Lady Conference Speaker

Speaking at Women Tech Makers Montreal

Lady Conference Speaker: Now More Than Ever

Learn about being an MC, running a panel, and engaging in banter

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Lady Conference Speaker: What to Wear to a Webinar

Well, folks, it looks like it’s going to be a while before we need to think about packing strategies, standing on physical stages, or managing afterparty politics. That doesn’t mean that we don’t have some things to consider! I’m currently attending an online conference, and I have several more scheduled, and this is just how…

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Tea, Not Coffee: DevRel During a Pandemic

I go to conferences on both sides of the Atlantic, and there’s a slightly hilarious thing that happens at morning caffeine break. Someone from the UK will walk up to the hot drink station and register bafflement, because there’s not hot water to make tea. Also our tea bags are pretty substandard, and there might…

Conference Organizing: It’s your party

Conference Organizing: It’s your party

I have a couple blog posts on conferences, including one on hosting a booth, one on diversity and inclusion, and one on Think Globally, Sponsor Locally I haven’t put together one about what I hope for from conference organizers, though. Disclaimers Every conference, even the massively well-funded ones, is the result of a lot of meetings…

2020 Technology Forecast: Stickers

2020 Technology Forecast: Stickers

I’m leaving for my first conference of the year tomorrow! It’s going to be awesome. I’ll have my notorious sticker bag with me for all the lucky attendees at DeliveryConf. I don’t remember when I started this, but by now I’ve done 2 talks (Write the Docs and DevOpsDays PDX), and I have a whole…

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Lady Conference Speaker Food Problems

Content warning: I’m going to talk about voluntary and involuntary food restrictions or limits. Conference food is hard to do Pity the conference organizer! I mean that seriously. They need to get the entirety of the conference fed in a relatively short period of time. They need to make sure food is available for people…

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Lady Conference Speaker Headshot

You’re a technologist. You got accepted to this conference because of the excellence of your proposal, and now they want a…. picture? ARGH! The last time you had a professional photo may have been senior pictures. I’m sorry. I understand your reluctance and complicated feelings, but it’s a part of the process. The conference needs…

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Lady Conference Speaker: Speaker Bios

It’s hard to say nice things about yourself, even in the third person. Here are some tips!

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Conferences, Inclusion, and Money

Last night, I was reading a tweet stream from Nicole Archambault about having to pay to speak at conferences. https://twitter.com/wiredferret/status/1129932920368574464 I self-funded a lot of conferences when I started speaking. I was more-or-less ok with it because I was using them as advertising and connections for my tech writing consultancy, so I treated them as…

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Book Review: Academic Slide Design by Ann E. Fandrey

This book says “Academic”, but it’s also an excellent resource for the person writing technical/software presentations. We often face the problem of trying to convey really important concepts in a way that serves people who are primarily listening to us as well as people who are reading the slides, either because they don’t speak the…

Upcoming appearances

Velocity Berlin
Minneapolis DevOps Meetup
DeliveryConf