Last week I had the chance to travel from Costa Rica all the way to London to speak at my first international conference:
I had the opportunity to share with a lot of GREAT developers and more so to make new friends.
My talk was:
MVVM + RxSwift + DataControllers and I think it went pretty well.
Here are the slides.
There are still things to improve but overall received good feedback and I REALLY enjoyed the experience.
The trip was SUPER exhausting to say the least; spend most of the days and nights light headed and trying to fight «jet-lag» but it was such a great experience.
What I learned
Approaches to speaking
I was able to witness first hand different styles of presenting a talk; as Marin told me and I wholeheartedly agree, talks that are given from a personal perspective are usually the best.
This pretty much means that I'll try to keep giving my talks from a personal perspective and as if I was having a conversation with the attendees rather than just talking out loud (which honestly doesn't see that great an idea to be honest) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I was never too «scared» or nervous about the whole talk thing; I've given my fair share of talks (although this was going to be my first international one) but it was somewhat unnerving to think that perhaps the content that I was creating wasn't worth it or that people would get bored.
«they are in the room, you convinced them already»
I've always thought about that but somehow have forgotten until Agnes reminded me 😄
There's no need for ONLY speaking about breakthrough discoveries or great
OSS projects you have created, etc.
Talking about experiences, even non-technical topics are always great if you so happen to deliver them in a way that the attendees can relate to.
Possibly my next talk won't be a technical talk but rather a mix between half-tech and half-personal experiences.
Surely I'll get to do this again soon.
Posted by Esteban Torres on 6/3/2016