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If you are speaking at conferences and travelling a lot, I’m sorry to tell you, but you will eventually run into some of the problems I have listed below. It’s important to be aware of them. It can help you avoid the issues altogether or deal with them when they do occur.

Your flight is delayed

“A positive feedback loop is just as easy to create as a negative one, and it’s within your power to choose to create a positive one. Staying patient and positive keeps you in a better mood and away from panicked decisions and lashing out, which in turn keeps the people you’re interacting with in a better mood and away from panicked decisions. Your attitude will make you happier, more patient, and more positive, which makes them (The airline customer service personnel) kinder and more amenable to giving you what you want. It’s a win-win.”
Coleman Collins


Lost Luggage

“After two days of the same clothes, same shoes and having to wear a borrowed ski suit, all the while not knowing where my bag was, this final stage saw me fuming and my patience worn completely out.

What to do: Just breathe. I was on a short, work media trip, but if you’re on an extended holiday the best thing to do is keep checking with the airline as often as possible, without allowing the situation to ruin your holiday even further”.
Original Blog here
Selene Brophy

Visa Failures

“Not having the right visa or enough time left on your passport is a simple mistake that quickly ruins a holiday.

Some travellers have been turned away at the border after a long flight. Others not allowed to board the plane because they don’t have six months validity on their passport.

A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says the best prevention is planning”.
Amanda Woods

The Impostor

“Boarding a flight for Charleston, a gate attendant stopped me, scrutinized my boarding pass, and asked to see my driver’s license. She took one look and declared, “We don’t have a seat reserved for Steven Cody.” “Look at my ticket,” I said. She shook her and said, “Sorry, but the ticket reads Steve Cody, not Steven Cody. You’ll have to go back through security to check-in, and have them re-issue you one that matches the name on your driver’s license.””
Steve Cody

Fake Police Officers

“The fake police officer scam is a popular one in many large cities. Most often, a person will approach a tourist and offer illicit items, like drugs. While conversing one or two other people will approach, appearing to be police officers and flashing “badges.” They will then insist the unknowing traveler hand over their passport and wallet. However, they are not police officers”.
Matthew Karsten




Voxgig Podcast

Coming Soon… 

I am delighted to announce that  voxgig is starting a podcast series! The title of the series is ‘Fireside with voxgig’. In each podcast, I’ll be interviewing leading experts from the events industry.  The aim is to deliver high quality insights, valuable public speaking tips and enjoyable personal success stories, all in a relaxed, informal and chatty style. Keep an eye out here for the first podcast in the series, coming soon. 

Speaker Profile

Joaquim on stage at TEDx on the infamous dot

Joaquim Bretcha
Discovering the joy of travelling for Business

Travelling to conferences and for business is not always rainbows and roses, but there is a positive side to it too. Joaquim Bretcha understands the downside of travelling and has also learned to discover the joys of it. He has found cultural enrichment and personal fulfilment through three main areas that he shares with his audience. Take a listen before you head out to your next conference.

Learn from the Best

Trip and Tyler are in a car treating it like an airplane

Air Travel in real life
Tripp and Tyler

Sometimes in our ‘Learn from the best’ segment, we stray a little bit from the tutorial style of the section. It’s worth it though.

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I’ll address the most pressing issues in each edition.

Book of the Week

Cool Book cover, it's got images of iconic buildings from around the world around a circle representing the globe with Travel like a Pro in the centre

Travel Like A Pro: Road-Tested Tips for Digital Nomads and Frequent Travelers
Mish Slade

If you love travelling but dread the process, things are about to change for the better. This is a great book full of practical advice and tips to make things run more smoothly and make your travel experiences more enjoyable. Get ready to feel more of the joys and less of the pains.

Blog Post

9 tech tips I learned while traveling abroad
Rick Broida

“If you don’t do it often (or ever), traveling to another country can be challenging. Scary, even. During a recent trip to Italy, I found myself staring down the barrel of a language I couldn’t speak, read or understand. Thankfully, I had modern technology at my disposal, and that made the travel life infinitely easier. You do need to plan ahead, though, so allow me to share what I learned during my summer vacation”.




Three Conferences


DevOpsDays Chicago

DevOpsDays Chicago

DevOpsDays Chicago is part of a series of global conferences and is five years strong. Bigger and better is the goal in bringing the devops community together for development, InfoSec, management, and leadership to discuss the culture and tools to make better organizations and products. The morning single track is followed by an afternoon of Open Spaces and then Chicago is your playground!


SciPy Latin America 2018

SciPy Latin America 2018

Python + Science + Latin America = the SciPy Latin America 2018 conference in the Brazilian cosmopolitan city of Curitiba. Join the SciPy community in advancing scientific computing through open source software made in (what else?) Python to solve mathematical problems in science and engineering. Curitiba also offers a number of tourist attractions once the conference is complete, with a strong cultural scene and historic background.


Atlassian Summit 2018

Atlassian Summit 2018

The lovely city of Barcelona will play host to the 2018 Atlassian Summit. Kick off the Summit with training courses led by certified Atlassian professionals, then enjoy the next two days of over 60 sessions. The conference ends with a hackathon, the Summit Bash and plenty of networking! Say Hola to Barcelona for us, won’t ya?




CFP Calendar

These are the CFP deadline dates and submission pages.

Speaker Training

Do you speak at conferences? Want to learn how to give the very best talks? Or are you just starting out and want to overcome the fear of speaking on stage?
We are running speaker training workshops in Dublin, Ireland and London, U.K. over the coming months.

There is a 10% OFF early bird discount.

To find out more follow the links below.

Public speaking with Debbie Forster

London, UK – Thursday October 18, 2018 | More Details

Giving great talks with Russ Miles

London, UK – Thursday November 8, 2018 | More Details




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Can I ask you for a favour? If you enjoy this newsletter, and if you find it useful, please consider recommending it to a friend who is learning to give technical talks, or who aspires to do so. I meet so many cool programmers who have brilliant things to share with the world—that’s you!

Please help me to improve this newsletter – I’d love to hear your suggestions! You can email me directly at richard@voxgig.com. You can tweet too: @voxgig. Thank you so much for reading!

A special thanks and shout out to TammyCora, and David for helping to make this newsletter even better!