This is the first part in a series on speaking at tech conferences - this part focusses on getting started and reasons why you might want to speak at conferences.
If you have been toying with the idea of getting into public speaking and sharing your knowledge at a conference or meet-up, but don’t really know how to get started, this is for you. Don’t worry if you are still hesitant, feel nervous about it or don’t know what to talk about - I got you covered.
Start with the why.
There are many good reasons for getting into speaking at conferences - maybe you’d like to share a project that’s dear to your heart or something you have learned; maybe you want to push yourself out of your comfort zone, learn new skills, or maybe you’re just a natural entertainer and like being on stage.
Whatever your reasons might be, there is no right or wrong here.
And before you start doubting and questioning whether you are qualified or experienced enough, let me stop you right there. Yes, you are. It doesn't have to be a matter of experience, and you don't have to be the expert in a field to be 'allowed' to talk about it. Everyones' perspectives are valuable, and you never know who might take great learnings from your contribution.
If you told me a year ago, I would be speaking at in-person conferences in front of an audience; I would have probably laughed in your face (or, come to think of it, ran away!?). Not only did it seem impossible and miles and miles away, but I also didn’t even know where to start.
These days, it’s actually (and oddly) part of my job. And while I still get very nervous and it’s all still pretty new - I would love to share what I have learned along the way, and I hope it helps you on your journey if that’s something you’d like to get into.
So we’ll have a look at how to find a topic and apply to a CFP, get accepted and finally deliver your talk.
Of course, non of this is the only truth - many ways lead to your goal. If you found different things work for you, feel free to share in the comments, I always love to hear about different perspectives.
Have you already applied to a conference or are you planning to? 🤓🙌