Saturday, November 7, 2015

2016 Speaking Goals

I started public speaking in 2012 with a New Year's Resolution. It was a great way to gather my thoughts on what I want to share, and have grown a lot since then as a speaker. Last year Cate and I started Technically Speaking to help other people to start speaking at technical conferences, and we would like to take advantage of the new year to get more people to set speaking goals.

As a part of our birthday celebrations, Technically Speaking is offering 1-hour mentoring sessions to help people turn ideas into reality.

To get the ball rolling, here are my goals:

  1. Revamp my speaker page
  2. Give a keynote
  3. Help 3 first-time speakers give talks at conferences

Revamp my speaker page

Currently my speaker page is a list of all the talks I have given. I would like to update it to highlight certain talks, embed some videos, and also state my speaking requirements. I really like how Rachel Andrew explains her policy, and would like to create something similiar.

Give a keynote

I gave my very first keynote at Android Summit this year. I prepared a lot more than a tech talk, but it was also a lot more rewarding, because as a keynote speaker I try to motivate people to step out of their comfort zone. I would like to do that again.

Help 3 first-time speakers give talks at conferences

Navigating the speaking scene can be quite daunting, especially if you have never given a talk before. I broadcast tips and tricks on Technically Speaking, but nothing beats 1-on-1 mentoring, both for the mentor and mentee. As a mentor, I get the satisfaction of seeing concrete results.

Help me help you achieve your goals and mine. Post yours!

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