I decided that I need to be more visible when I became an independent developer a few years ago. I came up with three ways to increase visibility:
- Public speaking
- Social media
Turns out they are not three separate things, but very intertwined. Blogging allows me to showcase my technical expertise, helping me get my first speaking opportunities. As I gained more experience I started blogging about speaking as well, which is a great way to establish yourself as a speaker who cares about giving good talks.
There are a few ways you can write about speaking:
To get started, write about the topics that you would like to speak on. It gives you a chance to take inventory of your interests, and it signals to others that you want to speak so they can connect you with meetups and conferences.
- New Year Resolution: Be a public speaker by me
- The Public Speaker by Pam Selle
- Speak Up! by Camille Acey
We are all nervous about speaking, and it really helps to know other people have the same problems too. Share how you feel before, during and after you speak, and how you cope with your anxiety.
- I Spoke About Feminism to a Buncha Dudes at a Tech Conf & it Was Actually Pretty Good by Marni Cohen
- How I Prep in the 24 Hours Before Giving a Conference Talk by Sasha Laundy
- 7 Weird Tips No One Told Me About Speaking by Pamela O. Vickers
Talk about what you saw at a conference. What talks did you see? Did you pick up any new speaking techniques? How did your talk go?
You can try my blogging formula for conference reports. Key points: Embed photos and tweets!
Transform your talk into written form
Whether it is a 5-minute lightning talk or 50-minute lecture, you have taken out a lot of material to form a good narrative and maintain a good pace (You have, right?). You can turn those additional material into blog posts.
Another way to expand your talk into a blog post annotated slides. Here are some examples:
- Your App Is Good and You Should Feel Good by William Van Hecke
- Turning Risk Into Opportunity by Karen Catlin
There you go, I have written about speaking (actually, I have written about writing about speaking. I know, so meta). Your turn now. If you are an aspiring speaker, go write your topic list. And if you have given a few talks already, write a summary post of your journey. How did you start? What have you learned since then? What are your next goals?