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    3:03 – Deciding to Speak in the First Place

    4:34 – Building Your Brand / Promoting a Company

    • Freelancing

    5:51 – Cure for Introversion / Networking

    8:22 – Learning

    • Will motivate yourself to learn a new skill on a level where you can effectively speak about it
    • Problems you’ve overcome are fresh in your mind / can explain the speedbumps

    9:12 – Pragmatic Thinking and Learning

    9:12 – Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition

    10:20 – Picking a Topic

    • “Someone on the internet is wrong!”
    • 7 Distinct Types of talks:
      • Keynote
      • Point is to inspire people
      • Good Example:  Dave Thomas on embracing enterprise
      • How To
      • Experience Report
      • Blow your Mind
      • Patterns & Practices
    • Soft Talks / Improving Lives / Motivational
    • “Check out my New Library Talk”
    • Lightning Talk

    18:14 – Natural Disposition.

    18:38 – What You Know / What You Want to Learn

    19:16 – Talk About the Problems Solved by Your Topic

    19:32 – Tell a Story

    19:41 – The Abstract Should Sell the Talk

    • Point of Talk:  SELL YOUR IDEA!

    21:17 – Write the abstract first before writing the talk

    • Take a Risk

    26:13 – It's Fine to Not Know Something!

    26:47 – Avoid Totally Mainstream Topics

    • Make Sure Your Talk Hasn't Been Done Before

    27:50 – “Why Tests are Like Mathematical Proofs”

    28:18 – There's Always Something New to Say

    29:09 – Your Name/Brand Counts A Lot (More Than it Should)

    • Build Your Brand Online to Get Selected

    32:04 – Be Thorough

    • Solve Pain Points
    • Study Past Conferences

    33:55 – Bounce Ideas Off Others

    • Submit Multiple Ideas RFPs (If Allowed)

    35:14 – Slide Content

    • Don’t Fly Without a Net

    37:22 – Mistakes To Avoid:

    • Don't Rely on Internet Access
    • Slide Contrast
    • Scope Out the Room
    • Know Your Projector
    • Lighting
    • Keep Code Sparse Per Slide
    • Don't Use a Laser Pointer
    • Highlight Code
    • Don't Read Your Whole Speech

    43:42 – Attend Talks Before Conferences => User Groups

    44:18 – Get Feedback

    44:55 – Rehearse

    48:32 – Be Funny and Entertaining

    51:27 – Conference Expectations

    • Travel / Costs

    56:49 – How to Work Well With the Conference Staff

    • Interact with Others Outside of Speaking

    1:02:53 – Don't be “That Guy”