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  • Submitting a talk for DDD East Midlands 2020

    A guide through the Sessionize form This year the DDD East Midlands Conference has a choice of 15-minute, 30-minute and 60-minute talks. We have also changed the form a little bit to help make the experience for speakers, local meetups and attendees a little bit better. Sessionize Different conferences have...


  • The 2020 How To Talk Tour.

    We are on tour again! On the back of the success of the 2019 How To Talk tour, Moreton and Jess have booked in to meetups near you for a new and improved version for 2020. There are a number of attendees from last year who have gone on to...


  • How To Talk Part 7 - Social Media Wizardry

    Making Social Media Fun. Introduction Here we will cover some hints and tips to help your social media presence coming up to and after your talk. There are a few advantages to this: Improving the experience for your attendees. Easily seeing feedback (what hit home for your attendees). Saves time...


  • How To Talk Part 6 - Confidence and Practicing

    Getting ready to present. Introduction This is one of the hardest posts in this series for me to write, as I am publicly not that confident when it comes to speaking. It’s a battle I have to fight each time I know I have to present. There are a few...


  • How To Talk Part 5 - Considering Flow

    Telling the story. Introduction Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin. Each presentation is a telling of a story. Whether it’s a tale of how to use a tool, a narrative of something you experienced or spiel of how to care for yourself, each telling has a beginning, middle, and...


  • How To Talk Part 4 - Planning Structure

    Planning your content. Introduction You’ve had your abstract selected by an awesome conference! Congratulations! Before anything else pat yourself on the back, do a dance, eat that cake and celebrate! Celebrated? Good. This is where the hard work starts. If you don’t consider the structure or flow of your talk,...


  • How To Talk Part 3 - Sparkling Biographies

    Tell us about you Introduction As part of most talk submissions, you need to provide a speaker biography. Now we’ve all felt the pain of writing personal statements and making our achievements sound great. It’s a bit cringe worthy, it’s difficult and it’s not a lot of fun. Doing this...


  • Using Sessionize To Submit

    Submitting a talk to DDD East Midlands Different conferences have different methods of submission. At DDD East Midlands we are using Sessionize as the tool for submission. Sessionize has a number of features that are great for us, including the ability to anonymise submissions. In this piece, we will talk...


  • How To Talk Part 2 - Writing a good talk proposal

    Tell us about your talk. Introduction Assuming you have read Coming up with a talk and now have a few potential talk ideas. What’s next? In this post, we will explore what is involved in writing a talk proposal. As part of this, we’ll share some of the tips we’ve...


  • How To Talk Part 1 - Coming up with a talk

    Everyone has something valuable to share Edit: 29/02/2020 Introduction Fantastic! You have taken the very first step on your speaking journey. You have at least considered giving a talk! Everyone in our community has something valuable to share, whether they are aware of it or not. It’s really hard to...


  • How To Talk Part 0 - Welcome to How To Talk

    The what and why of the series Edit: 29/02/2020 Let us guide you through the process of speaking. From coming up with a fantastic talk idea, through to on the day, smashing that presentation. It’s no secret there is a lot of work that goes into creating an entertaining, informative...