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). 

Welcome to the voxgig newsletter for tech speakers, 4 May 2018

Welcome to the voxgig newsletter for tech speakers, 4 May 2018

If you learn the art of public speaking, and become one of the people in your company who speaks at conferences, then you’ll find that you have a great excuse not to network. Networking, which is the main purpose of a conference, is a very different skill, and one that many speakers find challenging. Some may assume that because you have no shame in getting up in front of a room full of people that you will also have great networking skills, but I find the opposite is true. When you give a talk, you’re focusing on your words and delivery. When you network, you’re focusing on the other person, and reacting to their internal state.

Welcome to the voxgig newsletter for tech speakers, 27 Apr 2018

Welcome to the voxgig newsletter for tech speakers, 27 Apr 2018

Conferences are hard work, but the reward, the adrenaline rush you get from speaking in front of an interested audience makes the hard work worth it. We want to ensure that you get as much from speaking at conferences as you possibly can.

The expression “what can go wrong will go wrong” doesn’t have to be true. Here are some tips that you can use to ensure that both you and your audience get the most value from the experience.

Below are a few tips from experts on preventing and dealing with AV problems when they occur.