Soft Skills – As Important If Not More Important Than Technical Skills At Conferences

A number of years ago, after speaking at user groups, companies, high schools, colleges, code camps and at large paid conferences for 20 years I decided to turn the topic of my sessions away from the latest version of a framework and somehow figure out a way to teach my “experience” of software engineering.  This … Continue reading Soft Skills – As Important If Not More Important Than Technical Skills At Conferences

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Did You Know Most Speakers At Software Conferences Don’t Get Paid?

I have been speaking at software conferences since the 90’s. Since competition is pretty high at paid conferences, most I have spoken at are “community conferences” which are usually free or a very low-cost. One of the very first Silicon Valley Code Camps I spoke at (the largest in the world with over 2,500 attendees … Continue reading Did You Know Most Speakers At Software Conferences Don’t Get Paid?

Tips for Speaking at a Community Conference

I've been speaking for over 20 years and at community conferences like Code Camp and SQL Saturday for over 10 years. Based on my experience, here are tips and suggestions for anyone who wants to give back to the community and speak at these types of conferences. Prepare Your Slides And Demos! Don't wait until … Continue reading Tips for Speaking at a Community Conference