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Saron
A lot of amazing people don't speak at conferences because they think speaking requires being an expert. It doesn't. At all.
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Saron Aug 28
Replying to @saronyitbarek
Speaking is a form of storytelling. It's a performance more than anything. It's a skill than be practiced and learned.
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Saron Aug 28
Replying to @saronyitbarek
But that's not very practical advice, so here's a technique I use in all my talks: I'm never the expert. I'm the student.
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Saron Aug 28
Replying to @saronyitbarek
I'm the main character that goes on a tech-related journey and learns thing along the way. My talk is me sharing those lessons with you.
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Nicholas Hunt-Walker Aug 28
Replying to @saronyitbarek
Glad I follow you right now
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Saron Aug 28
Replying to @saronyitbarek
I pick a starting point that's accessible, that the audience can relate to. Ex: "I want to be an expert developer asap! How do I do that?"
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Saron Aug 28
Replying to @saronyitbarek
That one's from my "Reading Code Good" talk that I've given ~15x. Also my 1st talk ever:
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Saron Aug 28
Replying to @saronyitbarek
or "What does it take to be an open source contributor?" which is from my "Lucky" talk
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Saron Aug 28
Replying to @saronyitbarek
A simple, relatable problem to start, and then the rest of the talk is spent taking you on a journey where I unpack this problem
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Saron Aug 28
Replying to @saronyitbarek
and learn a few things along the way. I have a strong narrative that's easy to follow, but the lessons are always concrete and explicit
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Nadia Odunayo Aug 28
Replying to @saronyitbarek
Read this thread from on putting together conference talks. It’s the story that’s key, not whether you’re an expert or not.
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Saron Aug 28
Replying to @saronyitbarek
At the end, I'm not an expert. I'm the character in a story who's grown and learned. And if I do my job, the audience has learned with me.
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Saron Aug 28
Replying to @saronyitbarek
This is incredibly valuable, because now you have a powerful connection with your audience.
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Saron Aug 28
Replying to @saronyitbarek
And, interestingly enough, sharing not just what you know but *how* you came to know it means that
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Saron Aug 28
Replying to @saronyitbarek
You are able to establish your expertise without declaring yourself an expert.
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Saron Aug 28
Replying to @saronyitbarek
So instead of focusing on whether you know enough, think about the last time you learned something that was meaningful to you.
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Mairin Murray Aug 28
Replying to @saronyitbarek
Thank you!! Just watching now. Love the illustrations and animations too!
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Saron Aug 28
Replying to @saronyitbarek
Find a problem, a conflict you experienced. Think about how you solved it. What's the story there? How did you learn? How've you grown?
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Saron Aug 28
Replying to @saronyitbarek
It might make a good talk! How do you overcome the "expertise myth" of speaking?
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Saron Aug 28
Replying to @nhuntwalker
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