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Much as I enjoy and benefit from the practical themes that this newsletter often deals with, I truly love the inspirational, perspective-changing ones. This week we’re looking at the topic of how public speakers can be authentic. I had a sharp intake of breath when I first thought about this. It’s so big, it seems so vague – how can we write usefully about it?

Nick Morgan’s blog post below, ‘How to Become an Authentic Speaker’, is a wonderful, comprehensive introduction to speaker authenticity. Despite its apparent contradiction, Nick explains with incredible clarity his message that authenticity has to be prepared to come across successfully on stage. He also presents some up-to-date research on how we as humans react to body language. It may surprise you – it did me.

I urge you set aside time to watch all of Caroline McHugh’s TEDx talk, ‘The Art of Being Yourself’. Caroline talks about ego, humility, and how to make the best use of the time we have left on this earth. If this sounds a bit serious and weighty, it doesn’t come across that way; Caroline is a witty, polished, and above all entertaining speaker with a message that can’t fail to touch you.

As a developer and a speaker, I love Owen McGirr’s impassioned talk on an app – called SayIt – that he has developed to help people with disabilities to communicate. Owen’s talk also beautifully demonstrates a characteristic that I personally value highly in all communication: brevity. In just over a minute and a half, he completely convinces the viewer of the value of his app and the genius of its predictive word feature.

Hope you’re inspired by this issue as much as I am.

 – Richard




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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. 

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Caroline McHugh

There are hundreds of tutorials online (trust me, I know) about how to come across as authentic during a speech, how to move on stage, and how to convince people you’re an authority on a subject. Caroline McHugh has nailed it, and it makes perfect sense: the key to being authentic is to be yourself. It’s what you’re brilliant at.

Learn from the Best

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What is SayIt!? – the developer explains

Owen McGirr

Being an authentic speaker is a difficult challenge, but have you ever considered the challenge for someone who is non-verbal?  As this video shows, Owen McGirr is an inspirational speaker. He also has cerebral palsy.

When we are presented with speech that challenges us in terms of fluidity, tone and body language, our own perspective changes. In this case, we look not at how Owen speaks but why. We look at the motivation behind what he’s doing, and we adapt and connect with his message. Owen’s talk fulfils all of Nick Morgan’s four ‘intents’ (see blog post) and thus creates a powerful connection with us, the audience.

Tell me…

What is your biggest challenge as an event speaker?

This newsletter is for you. I want it to resonate with you.

So go ahead, hit reply, and tell me what you want to read about. Or email me at richard@voxgig.com. You can tweet too: @voxgig.

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

Blog Post

“Authenticity—including the ability to communicate authentically with others—has become an important leadership attribute. When leaders have it, they can inspire their followers to make extraordinary efforts on behalf of their organizations.”


Nick Morgan

Harvard Biz Review

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.

Speaker workshops are £150

There is an early bird price of £100 if booked a month in advance.
To find out more follow the links below

Giving great talks with Russ Miles

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

Three Conferences

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Developer Week Austin

If you’re a developer, tech executive or entrepreneur, then this is the place to be! Developer Week Austin is part of a series of events held nationwide, showcasing the latest in apps, VR, machine learning and FinTech development, to name a few. The many topics include JavaScript, microservices, VR, DevOps and more.

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Are you a Pythonista? Then you won’t want to miss PyConIE 2018. Two days of the best Python-related talks from Irish and international speakers, full workshop tracks and the opportunity to meet some really cool people. Did we mention this takes place in Dublin? Why aren’t your bags packed yet? It’s coming up in just a few days, so check it out.

Join us for FTC 2018, the world’s pre-eminent forum for reporting technological breakthroughs in the areas of Computing, Electronics, AI, Robotics, Security & Communications.FTC has emerged as the foremost world-wide gathering of academic researchers, Ph.D. & graduate students, top research think tanks & industry technology developers.

Upcoming CFP Deadlines

October 15 2018Developer weekAustin Texas
October 30 2018DevopsdaysNew York
October 31 2018, NIC2019Oslo
November 04 2018SnowcampGrenoble France

History of Tech

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Ada Lovelace Day

“Your best and wisest refuge from all troubles is in your science.”

Here at voxgig we strive to promote diversity and inclusion in tech and hope you’ll join the celebrations with the community on October 9th.

“Ada Lovelace Day (ALD) is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). It aims to increase the profile of women in STEM and, in doing so, create new role models who will encourage more girls into STEM careers and support women already working in STEM.”





A favour…

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 Tammy and Cora,  for helping to make this newsletter even better!