Public Speaking Articles

In which we ask women in public speaking to share their thoughts and stories.

Overcoming Stage Fright

By Emily Lewis Sweaty palms. A keen urge to pee despite plenty of visits to the restroom. Mixed martial artists sparring in my stomach. A shaky voice that sounds like I could cry at any moment. A flight instinct that wants to overpower fight. This is me before giving a presentation; I get stage fright. […]

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Misfits Make Great Speakers

By Rachel Lovinger The number of women at tech conferences is growing, but we still represent a fraction of the attendees, not to mention the speakers. You may look around at a conference and say, “There aren’t a lot of people like me here.” But that’s not inherently a bad thing. Hear me out. Sometimes […]

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Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Do or do not. There is no try.
– Yoda

When I was five years old, my parents took my sister, Ana, and me to Hong Kong as part of a business trip. On the last day, my mother took us into a toy store and, feeling generous, told us to pick out anything we wished. Ana chose a red toy piano.

I chose a toy computer.

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You have to ask to get a “Yes.”

By Estelle Weyl The first step to speaking at a conference is to ask to speak at the conference. To some people this is self-evident. For me, it came as a surprise: when attending my first technical conference, I assumed the organizers had asked all of the speakers to be there. It made sense to […]

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Asking For Help

By Laura Kalbag The first web talk I ever gave took place in a little basement at a BarCamp in front of six or seven people. We chose the rooms we spoke in, so after waiting for all the other rooms to be taken, I volunteered myself for the smallest room. After all, I thought […]

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