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Lauren is the founder of #upfront. She created #upfront in response to her own personal experience of often being the only female speaker at conferences. In 2017 Lauren was awarded an OBE for her services to design and diversity.
When you submit a talk proposal to a conference Call for Papers system, you usually have to fill out a form of one sort or another. These forms as you for your talk title and abstract, and your biographical details as a speaker. If you’re lucky you can upload your profile photo too, and won’t have to have a separate email back-and-forth about that.
Should you play guitar during your talk?
This is a serious question! If you’ve got the talent, why not use it? Your talk will certainly be “talked about”.
Now, I’m not entirely a fan of gimmicks when it comes to conference talks. For one thing, your audience is there to listen to your technical wisdom, not your party piece. For another, part of the skill of public speaking is to engage the audience with your voice and your presence only.
(metsitaba is also a startup. Read my weekly diary in the Irish Independent newspaper to follow our story. Warning: radical openness!)