Welcome to the voxgig newsletter for tech speakers, 22 June 2018

Welcome to the voxgig newsletter for tech speakers, 22 June 2018

Once you’ve spoken at few conferences and proven yourself to be a safe pair of hands, you’ll very quickly get called on to participate in a panel discussion. Panel discussions are used by conference organizers to break up a series of talks, bring in experts who may not have time to prepare a talk, and fill in for missing speakers. If you want to raise your profile, it’s always a good idea to let the organizer know that you’re up for participating in, and leading, panel discussions.

Welcome to the voxgig newsletter for tech speakers, 15 June 2018

Welcome to the voxgig newsletter for tech speakers, 15 June 2018

No matter how much we prepare, problems happen. Often, the situation is out of our control. We’ve all been there, watching a speaker flap about when the A/V fails. That awkward silence grows to heavy whispers—I know, I’ve been that soldier. 

The unexpected can shake the most experienced speakers amongst us. While these mishaps are unavoidable, by building a connection with your audience, you will have them on your side when something goes wrong. 

Welcome to the voxgig newsletter for tech speakers, 25 May 2018

Welcome to the voxgig newsletter for tech speakers, 25 May 2018

Here’s the hard truth: you don’t get invited to speak at the bigger conferences until you’ve done something interesting and noteworthy. Unless you’ve founded a colony on Mars, or got a billion people to sign up to your website, you’re not going to find it easy to land the big gigs.

So my advice here is inverted: to get speaking slots at big conferences, don’t try to get speaking slots at big conferences.

Welcome to the voxgig newsletter for tech speakers, 18 May 2018

Welcome to the voxgig newsletter for tech speakers, 18 May 2018

If you’ve ever done any theater work, you’ll know there’s a thing called “blocking”. Blocking is the arrangement and movement of the actors on the stage. It gets pretty complex. It’s also a big thing in film. (One of this week’s contributors, Olivia Mitchell, mentions blocking in her piece ‘Nine ways to use space during your presentation’ - see below).