Conference Schedule - BSDCan 2020

Hear Me Out: Technical Talk Tutorial

Date: 2020-06-04
Time: 09:00 - 12:00
Room: Stream 1
Level: Beginner

All times are based on Ottawa time, which is UTC -4. For example, 9AM is 1300 UTC.

This session is for first-time speakers, or those who want to enhance their existing public speaking skills by focusing on presenting technical talks.

Public speaking terrifies many. Speaking on a technical subject adds a dimension of fear that the speaker will be found out to be an "impostor". However, we needn't feel this way. Like all areas of human excellence, public speaking is a combination of learning the skills, and practice.

In this half-day tutorial we'll learn how to select, propose, prepare, and present technical talks in small group and conference settings.

In Talk Development we'll look at:

  • Topic Selection
  • Selecting an Interesting Title
  • Pitching the Topic (CFP Process)
  • Preparing the Talk
  • Presenting the Talk

In Presenting the Talk we'll look at:

  • Public Speaking as a Skill
  • Understanding Your Audience
  • Practicing
  • Handling Goofs, Gaffs, and Technical Issues
  • Where to Get More Help


Aaron Poffenberger