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March 01, 2007

Speaking at Conferences

In a great practical step, someone (I can't find out who - anyone know?) has set up a wiki to help people develop as conference speakers. If you'd like mentoring, or want to offer your skills as a mentor, or any advice, head on over, and contribute.

My simple advice is to

1. develop expertise others will appreciate
2. practice. do a podcast. video yourself, do screencasts with voice overs.
3. got a blog? start one. Really focus it on something you love, an area you feel you have something to offer others in (believe me, talking from experience, you don't have to be the world's expert, just know an area well and communicate what people need to know)
4. go and speak at barcamps. Theyare sprining up everywhere. I notice that women are very unrepresented at barcampsyndey, on this week - no one can lay the blame of that on the organisers - anyone can go and speak!

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Looks like it was Meri Williams of

Posted by: Carolyn Wood | Mar 1, 2007 1:11:42 PM

Yes, see: http://www.makemeaspeaker.com/index.php?title=MakeMeASpeaker:About

Posted by: john | Mar 1, 2007 4:37:13 PM

Hi John! It was me!!

Posted by: Meri | Mar 2, 2007 4:20:54 AM

Onya Meri!

great work

already signed on as a mentor


Posted by: John Allsopp | Mar 2, 2007 12:14:33 PM