May 31-June 2, 2018  ·  Austin, TX
Norris Conference Center
Texas Camp 2018Texas Camp 2018

Delivering Great Presentations (and helping others do it too!)

Building Community
Skill Level
Do you get nervous when thinking about speaking to a group of people? Public speaking can be very rewarding, but the desire doesn't come naturally. The good news is that YOU have something important to contribute, and you don’t have to be an expert. All non-technical and underrepresented people have unique stories to tell that can benefit the entire community - regardless your background. We’ll start by talking about easy ways anyone can get experience speaking (spoiler: you don’t have to present alone). We’ll brainstorm new topic ideas anyone can use and learn how to submit a session that will get noticed. From there, we’ll learn storytelling techniques to stay on track and calm your nerves when presenting. Presenting is my full-time job and I still have self-doubt and nervousness. I’ll share my story and talk about how I quiet my doubts and pump myself up to speak in front of a large crowd. I'll also discuss my techniques for mentoring and encouraging others to speak for the first time and highlight Global Diversity Call For Papers Day. By the end of the talk, you'll be ready to volunteer to give a presentation at your workplace or community event. I want to hear your story! Key takeaway: "By overcoming my fears and sharing something I'm passionate about I can inspire my peers to do more than I realize."
David Needham
David Needham is a Developer Advocate at Pantheon where he focuses on education and inspiration to help developers find success. David also serves on the board of directors at Enjoy Creativity. David has been a public speaker since 2008 and an entrepreneur since 2000. David enjoys photography, getting nerdy about productivity, and playing board games with his wife and kids. David has presented formal presentations on Drupal and WordPress dozens of times, including DrupalCons at Chicago, London, Denver, Munich, Portland, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Vienna, and Nashville.