A newsletter for

tech conference speakers

A weekly invitation to learn about great conferences, learn from great speakers, and improve your public speaking skills. Learn how to deliver conference talks that people will remember.

Here are some recent newsletters


(metsitaba is also a startup. Read my weekly diary in the Irish Independent newspaper to follow our story. Warning: radical openness!)



Anyone who speaks at, or wants to learn how to speak at, technology conferences:

  • You're a regular conference speaker, and you want to help others learn. 
  • You've spoken at a few technology conferences, and you need to improve your game.
  • You've done meetups, and now you want to do conferences.
  • You want to start doing technical talks, but don't know where to start.

One more thing. Technology conferences need a lot more diversity. This newsletter is for everybody.

I'm a conference speaker, and I started this newsletter because I think we need to help each other by sharing our knowledge, and building the tools we need.



Handpicked ConferenceS

Every conference is different. Some are big, some are small. Some are serious, some are silly. There is no axis of variability that isn't covered. Don't search for conferences at random, let me pick them for you.

CFP Calendar

I'm always missing Call For Proposal deadlines. The only way to get on top of the situation is to get organized and keep track of them in a calendar. Let me do this for you. 

Speaker Profiles

Every speaker is different, and you can learn something from all of them. Watch and listen to some of the best technology speakers. These are the speakers that have inspired me, and will inspire you. 

The Best Articles

So many great tech speakers have taken pen in hand to write down their advice and experience. From little things like turning off your phone (always!) to responding to the speakers before you (good manners), it's the details that make you a professional. I have a great collection of advice from the best. 

Great Speeches

The great speeches of history show you how to use the ancient art of rhetoric. We are lucky that some are recorded, but even as text, the great speeches show you the "A" game. From Socrates to Maya Angelou, you can learn to speak by keeping your mouth shut and paying attention.

The best books

All speakers and all speeches are the product of life experience. You have to learn to widen and deepen your view. Read the literature, and let your subconscious absorb the deep knowledge that books bring. 


Newsletter Subscription

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Richard Rodger

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Hi, I'm Richard Rodger. I speak at tech conferences and meetups, mainly on the subject of microservices, but also about startups.

I feel that speakers are a little neglected in the world of technology conferences. It's ironic, but nobody really builds any tools to make our lives easier. I'd like to change that, and this newsletter is the first step.

Thank You!

Thank You!

metsitaba: derived from the Northern Sotho Thaba Meetse, also known as the Waterberg, a mountain range in Limpopo province, South Africa, and a home to the Eugène Marais cycad.