“Who Made Your Slides?” (Not Me)

I’ve been having someone else create my slide decks for a while now. Because I hate creating slide decks. Because I’m not good at it. Because I don’t want to get good at it – better to practise delegation instead. Because it forces me to think about message I want my slides to give, rather than […]

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My Worst Public Speaking Experience

In my friend Lara’s book, she writes about her first – and worst – public speaking experience. She was invited to keynote but… they invited the wrong person, and she realized that as they gave an unrecognizable introduction – just before she walked on stage. I don’t have a story quite that bad, but I […]

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2016 Speaking and 2017 Goals

Last year I set myself some speaking goals. They were: Six talks. Speak on three continents. Give a keynote. How did I do? Six Talks My idea was “no more than six talks” and whether or not I adhered to it depends on your definition of “talk”. I gave 6 conference talks: Try!Swift Tokyo, OSCON, […]

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#NotAllMen Like Playboy

So I hear that a conference gave away Playboy magazine as part of the event swag. The internet expressed their outrage, and there was an apology. I haven’t read it. I hear it wasn’t stupid, but… meh. Here’s the thing. There are some classes of problem in conference inclusivity. Someone at our event behaved inappropriately. […]

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My Current Policy on Speaker Travel Costs

Tiny Raccon perches on a pillow on a business class airline seat. Below sits a passport, in a case that says "without this I'm nothing"

About a year ago I wrote about how I get myself uninvited from unflattering speaking invitations (TL;DR I use them as negotiation practise). And last August I wrote about the different options that speakers have when it comes to travel costs – including not going. I was pretty public about not speaking if there was no […]

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