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Dan Abramov Dec 25
Huh, writing this is turning out more difficult than I thought
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Dan Abramov Dec 25
Replying to @dan_abramov
The part I struggle most with is figuring out what to talk about. A lot of people ask me: “How to pick a good topic? How do I know my thoughts are interesting to other people and are unique?”
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Dan Abramov Dec 25
Replying to @dan_abramov
There’s a lot of feel-good advice like “Start anywhere! Pick any topic, somebody will find it interesting!” I understand why it makes sense for beginner speakers. You don’t want to alienate them from first talks. But it also makes any advice look like gatekeeping.
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Dan Abramov Dec 25
Replying to @dan_abramov
There’s a balance here that is difficult for me to express. “Don’t doubt yourself, you’ll do great, your thoughts are interesting” is a part of it. But if you don’t find your own thoughts interesting then it might be challenging to convince your audience of that.
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Dan Abramov Dec 25
Replying to @dan_abramov
“Talk about anything, it will be great” seems shallow. “Talk about what you love, it’s all about your passion” seems like misleading gatekeeping. 😐
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Sophie Alpert
“If you are enthusiastic about it, you can get the audience to care about it”
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