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So, You Wanna Submit a Proposal to Speak at an Event

You’ve been scouring the web for upcoming events. You’ve subscribed to Developer Avocados and you’ve bookmarked conferences.css-tricks.com. And now you’ve found a call for proposals (CFP) that you can’t wait to enter. You quickly fill out the online form and your pinky races towards the Enter button...

Stop. Take a deep breath. And move slowly away from the keyboard.

As a conference organizer, I’ve gone through hundreds — if not thousands — of speaking proposals. While … Read article

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How to build a slide deck in PowerPoint that isn’t god awful

"Oooh! A PowerPoint Presentation!"

— No one ever

Nobody likes a slide show. I don't even have to back that assertion up with evidence. It's a universal truth — like saying "the sky is blue", "the grass is green" or "The Mummy with Tom Cruise is the worst movie ever made." And if you haven't seen The Mummy reboot, I just saved you and you should be grateful.

It's as if there is some unwritten rule that says: if you … Read article

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My Talk Writing Process

Some people have a talk-preparation process that is super organized and runs like a well-oiled machine. Mine, on the other hand, is a bit messy, but it works for me. Even when the end talk is polished and put together, it doesn’t mean the whole process to get there was the same way.

When putting together a new talk recently, I noticed there was most definitely a pattern to how my talks take shape. Here’s how the talk-making process goes for me

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Demystifying Public Speaking

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