing with your worst case scenario
• sources of ongoing support & mentorship
10:00-5:00pm workshop & lunch
Heroku will be providing lunch for us in their beautiful brand new office. Thank you to Heroku for hosting, sponsoring, and supporting community initiatives serving tech women!
Please do apply for a scholarship if you need financial assistance. We want to help you attend. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a single brief paragraph summarizing (a) how the workshop will benefit you, and (b) total amount of scholarship assistance you are requesting. Priority will be given to those who self-identify as woman, trans*, or who are otherwise severely underrepresented in tech. This includes a range of axes including race, sexual orientation, class, family status, etc.
WHO SHOULD ENROLL?
You. This is an all-genders event. If you do not self-identify as a someone who is severely underrepresented in tech, please also bring a student who does. What a great opportunity to contribute to the community!
When & Where
Carina C. Zona / CallbackWomen
ABOUT CALLBACKWOMEN (@callbackwomen)
CallbackWomen’s mission to increase gender diversity among tech conference speakers. Tweets & re-tweets from @callbackwomen have identified more than 400 conferences around the world where you could be speaking. It shares 8-20 Calls for Proposals (CFPs) weekly.
ABOUT CARINA C. ZONA (@cczona)
Carina has also taught for Girl Develop It, Black Girls Code, RailsBridge, PyLadies, and RailsGirls. She served on RailsBridge core team and Women Who Code core team. She has two degrees in public speaking. She is also a certified sex educator. In her spare time, she engineers baked goods.