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Why should I speak in Null meet?

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A common question in the mind of every individual is the "stage fear of presentation" in a public forum such as Null meet.

I'd be addressing this question in my talk titled " Why should I speak in Null Meet? " It would address common queries which many people have ( esp. Introverts) but don't ask readily in fear of rejection / ridiculed upon by peers etc.

I'd be drawing examples based on my experience how and why I started presenting in Null Meets. I was too in similar situation few years back when I first started out in the industry:)

This talk focuses on the practical side of the benefits of public speaking in esp. in Infosec domain. The points that would be in focus will be as follows:

Why should I involve myself in Public speaking ?
Isn't passive listening and working individually good enough?
How can I start ? From where I can begin?
Addressing the hidden fears
Answering your mental blocks
How does it help in my career?
How does it help me?
Takeaways

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Why should I speak in Null meet?

  1. 1. Public Speaking via Null meet Why should you start now? Manasdeep (manasdeeps@gmail.com)
  2. 2. #whoami • Information Security Consultant • Interested in Compliance and Penetration Testing • Have a flair in writing for Information Security • Like to learn and demonstrate latest security attack vectors and technologies • Active participant and volunteer in various information security communities
  3. 3. Agenda • Why should I involve myself in Public speaking ? • Isn't passive listening and working individually good enough? • How can I begin? • From where I can start? • Addressing hidden fears • Answering your mental blocks • How does it help in my career? • How does it help me? • Takeaways
  4. 4. YOU ARE NOT ALONE !! It’s normal to get nervous on stage…
  5. 5. Why should I involve myself in Public speaking? Two Freebies as soon as you volunteer as Speaker!! 1. 2.
  6. 6. Why should I involve myself in Public speaking? 1. • Limited time to Procrastinate • Makes you more alert • Do more with Less using creative Thinking • Improves your focus • Effective Communication of thoughts in less time • Learn to work better under pressure How does this help you?
  7. 7. Why should I involve myself in Public speaking? • How much content to present ? • How to streamline and organize your thoughts • Better coordination and focus of mind and body • Time Management • Self train for probable questions • Convey your complex ideas to others in Simple terms 2. How does this help you?
  8. 8. Passive Listening and working Individually not Good enough? It Is A Workable Approach, however: Exhausting
  9. 9. Passive Listening and working Individually not Good enough? - Too busy - Too Tired - Too Lazy - Too Afraid Frequently this happens after a while:
  10. 10. My Story - How did I reach here? Milestone 1: Parent Motivation Milestone 2: Professor Remarks Milestone 3: Job Interview And First Null Meet
  11. 11. You have something inside called COURAGE
  12. 12. Okay, I’ve made my mind……Let’s get down to business……Shall we?
  13. 13. How can I start ? • Join a shared interest community meetup • Attend for learning (NOT for free credits / food if available) • Show up frequently • Attend / Give talks • Express better with (Live / Recorded) Demos • Share News and updates about current happenings • Spread the community word around online / offline • Write and share the learnings on blogs, articles etc. • Manage events / people / logistics by volunteering • Networking with peers / members • Contribute and help to develop the community further
  14. 14. From where can I start? How can speaking in N|U meets Help ?  Relaxed Informal setting  Purely member driven  No joining fees  Flexible and having no formalized structure  Inclusive people community having common interest in security  Use as a springboard to collaborate and join other communities  Share and gain knowledge by open networking Meets can be a good
  15. 15. Addressing your fears • I’m a beginner, n00b and not well versed with infosec basics • I have problem speaking in front of so many people • I can’t express well in English • My peers will ridicule / leg pull me • I fear rejection by audience
  16. 16. Tackling your fears / mental blocks • I’m a beginner / n00b and not well versed with infosec basics • Start with NewsBytes in very beginning • Opt to study a new topic and volunteer to speak on it for next meet • I have problem speaking in front of so many people • Rehearse first in front of known friends / family • Stage fright is common, its okay to be nervous • Don’t let fear become better than your courage • I can’t express well in English • Watch more movies in English, read more books • Feel free to use Hindi / regional language if everyone in audience know it well. • If you are stuck, ask for help with anyone to translate a part where you feel difficulty in expressing in English • My peers will ridicule / leg pull me • Everyone is a professional here, so keep your cool while giving your speech • Ignore the occasional smirks / yawns / chit chat by people • I fear rejection by audience • Your decision to speak sets you apart from the rest. Forget everything else and focus on your speech only
  17. 17. Kinds of people in Audience Typically you will get 3 types people in audience  Those who know more than you  Those who are more or less at par with you.  Those who are less knowlegeble than you • Awesome! More learning for you!   • Ask them to correct wherever you get wrong • Let them add their knowledge / experience to make your talk more useful • Compliment and collaborate their knowledge on the subject matter • Team up with them to take more detailed sessions (Humla / Puliya / Bachaav / Workshop) etc. • Encourage them to ask queries, however simple and straightforward they may be! • Remember, there is no such thing as a stupid question  • Act as their mentor and help them to speak up as well
  18. 18. In case sometimes things don’t go as planned ….. TAKE “Accountability” Accept the fact…and
  19. 19. How does public speaking help in my career? 1. Learning together is the fastest way to learn Top 3 Reasons 2. Learning together is the fastest way to learn  3. Learning together is the fastest way to learn   • You may never know exactly how much you excel at something until you share with others • You may never know exactly how much you suck at something until you share with others • Increased networking = Better job opportunities
  20. 20. How does public speaking help me personally ? Money is NOT the most expensive / sought after currency in life, YOUR TIME is !!
  21. 21. AVOID THIS AT ALL COSTS !!
  22. 22. The Key Takeaway If you don’t share back, you MAY NOT BE ELIGIBLE for GREATEST PERKS in your life !!
  23. 23. Do you have it in You ? DEMO FINAL THOUGHTS
  24. 24. THANK YOU !! - Manasdeephttp://reflect-infosec.blogspot.in/ https://twitter.com/manasdeep https://in.linkedin.com/in/manasdeep

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