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So you’re speaking at GHC16. What do you need to know? How can you prepare to be the best you can be? How do you calm your nerves?!
Although I wasn’t lucky enough to have any submissions accepted to this year’s conference, I have spoken at Grace Hopper before along with many other venues. Let me start by reassuring you that this is one of the very best places to present. I have rarely found a more wonderfully supportive audience.
Let’s get some of the official stuff out of the way. As a speaker, you need to thoroughly read through everything on the speakers section of the conference website. In particular, note the quick references on the right.
I’d like to draw your attention especially to the Speaker Ready Room info. There, you’ll learn about uploading your slides before your presentation, and you’ll see a link to the slides template. Please take the time to design your presentation using the template right from the get-go. Trying to shoehorn an existing presentation into the template tends to look unprofessional, and not using the template at all even more so. Also make sure to leave plenty of time to upload your presentation and test it. You’ll want to make sure any embedded media is actually embedded, and that your fonts and colours look ok.
The conference website also includes some tips on speaking. I’d also like to share another amazing resource that brings you weekly inspiration and advice on speaking: a newsletter called Technically Speaking. Subscribe now and you will benefit leading up to your talk, and check out the archives as well.
Finally, I have a few tips of my own:
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