Lightning Talk Workshop

Accepted Session
Long Form
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 from 10:00 – 11:45am in B201


Heard of lightning talks but never considered giving one? Never fear, lightning talks are easy! During this session, you'll write and practice your first lightning talk.


Lightning Talks are a ubiquitous part of technical conferences and events. However, for a beginner even the phrase “Lightning Talk” can evoke anxiety, exclusion, confusion or just plain fear. Ironically, lightning talks can be an excellent way to begin speaking on technical topics when you’re a beginner, especially at a local user group meeting or within another supportive community.

By demystifying the process of conceiving of, planning, practicing and giving a lightning talk, this workshop can help bring beginners into the inner circles of our technical communities. This will not only empower beginners, but will increase the diversity of lightning talks at this conference and beyond. Additionally, through group work each participant will walk away from the workshop knowing at least one other person who is new to giving lightning talks.

At the end of this workshop, each participant will have conceived of, planned, written and practiced their first lightning talk on a topic of their choice. They’ll also feel comfortable proposing and sharing lightning talks at the communities they go back to around the world.

Long live beginners, and long live lightning talks!


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Speaking experience

Comfortable and experienced with public speaking. Full speaking calendar and list of past events at:

I have given this workshop at the Portland Python User Group during Project + Study Night.