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Cal Evans:
Q&A on Public Speaking with Jessica Rose
Jul 14, 2016 @ 09:10:45

PHP community member Cal Evans recently talked with Jessica Rose, a well-known speaker at technology conferences all about public speaking and some of her own thoughts and advice to potential speakers.

This week my guest is Jessica Rose. Jessica speaks at developers events all over Europe and the US.

She took time out from her busy schedule to join me to answer questions on public speaking. We talk abut her first talk, preparing for talks, speaking to audiences whose first language is not English, and so much more.

Their conversation was recorded as a live Google Hangout and can be viewed either through the in-page video player or by heading over to YouTube.

tagged: qa public speaking jessicarose video interview youtube hangouts

Link: https://blog.calevans.com/2016/07/13/qa-public-speaking-jessica-rose/

Cal Evans:
Public Speaking: A Conference Organizer’s Perspective
Jul 04, 2016 @ 10:55:25

For those interested in how things work "behind the scenes" at technology conferences and how it looks from an organizer's perspective, Cal Evans has put together a video to share his own experiences.

My good friend Adam (@adamculp) and I spent a few minutes answering questions about how talks are selected in a [Call for Papers]. If you’ve ever wondered, about the process, give it a listen.

The recording was of a live Google Hangouts session they did a while back answering both some of the common questions people have and questions from their viewers. They talk about the Call for Papers process, how they've selected talks in the past and the role that passion plays. There's also discussion about speaker experience, diversity and how to find out the interest level of you topic. There's plenty more mentioned in the video as well, so if you're considering submitting to a technology conference be sure to give it a listen (well, watch...it is a video after all).

tagged: public speaking conference organizer perspective calevans adamculp video qa

Link: https://blog.calevans.com/2016/06/29/public-speaking-conf-organizers-perspective/

CloudWays Blog:
Joomla Ace Tessa Mero Shares About PHP, Community & Offers Advice To Students
Mar 02, 2016 @ 10:48:11

The Cloudways blog has posted a new interview in their series of talks with members of the PHP community. In their latest interview they talk with Tessa Mero of the Joomla project.

Tessa Mero is Joomla Extension Directory(JED) Assistant Manager and a contributor to different PHP open source projects. She performs as a speaker in different PHP conferences and she is also an instructor and PACE-IT Mentor at Edmonds Community College. You can also contact her and she can provide you best guidance for your career. In this interview, she talks about her initial career, developers to follow in the PHP community and also gives useful consultancy to students.

In the interview Tessa answers questions about:

  • How she got started in her career as a PHP developer
  • How she became involved in conferences (both in attending and speaking)
  • Her experiences at Sunshine PHP
  • People in the community that have influenced her
  • How she sees Joomla fitting in with other similar software like WordPress and Drupal

You can read her answers to these and other questions in the full interview.

tagged: speaking developer joomla community interview tessamero cloudways conference

Link: http://www.cloudways.com/blog/interview-tessa-mero/

Cloudways Blog:
Sammy Kaye Powers Talks About PHP Community
Jan 12, 2016 @ 10:55:50

The Cloudways blog has interviewed another member of the PHP community in their latest post. In this article they talk with Sammy Kaye Powers, a PHP community member from Chicago.

If there is someone you are looking forward to following in the PHP community, then Sammy Kaye Powers is your go to guy! Sammy is a very active guy in the PHP Community. He is the host of PHP roundtable podcast and the co-organizer of Chicago PHP user group.

Along with being an active member of the PHP community, he has in his arsenal more than 15 years of experience in web development, along with having vast experience in Laravel. He is also a contributor of the official Facebook PHP SDK v5. In this interview with Cloudways, Sammy shared his views about PHP7, Laravel, Facebook and The PHP Community and how an amateur can benefit from becoming an active part of the community.

They start off with some basic introductory questions about Sammy's background in development and with PHP. They also talk about his work on the PHP Roundtable Podcast and his contributions to both the Laravel and Silex frameworks. Sammy then answers some questions about his work on Facebook applications, how he views the growth of the PHP community and his contributions including PHP documentation updates and speaking at conferences and online sessions.

tagged: cloudways sammykayepowers interview community phproundtable facebook speaking conference

Link: http://www.cloudways.com/blog/interview-sammy-kaye-powers

Run Geek Radio:
Episode 007 – Don’t be a jerk
Aug 10, 2015 @ 09:56:09

The Run Geek Radio podcast, with host and PHP community member Adam Culp, has posted their latest episode today: Episode #007: Don't be a Jerk

The topic for this episode is how developers treat other developers and consultants, and how we should strive to stick to the facts, stay professional, and not get personal. He shares a story of a friend and the trials they went through because another developer, in their haste to convince the client of their value, went on the attack of the consultant.

Adam also talks about his own conference talk plans and training for the Keys100 race. You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 of the show directly. If you enjoy the episode, be sure to subscribe to their feed too.

tagged: rungeekradio ep7 jerk training keys100 developer consultant conference speaking

Link: https://rungeekradio.com/episode-007-dont-be-a-jerk/

Laravel Podcast:
Episode 31: Public Speaking Preppers
Jul 29, 2015 @ 10:17:41

The Laravel Podcast, hosted by Matt Stauffer with guests Jeffrey Way and Taylor Otwell, has posted their latest episode - Episode #31: Public Speaking Preppers.

In this episode, the crew discusses preparing for conference talks, vacationing, and dreamy destinations!

You can listen to this latest post either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 directly. Be sure to subscribe to their feed or follow them on twitter for more information about the latest episodes as they're released.

tagged: public speaking preparation laravel podcast ep31

Link: http://www.laravelpodcast.com/episodes/14331-episode-31-public-speaking-preppers

Matthew Setter:
The Path To The First PHP Conference Talk
Feb 24, 2015 @ 12:08:10

Matthew Setter was encouraged by some recent conversations and conference sessions about getting out into the PHP community and taking up presenting at conferences. In his latest post he talks about some of these conversations and his ideas moving forward.

[The PHP UK Conference 2015] was an especially meaningful conference for me, as the opening keynote, by @coderabbi, moved me to take more action, more serious, dedicated, and focused action than I’ve taken to date. [...] I sat there thinking “WOW, I’m really a part of the community“. I also started thinking I want to contribute more, and build a profile just as big as his, and many of the others at the conference. So what to do?

He talks about the encouragement from others he's gotten to get up and present at a conference and the feedback he's gotten on his (unfortunately so far) rejected submissions. He's renewing his effort, though and has plans to document his progress via a "pseudo-journal" during his journey to hopefully serve as a guide to others wanting to share their knowledge with the community. He talks some about his plan moving forward and the work he's doing on the public speaking side to improve his skills.

While not for everyone, speaking at conferences is a great way to share experience, information and start conversations about new technology. If you've ever thought about making the move, follow Matthew's journey or check out these other articles to help you get started.

tagged: first conference talk public speaking phpuk15 community

Link: http://www.matthewsetter.com/path-first-php-conference-talk/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Emma Jane Hogbin Westby
Nov 11, 2014 @ 09:31:46

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has released their latest interview talking with a member of the PHP community. In this new episode Cal talks with Emma Jane Hogbin Westby, a member of both the general PHP and Drupal communities.

They talk about Emma Jane's speaking experience and what she enjoys about speaking to larger audiences. She also shares some advice with people about how to get started with speaking and how they can make the most of it.

You can listen to this latest episode either though the in-page player or by downloading the mp3. If you enjoy the interview, be sure to subscribe to their feed.

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2014/11/11/interview-with-emma-jane-hogbin-westby/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Ross Tuck
Oct 21, 2014 @ 09:27:18

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has released its latest community interview, this time with Ross Tuck, well-known PHP speaker and community member.

In this episode Cal and Ross talk about the speaking he does at conferences and various events. They talk about how developers can make the jump into speaking and how it's a way to "give back" to the community. They also talk about Ross' decision to move to the Netherlands and the community that's coming from that area. Finally, they talk about his wide range of conference types.

You can listen to this latest show either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3. If you enjoy the interview, be sure to subscribe to their feed.

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2014/10/21/interview-with-ross-tuck/

Why You Should Stop Stalling and Start Presenting
Jun 13, 2014 @ 11:47:01

In her latest post Snipe does her best to motivate those out there that have thought about speaking or presenting at a technology conference but are "stalling" and finding excuses not to. The post pulls from some of her own past experiences as a speaker in various communities, PHP and otherwise.

My last post generated a bit of buzz when it was posted to HackerNews recently, so I figured I’d take this opportunity to reiterate something I’ve been saying on Twitter for a while now. If you have never presented a conference before, make this the year you change that.

She breaks the rest of the post up into different reasons to stop making excuses and just do it:

  • It is an incredible experience that makes you better at other things
  • You will meet great people and learn about their experiences
  • Even if you suck the first time, it really is okay, even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time
  • It’s great for your career
  • If you are part of an underrepresented minority, your peers need to see you on that stage
  • Your audience is actually far more forgiving than you imagine
  • You’re smarter than you think. Things that are obvious to you are not obvious to everyone else
  • It feels really fucking awesome talking about stuff you care about

She also shares a few panic-aversion tactics she's worked up over the years including starting small, working with "power poses" and a reminder to use the "presenter view" feature in your presentation software of choice.

tagged: presentation conference speaking experience opinion recommendation

Link: http://www.snipe.net/2014/06/why-you-should-stop-stalling-and-start-presenting/