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A talk about talking!

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An internal presentation about how to speak at conferences, including how to get over the fear.

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A talk about talking!

  1. 1. A Talk About Talking! Tanya Reilly @whereistanya
  2. 2. HELLO!This is a talk about talking It might get meta? Hello! My name is Tanya and I've written exactly three public talks so I am definitely an expert and you should listen to me. That was an intro. Mostly I'm not wild about intros that just tell the bio of the person that's talking, because you're already in the room and you've already decided to listen to them. At this point of a talk I want to make you feel engaged, so maybe you close your laptop or engage your whole brain and go along with whatever I'm talking about. The intro is a good place for a question to the audience. So here's one: How many people here feel are a bit scared of public speaking. Like, the idea is not completely comfortable. Yeah, me too.
  3. 3. Topics 1. Why even do this? 2. Getting past the terror 3. What to talk about 4. Outline and abstract 5. Writing the talk 6. Preparing 7. Actually talking 8. Recovering We're going to talk about how to do it anyway, and some small steps to make it an easier path. And we're going to cover a bunch of other stuff, like how to think of a talk, submit a proposal to a conference and get it accepted, how to write a talk, how to make slides and deal with the pesky issue of pictures, what to do on the day of the talk when the fear comes back but for real, some tips for being on stage, and what happens once you're done. We're going to do the whole life cycle of speaking at a conference. This, btw, is the "tell people what you're going to tell them" section of a talk. You don't NEED to do this, but it's very anchoring for people. We like to pretend like there's some order and structure in the chaos of the world. So if you give people numbered things and let them see how far through the numbered things you got, that'll make them feel good. So…there are 8 sections. You'll see the numbers go by.
  4. 4. "But I already did something today": why to talk. Ok, first: why would you want to talk at a thing? I think it's genuinely beneficial to you and to your employers. Before I tell you why, a note: the astute among you will recognise "but I already did something today" as a quote from the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and you might ask "Why not use a picture of the excellent Titus Andromedon". The answer is "because copyright!" and we will get to that in part 5. ---- https://www.publicdomainpictures.net/en/view-image.php?image=191858&picture=pr etty-kitty-cat CC0
  5. 5. Speaking makes you a better storyteller. Writing a talk hones your skill of crafting a narrative, which you do in any job that involves convincing someone else of your ideas. It makes you practice organising your ideas and explaining them into the brains of other humans which… I'll come out now and say it: if you're doing an interview and someone asks you about a recent project and you've just spent hours and hours on thinking about how to talk about it, that interview will go well.
  6. 6. Speaking introduces you to interesting people. I had this comedy gold bit at SRECon this year where I was walking around with a colleague, and he said "do you know everyone here?" and I was like "of course not, oh hi Tom, hi Bridget, hey David". If you're speaking at a conference, you're more likely to end up talking to other speakers. There's often a speakers dinner, where you meet people you've seen talk at previous things. Sometimes people you totally fangirl on will be there and, if you're me, you're starstruck and completely avoid them.
  7. 7. Speaking increases your visibility in the industry. Speaking is amazing for your resume. If you say technical things on stage and you say them well, people will know you know what you're talking about. It's a head start when entering a technical conversation. And people are more likely to seek you out for cool things, like, well, other talks mostly, but also writing books, or coming to work with them.
  8. 8. Speaking also increases your company's visibility in the industry. But, good as it is for you, it's also really good for your employer. Standing up on a stage and saying "hi I'm whoever and I work for wherever" does a bunch of things: it tells a captive audience of people who do your job that your company hires people doing your job -- including amazing people like you who are now visible! -- and supports them in doing public speaking. And it's just free advertising. It's considered very bad form to stand on stage and do a vendor talk about your company's product, but you can certainly spend 20 seconds saying who you work for and what they do.
  9. 9. Speaking makes you learn things. If you're speaking on a topic, you're likely to keep hitting edges of the topic that you don't know as well as you think you do. It forces you to go deep into topics to understand them well enough to explain them. And the act of explaining them highlights which parts of the topic are important. The other thing I like, is that I tend to go into talks with a bunch of ideas, and as I start writing the talk, new ideas appear. It's a way of putting a bunch of ideas into the large hadron collider of your brain and banging them together in a weird way. New ideas appear. Note: this only happens if you give it time, so I always recommend starting to write a talk long before you need it.
  10. 10. "Sorry, I couldn't hear you over my internal screaming": overcoming the fear Are you convinced? Talking is scary. It really is. It's a really common fear, called glossophobia! But it's possible to get past the fear in a manageable way. There are two approaches to this that I know about, and I think most of us do a combination of the two. ---- https://pixabay.com/en/scared-eggs-egg-food-nutrition-eat-2939061/
  11. 11. One is to do an extremely horrible thing to your future self and put them in a position where it's more scary to not to the thing than to do it. This requires a certain sociopathic ability to not think of your future self as really you. Choose a thing that's far enough away that it doesn't really feel real and sign up for it. Make it something that will be hard to get out of. I don't know that I recommend this, but it sure makes you do a thing. You need to make the fear of backing out greater than the fear of going ahead, and you have a long, long time to get used to it. I've used this for other impossibly terrifying things like travelling on my own for three months, and like giving birth. The other, more sensible approach is to take tiny steps, one at a time. For some of us, even taking the first tiny step is a process that will involve doing a horrible thing to your future self, but they're much tinier steps. ---- 1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diving#/media/File:Diver2.jpg Public domain. 2) Photo by Mikito Tateisi on Unsplash. Public domain.
  12. 12. video TV? I dunno team meetings local meetups conferences all-hands meetings podcasts status updates absolute blinding terror of speaking in public Here's a set of steps you could take, starting at the bottom. Some of these will be big terrifying jumps that you need to trick yourself into doing. Some will follow easily from the previous one. It depends on the person. Start by speaking up in team meetings. Not a presentation, just a status update. If you can do that, see if you can present a two minute thing at your team meeting. Maybe move to a longer presentation, or a nearby team, or a customer. Work up to a few teams at once, maybe an all hands. If you can do that, a local meetup is maybe not so bad. Maybe they record it. If you've done a meetup, a conference is nbd. From there, maybe podcasts? TED Talks? TV? I don't know. Btw, if you're a manager or a TL, get everyone else to present all the time, including your interns. ----- Photo by Mikito Tateisi on Unsplash
  13. 13. internal women-in-tech summit expensive and time-consuming ESL class customer teams local meetups podcasts, anything unscripted present to team conferences status updates absolute blinding terror of speaking in public Here's how I did it. two jobs ago, I was terrified of even standing up in front of my team. I realised that this was a barrier to success and I signed up for a four week "teaching ESL" class, where you had to teach some classes to real students. This thing was super intense: three hours after work four days a week and most of Saturday. I figured the qualification would be useful if I ever wanted to travel, but mostly I figured it would be a gentle introduction to presenting. Think about that. An extra 18 hours a week of learning on top of a day job, and that was the easiest way I could imagine to learn public speaking. It worked. I taught four practice classes of 4-10 people. I had to do it: the students had paid for the class. Then I started the new job and a while later we needed someone to present for 10m about our team to another team who were supposed to page us if they needed to. Could I do that? Yes, yes I could. I stayed at that level of comfort with presentations for years. And, honestly, I think that's fine. If you can present basic information to small teams, that's most of what you need in the world. But then I started going to conferences. And I saw this style of talk that I really enjoyed -- entertaining and funny, lots of pictures -- and I wanted to try that style. So I did a lightning talk for our local all hands -- like 50 people -- and people laughed and I was like this is amazing. I did a longer talk to sell our new
  14. 14. system, included a bunch of stupid jokes, gave it a few times, people really liked it. Worked up to bigger audiences until I keynoted an internal tech women summit: 200 people, on a massive stage. It went great. And after that, meetups and conferences didn't seem like a big deal. What I haven't done yet is anything above that. I write and rehearse every word I'm going to say. The idea of being on a podcast or TV show, unscripted, is still intimidating to me. I'm working on it. Let's move on to how to choose what to talk about ----- Photo by Mikito Tateisi on Unsplash
  15. 15. "I expect you're all wondering why I invited you here today..": choosing a topic Ok, so what do you want to do a talk about? A lot of people think they don't have a talk in them, and that's often because they think if they know something, EVERYONE must know it. You don't need to be an expert to present. ---- https://pxhere.com/en/photo/1005947 CC0
  16. 16. Talk idea: how to do a thing you just learned how to do I just used postman for the first time and it was so cool :-D :-D Teach the last thing you learned.
  17. 17. Talk idea: the theory and practice of some topic How does train signalling work? Do a deep dive on a concept or technology.
  18. 18. Talk idea: case study of how your company did a thing We moved to Kubernetes and it was awesome and we are awesome and you could be awesome too. Tell a story of your path to something.
  19. 19. Talk idea: I wish everyone else would... I wish y'all would put dates on your design documents. Thank you for coming to my TED talk. You have something to say. If you're not sure, keep a pen and paper on your person and make a note when you next thing "grrr I wish everyone would… " and there's your talk.
  20. 20. "Pick me! Pick me!": writing the abstract Now time for a conference, which means choosing the conference. Usually a good start is to submit talks to conferences that you'd like to go to. It probably means your ideas are in that area, and also if your talk is accepted you get a free ticket, so bonus points. Another technique I use is to look at talks by speakers that I like, and see where they're submitting to. I like listening to Liz Fong Jones and Bridget Kromhaut, so I'll go ask them or look at their speakers pages and see where else they've spoken at. It's fine to submit multiple proposals to the same conference. If they accept more than one, it's fine to decline and just do one. It's ok to submit it and have it accepted and then back out but organising a conference is work so be apologetic. Most conferences have a call for papers, a cfp, which invites you to fill out some information about your talk on who you are. Usually there's an abstract section you give a short summary of your talk. ---- https://www.publicdomainpictures.net/en/view-image.php?image=44807&picture=abst ract-art-face. Public domain.
  21. 21. Your talk proposal should be relevant. The first thing is to make sure your proposal is relevant to the meetup or conference. The CFP should say what themes and topics they're looking for. Sometimes you can only get this information by starting to submit a proposal, which is annoying, but do it. This will also tell you how long the talks are. Some places only want 20 minute talks. Others only want 45m. Propose a talk that fits their model. While I'm here, I'll also add a warning about talks that are considered "vendory". I know nobody here would, but don't send in a talk that's a blatant shill for your company's product. That's very frowned upon.
  22. 22. Your talk proposal should be readable. Well spelled and punctuated implies that you care. It doesn't need to be perfect but take time to lay it out so that your proposal is clear. And get a proof reader.
  23. 23. Your talk proposal should be engaging. Be entertaining. Talks are about entertainment at least as much as information. The conference organisers want people to leave their conferences happy. We humans are not very complicated monkeys. We like to be entertained. If the talk is entertaining, we'll feel more happy. Happy people buy tickets for next year's conference. If you're reading the words back and you're bored, the committee will be too. Make it exciting.
  24. 24. Your talk proposal should say what you're going to say. Conference organisers see a lot of abstracts like "I will deliver five insights on leadership" and everyone scores that as "nope" because… what are they? Are they actually insightful? Maybe they would have been, but that talk doesn't get picked. Include in the proposal what the takeaways will be. Btw, you can include stuff in the abstract that you don't actually want going up on the conference webpage, if you don't want your insights spoilered. Just add a note like "please don't include this paragraph in the abstract" Some conferences will ask for an outline at this point, and that is great, because that's where you say what you're going to say. Even if the conference doesn't ask, I recommend writing it now anyway.
  25. 25. "May 22nd seemed further away when I agreed to this": writing the talk … because you'll need the outline later, and it'll make your abstract better. It also makes it clearer what you're going to say. Having an outline already figured out will make a better abstract. Doing the outline is the first step in writing a talk. My way of doing them is that I grab a google doc and I start typing crap into it, under headings and I do that here and there for maybe a few weeks. This is always a complete brainstorm and I write stuff in even if I don't think it works or I don't know where I'm going with the idea. Occasionally I'll hit on something that feels really big and stressful, like this feels important but I don't know what to do with it, and that's usually a sign I have something new and interesting that is worth pushing on. For a talk like this one, I had a fairly clear idea of what order I wanted things in, so I wrote section headings and shoved in notes under each one as bullet points. I did this talk in a couple of days on the subway; just adding some stuff when I thought of it. For a big conference talk, I might do this over weeks. Not every day or anything. Just add things in as they occur to me. ---- https://www.maxpixel.net/Hands-To-Write-Vintage-Lyrics-2208717 CC0
  26. 26. The outline. Here's a screenshot of the outline for this talk, and a zoom in to this section. You can see that it looks pretty much like it looks now. You don't need to read that; it's what I just said.
  27. 27. The narrative. The talk needs a structure. I always find the narrative the most difficult thing. Ok I'll be honest, a lot of talks are like "I threw a bunch of ideas at some slides and here they are". But if you put it in a coherent order, it's so much better. If you really have a bunch of points without a story, the format of "ten things I wish people knew about…" or "five ways to be better at…" is totally fine. As I go along, I note what stories the information is settling into. Is this a "how I did a thing?" story? Is it an intro? This is why it's useful to do it before the abstract. It might be a different talk than you think.
  28. 28. Dan DeLuca CC BY-2.0 For my last talk, the narrative took a long time to fall into place. I had this idea that fire escapes were a good illustration of how we used to build buildings thinking about escaping from fires but now we build them to be hard to set on fire, and how software is still at the first half of that… but I didn't really know how I wanted to structure that or what I wanted to say. Here's a tweet I wrote on December 26th, 15 days after I'd gotten a mail that my half-assed talk submission was accepted for devops days and also was the keynote. I was not feeling very good about the talk at that moment, but after a couple of weeks of putting raw material into my outline doc I had sort of turned the corner and found the narrative. (Phew!) Everything after that is just writing it; it's just work. But getting the narrative together is the difficult part, at least for me. There were actually about 10 extra stages I wanted to add in that tweet but I only had 280 characters. This slide sucks, btw. Too many words. ---- Dan DeLuca CC BY 2.0 https://flic.kr/p/76Jmb2 Dan DeLuca CC BY-2.0
  29. 29. Make slides. The next thing I do after getting the outline is start on the slides. I choose a template and choose a font. In my opinion, this is the second most important thing after the narrative. I'm so serious. You definitely need to have something to say, but if you have attractive slides, people will remember your talk fondly. If you only take two pieces of advice away from this talk:
  30. 30. Don't use the default Docs or Powerpoint slide template. Try http://slidescarnival.com If you only take two pieces of advice away from this talk… 1 Everyone at a conference has seen the default slide templates for Google Slides and Powerpoint. If you make yours different, it'll keep people more engaged. If you want to make an impact, do something people haven't seen before. I really like slidescarnival.com. This template's from there.
  31. 31. Promise me that you won't use Arial. Arial is boring. There, I said it. In Arial. Look how boring this is :-( 2 If you only take two pieces of advice away from this talk... Look, I am not a creative. I'm an engineer. I don't claim to have any taste -- look at the colours I chose for this thing. You should not take creative advice from me. But knock it off with Arial. Just… it's the worst. Nothing says "I do not care about this presentation" like Arial. Don't use comic sans either. This slide sucks because it has too many words on it. (Also because it's in Arial. Frickin Arial.) You've probably already heard advice around not putting too many words on a slide and not reading your slides. This is important and true. If you have a lot of text, your audience will read your slides and not listen to you. If you read your slides, everyone will feel bored.
  32. 32. Nothing says I don't care about this presentation like Arial. (Comic sans is also a no.) One other note about slides is that if you're at a conference, people will likely be tweeting what you're saying. If you have a particular point you really want to make, intentionally make it super tweetable. Here's an intentionally tweetable slide. It's got a few words that say something pithy and easy to understand and an illustration. The picture isn't necessary here! It just adds texture. Which is what pictures should do, I think. Well, sometimes pictures are diagrams that you're using to actually make your point, but a lot of the time, they're there to entertain, and to make your point again. They back up the words. You don't need images, btw. There are a lot of reasons you might not want to include them. ---- https://pixabay.com/en/cat-lazy-animal-tired-domestic-965174/ CC0
  33. 33. Choose some pictures (maybe). First thing: images are an enormous pain. It takes work to find them, the licenses will be wrong, they'll be the wrong size, and most of them aren't that good. But when you find the right one, the joy, my friends, the joy. The best images are non-obvious, but the audience immediately gets it without any context. If you really can't find one that speaks for itself, maybe it's worth calling out. In my experience, a joke is worth it. I mean, a good joke that you can drop well. If the audience laughs, they'll have a better time and at least half your job is to entertain. But don't be boring. I might be on my own with this one, but I recommend you don't use memes that everyone uses. Whatever your first thought for an image is, push on through, keep thinking. Do something original. Also, I beg you, don't use images that are shocking or offensive unless you're *really 100% no doubt* sure of your audience. Do not use sexy cartoon characters. Do not use political references unless you've really thought hard about it. Do not, really really do not use an iconic political image to illustrate something trivial. Let's talk licensing! Can you imagine anything more fun!
  34. 34. ATTRIBUTION: give credit on the slide SHARE ALIKE: slides need to be shared with the same license NO DERIVS: don't change the image NONCOMMERCIAL: don't use the image for commercial advantage ZERO: public domain, no credit needed You need permission to use the images. Yeah, you're going to go to conferences and see people using tv characters and you're going to grit your teeth and think of what you could do with Kimmy Schmidt facial expressions, but nope. You could extremely get your employer into trouble, and it's not worth the risk. Don't take chances with this stuff. There are a GAJILLION licenses and I am not a lawyer. Is anyone here a lawyer? Talk to them. But here is what I think they mean. CC0 means public domain. You can just use the image. CC BY means "By Attribution". You can do what you want with it so long as you give credit. SA means sharealike. You have to reshare your work, i.e., your slides, with the same license. This one's very common on wikimedia and it's a pain when you think you found the best image but then can't use it. ND means no derivative works. You can't change the image, even to crop it.
  35. 35. NC means non-commercial. Note: commercial means you can't directly or indirectly make money from it. If you speak at a conference and have your employer's name attached, you might ask their legal or comms team what to do. Even if you're not trying to make money, assume it could be construed as commercial use until legal tells you otherwise.
  36. 36. CC0 ● pixabay.com ● pexels.com ● unsplash.com ● works published in the US before 1923 Search ● Google image search ● Flickr image search ● Wikimedia ● Google photos: text search on your own images Stock images of people doing tech ● #wocintechchat archive ● The Jopwell Collection Here's some resources.
  37. 37. 16:9 4:3 Modifying images The other problem you're going to run into with images is sizing. Sometimes you want a big lovely splash image to fill the whole page. But there's a problem. Slides usually have an aspect ratio of 16 to 9: they're 16 units across and 9 units down. But if you look at photos online, they're more often square or 4:3. So what do you do?
  38. 38. Sleeping Beauty Castle Disney resort Paris [Explored], Alias 0591 CC BY 2.0 Stretched Well, you can stretch it, but it changes the image. This is actually not terrible here, but in a lot of cases it looks rubbish. ---- https://flic.kr/p/bTLWFM Sleeping Beauty Castle Disney resort Paris [Explored] By Alias 0591
  39. 39. Sleeping Beauty Castle Disney resort Paris [Explored], Alias 0591 CC BY 2.0 Cropped In a lot of cases, you can crop it -- cut out a rectangle that's the size you want. It works fantastically a lot of the time. But here, again, this doesn't work. You either lose the top or bottom half of the castle. So the third option, which I still find kind of hilarious: you open up your image editor and… https://flic.kr/p/bTLWFM Sleeping Beauty Castle Disney resort Paris [Explored] By Alias 0591
  40. 40. Mirroring You take a copy of the picture, reverse it and put it side by side. And hope nobody notices the grass. This one looks kind of obvious, so you might choose that place to put your text. ---- https://flic.kr/p/bTLWFM Sleeping Beauty Castle Disney resort Paris [Explored] By Alias 0591
  41. 41. SOME PROFOUND POINT ABOUT CASTLES So, this is a pain to do, especially if you're not into image manipulation: probably it's easy for people who like graphics, but it's a pain for me. So in reality I've only done this a few times. My preferred approach is much lazier: ---- https://flic.kr/p/bTLWFM Sleeping Beauty Castle Disney resort Paris [Explored] By Alias 0591
  42. 42. Take an image that's the wrong size… -- Image from Pixabay, CC0
  43. 43. And put it on an appropriately coloured background and call it good enough. -- Image from Pixabay, CC0
  44. 44. Another one…. ---- https://www.pexels.com/photo/time-watch-clock-hours-9352/ CC0
  45. 45. Tada! ---- https://www.pexels.com/photo/time-watch-clock-hours-9352/ CC0
  46. 46. tick tick tick... If there's text on the screen, people will look at the text and not notice. Probably. I may be overthinking this. ---- https://www.pexels.com/photo/time-watch-clock-hours-9352/ CC0
  47. 47. Write some words. So, that's the narrative, the slides and the pictures, but of course the fourth part of writing the talk is the words. Your talk needs to sound like you, so it's hard to give advice here. Reading someone else's words is the worst. How much you plan in advance, how much you adlib, that depends on what kind of person you are. I have traditionally planned out EVERY SINGLE WORD in advance. The jokes, the emphasis, when I wave my hands in the air, everything. People are like "come be on my podcast" and I'm like "...say unrehearsed words? I will accidentally swear! I'll get nervous and start talking nonsense" I'm just starting to try out talks with the speaker notes turned off, walking around with a clicker. It's terrifying. (This very talk was the first time I did that and it went ok!)
  48. 48. “I hate writing, I love having written.” ― Dorothy Parker All of this takes a long time. I like images, which are fiddly, and I really want a good narrative, and the narrative takes me forever to put together. You see people throwing together talks the night before, and that's fine, you do you, friends, but I can't make something that feels good enough without many hours work. I estimate 50-60 hours for my last talk, something like 15h for this very easy (and extremely unpolished :-/) one. I asked on Twitter to see if it was just me, and the most common response was an hour of work for every minute of a talk.
  49. 49. "Carnegie Hall? Sure, it's on 57th and 7th": practice Ok, step six! PRACTICE. Never phone it in. Rehearse. This is genuinely something where if you put more work in, it will go better. --- https://pixabay.com/en/piano-music-girl-young-musical-606080/ CC0
  50. 50. Practice a lot. Practice the beginning and end even more.
  51. 51. Do a dry run. Some conferences schedule you for a rehearsal. Take it! Do a dry run in front of friends. Find out what jokes don't work. The talk will get better every time.
  52. 52. "Oh crap, it's today": actually speaking Alright! It's the day of the talk. I try to prepare by having an early night and then a solid protein smart-brain breakfast, but do whatever makes you feel smart and resilient. Wear clothes that make you feel confident. ---- https://www.pexels.com/photo/black-and-gray-microphone-164829/ CC0
  53. 53. Turn fear into excitement. I get incredibly nervous about 45 minutes before the talk. Used to be hours, so I'm getting better. I need to turn the nervous energy into excitement. If you tell yourself "wow, I feel so excited", it'll help. I listen to fast music very loud, so my brain thinks my body is having a reasonable response. ---- http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2013/12/performance-anxiety.aspx
  54. 54. Develop your own rituals. I always get an early night, and I always go stand on the stage the day before my talk (if I can, or at least earlier that day), and walk around and own it. Just before getting miked, I go check my teeth and bra strap in the mirror.
  55. 55. Get mic'd The AV folks will set you up with microphones. Take off your conference badge or any jewelery or scarves that could rustle the microphone.
  56. 56. Go get on stage! Try to look at the crowd a lot. Bring water. If you get nervous or forget what to say, drink water. Have a friend in the front row who will give you a thumbs up and tell you you're doing good. I have been that friend a lot. LMK if you need me to be that friend. If you're going to get scared and speak fast, leave reminders in your speaker notes to slow down. Try to enjoy it.
  57. 57. Feel free to skip the Q&A. Up to you. Ways to get out of Q&A: - If you've rehearsed enough times, you can make your talk exactly 29.9 minutes long. - If you're telling stories of breakage, you can say "who will share a story of a time they broke something". Get a couple of people primed to do that in advance or you will be mortified if nobody speaks. Tag me if you ever plan to do that and I'm there. I have broken many things. - You can say "I hate Q&A but come talk to me afterwards" Alternatively, you can do Q&A but make it not terrible:
  58. 58. You need to see Jessica Hilt's talk, "Strategic Storytelling" from LISA 2016. Slide used with permission. One is to make it clear that Q&A is something you don't like, but you're doing it despite that, so everyone better be nice. I saw Jessica Hilt do this thing where she said "I hate Q&A but I will accept questions if everyone promises to be kind." I love that. https://www.usenix.org/conference/lisa16/conference-program/presentation/hilt
  59. 59. From Corey Quinn's fantastic LISA talk "Don't You Know Who I Am: The Dangers of Celebrity in Tech". Used with permission. Or use Corey Quinn's method, which is putting up this slide for the Q&A and reminding everyone to ask an actual question. (It worked.)
  60. 60. "I never have to do that again. Until next time." It's OVER! Hurray! You did it! Immediately after the talk, you may have a bunch of people who want to talk about your topic, or you may get to just go on with your life like nothing happened. ---- https://www.freepik.com/free-vector/the-winner_766744.htm
  61. 61. Reply to your twitter notifications (or don't; it's fine) If there were livetweeters, your mentions may now completely be toast. You can try to read them all or you can declare notification bankruptcy. In theory you should sit down and watch the next talk, but in practice everyone reads their mentions. (If you want to do conference speaking and don't have twitter, I recommend you get one for conferences. It's a good way to engage with people who want to talk to you about your talk.)
  62. 62. Watch the video (or don't; it's fine) A few weeks after the conference, there's usually a video. It's up to you if you want to watch it. I send mine to my mom without looking at them.
  63. 63. Submit the talk to other conferences (or don't; that's fine too) It's fine to use the same talk multiple times. Writing talks takes ages. Most people do multiple times. It's fine to send the video of a talk you gave in to other conferences and be like "hey do you want this?" A few places maybe want completely original content, but unless the audiences are identical, most places are fine with reusing. You'll probably get better the more times you do the talk.
  64. 64. Do something to celebrate. (Really.) And finally.. Lara Hogan has this great blog post (https://larahogan.me/donuts/) about career celebration and marking achievements. I completely buy in to this philosophy. Lara celebrates with donuts. Me, I like fish and chips and a beer. You do whatever feels celebratory to you. You did good. And that was my last line.
  65. 65. THANKS ! Questions…………….. "It's more of an observation really..." free $20 You can find me on Twitter: @whereistanya! Or the armchairs on the 10th floor of Squarespace New York. And this is my thank you slide with contact details. I mostly don't do Q&A but I will if everyone promises to be nice.

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