Lightning Talks

Five minute lightning talks, to practice public speaking.

Published on 05 May 2016 by @mathiasverraes

I submitted proposals to conferences for almost two years before getting accepted. When it finally happened, I found myself in front of a 250 head audience, realising I didn’t actually know how to do proper presentations. I wish I knew then that there are better ways.

Lightning talks at meetups are ideal to practice public speaking, and experiment with explaining or pitching something in a short time. I’m trying to write one each month for the Software Craftsmanship Belgium meetups. It’s only 30 attendees, so it’s an opportunity to try things that I wouldn’t do as a proper conference talk yet. And I can recycle the ones that do work for other meetups or conferences.

My self-inflicted constraints:

Not constrained by:

I’ll post the slides here (reverse chronology). They’re probably useless without the explanation, but perhaps someone gets something out of them.

How to Find the Bar

August 2016, SoCraTes Belgium

The Monty Hall Problem

May 2016, SoCraTes Belgium

Property Based Testing

April 2016, SoCraTes Belgium and CukeUp London

The World’s Shortest and Most Chaotic Introduction to Event Storming

April 2016, CukeUp London This was a hands-on Event Storming session with a short introduction.)

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