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Resources for speakers
We like to keep a list of some of our favourite resources for conference speakers, whether you're brand new or more experienced. If you have a tip for us, tweet us at
How to Become a Public Speaker in 1 Year
– The first in an eight-part (so far) series of tips written by Catt Small for people who want to build their confidence and start speaking at conferences.
How I Write Talks
– It's always nice to get an insight into how other people approach a task, and this post from Ian Malpass goes into detail about the challenges he faced and how he overcame them.
How To Brainstorm Talk Ideas
– This framework for thinking about talk ideas from Melinda Seckington has a ton of useful and inspiring starting points.
Tech Talks: What to Say When You Have “Nothing to Say”
– Alaina Kafkes writes about why anyone interested in technology has something worthwhile to say about it.
The (Chocolate) Ripple Effect of Public Speaking
– A fascinating post from Belinda Darcey on the (sometimes surprising) consequences of public speaking.
10 Tips on How to Make Slides That Communicate Your Idea
– Big picture plus tactical tips for speakers from the TED Blog.
– A collection of thoughts and tips from Zac Holman on different aspects of public speaking, including designing your slides and preparing for the day.
Present! A Techie's Guide to Public Speaking
– The ultimate public speaking guide from tech speakers Poornima Vijayashanker and Karen Catlin.
The Simple Trick to Avoid Overwhelming Your Audience
– A slide-deck from Leslie Belknap on how to structure your presentation in such a way that you don't burn your audience out.
A White-Label Slide Deck
– A simple slide deck created by Alice Bartlett, that's suitable for presentations in front a big audience.
On Choosing a Syntax Highlighting Scheme for Your Next Presentation
– A short reminder from Rebecca Murphey on why you should never use a colour scheme with a dark background.
Are You Hanging on One Slide for Dear Life? 7 Fixes
– Tips from Denise Graveline for speakers who tend to get stuck on one slide for ages.
Lists and round-ups
The Speakers' Checklist
– A thoughtful and in-depth list from Emma Jane that outlines tasks according to how long before your talk you'll want to complete them.
– A weekly newsletter from Cate Huston and Chiu-Ki Chan with Calls for Proposals and information on public speaking, with a focus on technical topics.
The Weekly CFP
– A weekly newsletter listing Calls for Papers currently open.
– The results of a survey carried out by Rachel Andrew on what it's like to be a speaker at a tech conference.