December 20, 2016

Technically Speaking - December 20, 2016

Chiu-Ki has gone adventuring! This week we have a special guest co-curator @zoonini. Kathryn is part of Get Speaking which curates resources on public speaking.

Kathryn Presner thrives on helping people get the most out of WordPress. After a career designing and building websites for clients, she joined Automattic as a Happiness Engineer in 2012. She's currently Theme Whisperer on the Theme Team, where she helps folks with customization, configuration, and troubleshooting. She enjoys spreading her passion for WordPress and encouraging new public speakers at WordCamps, Girl Geeks, Ladies Learning Code, and other grassroots events. Non-WordPress obsessions include vintage Pyrex mixing bowls and growing garlic.

This week we have setting public speaking goals for 2017, getting to 50% women speakers, the most challenging talk format - and what you can learn from it!

Thanks to this week's sponsor @TravisCI! Focus on writing code. Let Travis CI take care of running your tests and deploying your apps.

This week Technically Speaking comes to you from Montréal and Buenos Aires!

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Event date: May 5, 2017
Location: Berlin, Germany
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Link Roundup

Cate wrote about how she did on her public speaking goals for 2016 - and what she's hoping to acheive in 2017 [read it][tweet it]. Have you blogged about your public speaking in 2016? Set any goals for 2017? We'd love to read them!

In her WordCamp US talk From Shadows to Limelight: How Women Found Their Voice At WordCamp Montreal, Kathryn recounts the story of how the Montreal WordPress community transformed its annual event, going from just four women speakers in 2009 to at least 50% women speakers at their last two WordCamps. [read it][tweet it]

Wonderful writeup on Tech Speakers training by @flowerycoder [read it][tweet it]. Our favourite tip was this one for choosing a topic, "Talk about something that interests you, also don’t make your talk too generic, and be unique in a way that makes this talk fit you."

PechuKucha or Ignite talks are a challenging format - even for an experienced speaker! @femgineer shares what she learned doing one, and how she had to change her usual approach [read it][tweet it].

Kathryn reviewed Lara Hogan's Demystifying Public Speaking, a valuable guide for new public speakers [read it][tweet it].


We're always inspired by people who give back to the community. PyLadies Chicago organizer and Sprout Social software engineer @loooorenanicole is offering free 30-minute mentoring sessions for beginner speakers from groups underrepresented in tech [read it][tweet it]. A great opportunity to take advantage of!

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