everybody's talkin': A short talk on public speaking

public speaking is easy and fun. you can do it too.

this is me.

Here are some talks I've given:

“Free Culture, Free Software: Making Free Software Work for Cultural Heritage Organizations” LibrePlanet 2015 (slides)

“Our $50,000 Problem: Why Library School?” code4lib 2015 (video here)

My talk for FutureBook 2014 can be found on the blog.

I did a brownbag presentation for Mozilla in March 2014 on pathways, Mozillarians, and more.

Presentation on Open Source and Community Building from code4lib 2014.

Video is here: (begin 1:04:50)

I was an invited participant at the LYRASIS SCHOSS (Supporting Cultural Heritage in Open Source Software) Symposium in April 2014 and October 2014. Talk on failure in open source.

Webinar on Open Source Governance, August 2014

Here are my slides about consensus, facilitation, and anti-violence work presented at Open Source Bridge in June 2014

Presentation: “Scaling Up: Digital Mapping, Public Scholarship” from the CHAT Festival at Duke University 2012.

I was also special guest star on German radio, solving puzzles and talking about being a librarian

but why should I go talk at conferences??


(before I learned to correctly hashtag safari)

become an expert!

via Berea College Archives

world travel!

"You eat snacks that your work provides and go to talk to people at conferences. Sometimes you have meetings."

My mom, on what she thinks I did at my last job. (Only partially true)

count me in! How do I get started?!

Start by asking yourself: What do you want to talk about?

Alternatively: What is an upcoming event that interests you?

Figure out how you're going to get there.

Next, make some doge memes.

Use your storytelling skills...



Public speaking is storytelling.

Remember the essential truth...

None are born great public speakers, some achieve public speaking greatness, and all have public speaking thrust upon them...

William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night (or something)

So, how do you get to Carnegie Hall?

found on the Internet, attributed to Bennett Cerf

Prior Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance of the Person Putting on the Presentation.

Painless Presentations: the Proven, Stress-Free Way to Successful Public Speaking

There's nothing to fear but fear itself!

(I just broke a rule of public speaking)



"There are striking parallels between finding your professional purpose and finding the purpose of a speech"

Speaker, Leader, Champion: Succeed at Work through the Power of Public Speaking

My personal tips....

Be Yourself!

You are (probably) not giving a TED talk...

Buddy up!

Everyone gets nervous...

Particularly your audience.


  • Technically Speaking Listserv

  • My Safari list on public speaking

  • The Eloquent Woman

  • Toastmasters International

  • The Moth

  • StoryCorps resources

  • and of course, TED.



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