Speaking for Non-Speakers

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Many conference attendees come year after year without giving presentations. The sense that there's a high bar for perfection is pervasive, and people are afraid of being "wrong." Everyone has a story to tell about a problem they've solved or issues they've tackled. Learn how to share your experiences without fear, and join the speaker community!


The idea of presenting at conferences is frequently daunting to non-speakers. When I got started giving talks, I was terrified of being called out on areas I wasn’t an expert in. I finally realized that there are different ways to present information.

Proscriptive talks – talks that present the one true way to solve a problem – are only one way to help people learn. Presenting about your experiences, by telling stories, helps the audience learn about what you’re talking about in an engaging way, and helps you to have the confidence that you are engaging in a conversation with the audience instead of a lecture. Do you enjoy talking about technical topics in smaller groups? If so, you’ve likely got some excellent tales to tell to help other people past hurdles you’ve jumped, or around mines you’ve learned to avoid.

Come hear my stories about speaking, the lessons I’ve learned and tricks I employ in order to engage and retain the attention of my audience. Come join the presenter community! We don’t bite, and we have cookies!

Speaking experience

Presented at OSCON several times, PHPTek, Gluecon and Defrag, Future Insights


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    Kirsten Hunter is an unapologetic hacker and passionate advocate for the development community. Her technical interests range from graph databases to cloud services, and her experience supporting and evangelizing REST APIs has given her a unique perspective on developer success. In her copious free time she’s a gamer, fantasy reader, and all around rabble-rouser. Code samples, recipes, and philosophical musings can be found here.