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Suzanne Axtell
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If, like me, you're a fan of +Scott Berkun, here's some great news: he's announced a public speaking workshop for this September in Seattle.
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Suzanne Axtell
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Tired of seeing yet another line-up of male speakers, this woman hacked a panel and made a place for herself on stage. (If only they had taken the pledge! http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/01/a-simple-suggestion-to-help-phase-out-all-male-panels-at-tech-conferences/266837/)
There was a cool story recently about how a man gave up his seat on a panel to a woman and encouraged more men to do the…
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Suzanne Axtell
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If you'll be in Amsterdam at the end of October, please consider submitting a proposal for Ignite! Deadline is September 25.
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Suzanne Axtell
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If you have a data-related startup, please apply to be a part of the Startup Showcase at Strata + Hadoop World in New York this September. It's a great way to get your company in front of a lot of important people and hone your pitch. Call closes on August 21.
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Suzanne Axtell
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If you'll be in Denver this August, the dynamic duo of +Cate Huston and +Chiu-Ki Chan will be leading a conference proposal writing session as part of 360iDev (though you don't have to be attending the con to participate in their session).
The Leading indie iOS/Mac Developer conference. In the World. "This event may have been the single best experience I've had in my professional (and independent) career" - Previous Attendee Four days, nearly 50 sessions, over 40 speakers, all community. 360|iDev 2015 ...
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Suzanne Axtell
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A little basic, but a good reminder of the fundamentals.
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Suzanne Axtell
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Any other advice for us conference organizers?
I asked on Twitter what conferences could do in order to make someone’s speaking experience really comfortable and the best it could possibly be. Here are the really helpful answers I...
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Suzanne Axtell
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Attention all you IoT - hardware - wearables folks: I have a couple of free passes for Solid in SF later this month. Ping me if you're interested!

Also, if you're part of a not-for-profit, we've set aside a couple of table in the Demo Pavilion to showcase non-commercial projects. Let me know asap if you'd like to participate.
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Suzanne Axtell
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Over on Slideshare (where hopefully the bar is set very high), Scott Schwertly blogs about better presentations. His list is worth bookmarking!
Posts By: Scott Schwertly. Want to Be a Better Presenter? Turn to These 5 Learning Resources. By Scott Schwertly on June 2, 2015. 5-resources-blog I don't know about you, but I love taking advantage of the slowness at work during the summer months to learn new skill sets or polish up on existing ...
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Suzanne Axtell
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Sandi MacPherson is compiling a list of women speakers - please join up! (I'm looking forward to using it as a resource. :))
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Women to Speak - Add yourself!This information will be used to create a public directory of women working in the tech industry that are interested in and/or are actively speaking at conferences, appearing on panels, contributing to articles, joining podcast discussions, etc. Your name, job title, and other publicly available online resources will be available through the directory - I will not share your email addresses or other private contact information that is otherwise...
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This is a forum for women in the technical community to support each other and share ideas for speaking in public.

Suzanne Axtell
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Advice from the Slideshare peeps, who probably have seen their fair share of preso slides. :)
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Suzanne Axtell
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Here's a little public speaking inspiration for your Monday!
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Mitchell Hashimoto

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HashiConf is looking for speakers! We're having a conference in Portland in September called HashiConf. It is focused around HashiCorp tools: Vagrant, Packer, Consul, Terraform, Vault. These cover a wide spectrum from developer-focused (Vagrant) to IT/Ops/DevOps (Consul, Vault), but can generally be considered "DevOps."

We know there are some really great women in these spaces (so many!). We're holding slots to try to ensure we have a diverse and welcoming conference for as many groups as possible. We're reaching out to you to ask for your help, if you're interested.

We'd like to ask any interested people to submit talks to us covering any of our range of tools. If it uses our tools, huge plus, if it doesn't but is interesting to the category, then we'd still like it. 

All information including code of conduct is available on the website at hashiconf.com

We already closed the official CFP, but as I said we have some additional reserved slots we'd like to fill. Please email any proposals to me directly. I will handle them directly to make sure they're handled in a timely manner. For proposals, please just include your talk abstract. All other information is irrelevant for the purpose of looking at talks until we accept it. At that point, we'd need name and other information for logistics. 

We'll be covering speaker travel and lodging and I'm more than happy to answer any questions if you email me directly.

My email is mitchell@hashicorp.com

Thanks!
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Suzanne Axtell
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Conscientious and accomplished conference speaker +Lara Hogan wrote about receiving feedback from men after giving her keynote presentation at Velocity. Have you ever received gendered criticism at events where you speak or pitch? If so, how did you deal with it?

(My two cents: I was lucky enough to see Lara give this preso live and thought she did a super job, so fie upon you, critical dudes!)
I had a new experience a few weeks ago when I was speaking at Velocity. I gave a keynote to 2,000 people; throughout the following day, a half-dozen strangers came up to me to supply unsolicited criticism of my presentation tone.
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Translate to baseball stats, 8 strikes, 1,992 positive hits, you are a super star!  A strike is just practice for the home run.
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Richard Dallaway

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There's an open CFP for the Scala eXchange conference in London (December, 2015).

I'm on the programme committee and we're trying to encourage new voices by giving:

- help forming a proposal (abstract)
- speaker training for new speakers who submit an abstract
- bursaries

Details and links to the conference are in the blog post. It takes time to get a talk idea together, so if it's of interest do apply now.

Here's a summary of what it was like last year: http://underscore.io/blog/posts/2015/01/14/new-speakers-at-scala-exchange.html
New Speakers at Scala Exchange 2015. Share on Twitter. Posted: 05 Jun 2015; by: Dave Gurnell. The Call for Papers for Scala Exchange 2015 went out today. Once again, Underscore are proud to be assisting with the organisation of the conference, and once again we will be providing assistance to ...
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Suzanne Axtell
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Very good of Google to offer these to events in both Europe and North America!
To help break down the barriers that prevent underrepresented groups in computer science from attending leading tech conferences, we're excited to offer Google Travel and Conference Grants for selected conferences in Computer Science and related fields.
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Suzanne Axtell
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For you London-based members, this looks like a very supportive group. They also have a speaking tips newsletter you can subscribe to.
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Eliza Camber

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UPDATE:
Our site is now online! droidcon.gr :-D
Hi everyone!
droidcon is coming at Greece, specifically in the magnificent city of Thessaloniki, this September and we're super excited! There will be special WTM at droidcon sessions and we will be thrilled to have you here! If you're interested in holding a session please visit here: http://goo.gl/Y3ZIfQ
droidcon has a Female dev Sponsorship program. You can find more info here: http://goo.gl/lujSQe
#droidconGR  
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Wonderful!!
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Suzanne Axtell
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We've just opened the call for speakers for our brand new event, the O'Reilly Design Conference. If you're an interaction, UX, UI, and/or IoT designer or product manager, please let us hear from you by July 20. The conference happens January 20-22 in San Francisco.
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Suzanne Axtell
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If you'll be in the Belfast area in a couple of weeks, the MoneyConf organizers are offering 40 free tickets to women in tech.
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