When I was in high school, I participated in a science fair. It was in a different format than I was used to and I didn’t have the guidance of someone who had done it before. Even though I had done a lot of public speaking before, I felt completely out of my element.
It was discussing an experiment I wasn’t very passionate about.
I had been procrastinating a lot.
My mom and dad had been angry with me about procrastinating and I started to show signs of early depression and anxiety disorder.
That morning, I had been physically sick with anxiety and really just wanted to leave and go hide somewhere.
While I was standing in the school library, waiting to present my topic, a kind older woman judge approached me and asked me about my project. I picked up my note cards and began to read directly off of them. She lifted them from my hands, looked me in the eyes and asked me to speak from what I knew, not what I wrote. I took a deep breath, closed my eyes and spoke.
A lot of times we can feel like we are over our heads and are in crisis mode. It was something I had enjoyed in the past and had a lot of success with but was in a place where I wasn’t comfortable, felt unprepared, and felt an impending embarrassment and disaster. It took someone who was kind, compassionate and experienced to guide me to a place where I could talk about my expertise.
I want this material and coaching to be that for you.
I’ve been there and I want to create a community of others who have “been there” or will be there to swap stories and encourage participants to get out of their comfort zone and talk about their expertise.
You might be scared of embarrassing yourself.
But in the end, you will feel so accomplished.
A step-by-step approach to crafting your next or any future tech talk
Access to a private community made up of fellow students
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own
If your goal in 2020 is to get that conference talk done, Public Speaking for Software Engineers is for you!
This course is for people who really want to get better at speaking in public and have tried speaking in public before but didn’t feel super confident and happy with how the process went.
After completing "Public Speaking for Software Engineers" you will have all the materials ready to pitch to a conference and the confidence to continue rehearsing the material.
If you know that the next step in your career is learning how to effectively communicate your expertise, this course will help you get confident with your material.
You have an app or a project and want to talk about your story. This course will help you focus on your audience, the selling points, and how to follow up after the event to make sales.
People who have a project that they want to get more visibility. You have a project but you could benefit from getting more help from an open-source community or through donations. This course will help you craft your story and find ways to get people to follow up with you after the event.
You have a great idea, maybe even have a venue picked out for your talk but you are having a hard time getting motivated or having a hard time figuring out what you need to get done to deliver an effective talk. This course will walk you through all the steps you need in order to get that talk delivered!
People who really want feedback on their presentation style. If you purchase the group coaching package, you will be invited to weekly coaching calls to get feedback on any proposals, be able to ask questions and be able to present to an audience of your peers. This is a perfect way to experiment in a safe and judgment-free zone prior to getting up on stage!
This program isn’t for people who are still dealing with stage fright or imposter syndrome. Check out my free email course on finding your expertise and spend some time finding out what fires you up first!
If you don’t know who your audience is, chances are you aren’t going to be focused enough to create a good and engaging presentation. If you don’t think you need a following, consider why you want to speak in the first place.
Some people just want to talk to hear their own voices. I am interested in helping people find their voices to help the world. If you aren’t interested in making beneficial changes in the world, this course isn’t for you.
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