OSDevCon Prague Video

Special thanks to Deirdre Straughan for recording my session at OSDevCon (part one and part two). Rich Brueckner recorded sessions, as well. It's great to have all the conference materials up at osdevcon.org.

I'm certainly no pro speaker, but I'm making lots of obvious and fixable mistakes and that's making me better. My goal when I started this little trek into public talking a few years ago was to simply be able to get through a presentation without choking to death. I actually wrote that phrase down as a goal. I've largely achieved that, which is quite a relief, but I'm still trying to get better by improving the tone and transitions between stories and topics. This is critical since the content needs to be delivered via a story I can clearly imagine in my mind so I don't forget the bits along the way and so I can improvise and change things on the fly. I can't read or be bound by notes or even slides (I never read my slides anyway) since seeing the text can cause confusion, while at the same time I always felt I needed the content just in case I lost my way (which still happens). So confusing. Anyway, I still feel like I'm stuttering sub-vocally at times, but I can actually feel the process occurring in my head now, whereas before it all happened too fast and it was just a bunch of choking to death. So, this is good. As I experience more subtle levels of speech articulation, I can more easily adjust my way out of tough spots. Such a long way to go. Getting there, though.
Comments:

Great talk!
I enjoyed the Japanese comments, I was in Japan for 2 weeks in 2005.
Spot on comments about OpenSolaris.

Posted by Mark on July 02, 2008 at 03:20 AM JST #

Hi, Mark. Thanks. :)

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on July 03, 2008 at 03:49 AM JST #

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