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Josh Comeau Medium

Lessons learned as a conference speaker

How do you develop an idea for a talk, determine the conferences to pitch, actually deliver the talk, and whether or not it's even worth doing? Joshua Comeau writes on Medium: I’m still very much at the beginning of my career. I’m only ~5 years into what will likely be a 40-year career, so I’m only about 1/8th through! That thought is simultaneously liberating and dizzying; it means I don’t have to feel rushed when it comes to making the most of every available opportunity, but it also means I have no clue what’s ahead. Conference-speaking is a worthwhile endeavor, but it’s one heck of a bumpy ride, and not always worth it. I’ll continue to prepare talks — as long as folks still want to hear what I have to say... Joshua ends with an invitation ... 👏 I encourage you to give it a shot. Feel free to reach out to me, I’m always happy to give your proposal a quick read :)

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André Staltz staltz.com

Your IDE as a presentation tool

André Staltz: I’ve just given my third programming talk where I use only my IDE (integrated development environment) for live coding and no other presentation tool. I noticed the audiences were very pleased with these talks, and I think it’s correlated to using an IDE and not a slides program. If you've ever watched one of André's talks, you know he gives good talks regardless of whether or not he's using an IDE. But he makes a good case for their use in general and goes in to great detail* on how to do it well. *even explaining each individual editor setting and why they were selected

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Kitze github.com

Did you like anything in particular about a conference? Let's make a list 🎉

A great idea/initiative kicked off by Kitze: Did you like anything in particular about a conference? Did you hate anything? Let's make organizing conferences an easier task. As a conference co-organizer myself, I know first-hand that we're always looking to harvest good ideas (and avoid bad ones) from other conferences. Having a community-created list for this kind of knowledge will be super useful. But we need your help: The initial document is pretty one-sided, biased, and based on my own experience and perspective. It's probably missing tons of things. That's why it's on GitHub and it's not a Medium article. Please help me cover everything and make this document amazing 😍️

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