I had the opportunity recently to attend AdaCamp Montreal, an “unconference” devoted to increasing women’s participation in “open technology and culture,” from Wikipedia to open-source software. While attendees were brainstorming ideas for potential sessions and workshops on the mailing list a few weeks before the event, I had a flash that this would be the perfect place to run a workshop for women thinking about getting into public speaking or wanting to improve their presentation skills. The 2.5 hour workshop time slot was perfect, so when it came time to pitch ideas on the first day of AdaCamp, I went for it.
On April 14, I ran the workshop for a group of women with varying levels of public speaking experience. They shared what’s stopped them – from feeling too busy to lack of confidence – and brainstormed the benefits of giving presentations – from being seen as an expert in your field to serving as a role model for other women. Each participant wrote up a pitch for a presentation, and they shared constructive feedback on each others’ proposals. We looked at what makes great slides, common mistakes that new speakers make, and how to handle challenging question-and-answer sessions. I had a chalk board available for the first time giving this workshop, and I took full advantage of it – fun and useful!
I look forward to seeing what these women do next in the public-speaking world.
Photos (cc 2.0) by Eva Blue. See more of her photos from AdaCamp Montreal.
Kathryn and Tammie are super excited to bring So You Want to Be a WordCamp Speaker: A practical workshop for beginners to Kathryn’s hometown of Montreal on November 13, 2014.
If you’ve ever thought about speaking at a WordCamp but imposter syndrome or nerves stopped you from submitting a talk, this workshop is for you!
The session is completely free and open to all. To make sure everyone gets enough personal attention, places are limited, so register now to grab your spot.
We look forward to seeing all you aspiring WordCamp speakers from Montreal at RPM next month!
Tammie Lister and Kathryn Presner will be presenting So You Want to Be a WordCamp Speaker: A practical workshop for beginners on August 3 at WordCamp New York City. We look forward to meeting a slew of aspiring speakers there!
Wordcamp NYC is sold out, but if you already have your ticket, you can sign up for the workshop here.
Have you considered presenting at a WordCamp but thought you didn’t know enough or felt like an imposter? Does the idea of speaking in front of a group set your knees quivering and your heart racing?
During this hands-on session we’ll look at what’s stopped you from speaking in the past – and explore how to move past your fears. We’ll delve into practical techniques for choosing a topic, writing a proposal, crafting presentation content, and making great slides.
We’ll discuss how to avoid common public-speaking mistakes and techniques for battling stage fright. We’ll help you navigate the dreaded post-presentation Q&A session and gather post-talk feedback. Each participant will come out of the workshop with a WordCamp or meetup talk proposal – and more confidence to submit it.