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Jess Lee (she/her)

How do you write and practice your conference talks?

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jenn schiffer Ask Me Anything

ok so this may seem bad but it totally works for me so...i write my conference talks in my head for like weeks in advance and will sometimes take notes in a personal slack i use. i don't really make slides until a few days before and leading up to the talk (slides are my least favorite part of giving talks) and i do not practice. sometimes conference organizers insist on me doing a run-through but i vehemently protest. it just feels unnatural to me on stage if i've done it before.

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Jess Lee (she/her)

wow, ok. that's pretty amazing. do you ever recycle talks?

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jenn schiffer Ask Me Anything

i've never done the same talk more than once, no - although i'll recycle ideas if they are impactful enough for the group i'm speaking in front of. it's a lot of work and tbqh i know a lot of speakers don't agree with me but life is a highway!

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