Happy new year to all our readers! I hope you had peaceful, restful holidays.
Our theme for this first newsletter of 2019 is “developing your speaking style”. This may strike some of you as odd; after all, isn’t speaking style something you “just have”?
Yes, your speaking style has a lot to do with your innate personality and characteristics, but there’s plenty of room for purposeful development in there too.
To put it another way, we can look at the way we speak right now, identify the attributes that are good, bad and in-between, and then work on enhancing, maintaining or down-playing each attribute, as appropriate.
Analyzing the way we speak may induce some cringing… but it’s worth it.
– Richard

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In this episode, Richard speaks to Tanya Butenko, founder of NodeGirls. Tanya delves into one of her first presentations. The topic was a personal one that made her extremely emotional. She discusses why this style of talk was a bad idea for her first experience.
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Start to develop your own style
Shola KayeYour own speaking style is unique to you, but that doesn’t mean that it comes easily; it develops with time and experience. Shola’s solid advice will help you along the way.

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Develop your speaking style by reading blogs
Michelle Mazur (The communication rebel)”Don’t have your speaking style down yet? Don’t know what makes you stand out? That’s OK. One of the ways that I like to develop my moves is by reading blogs. Not reading blogs about speaking (like the one you are reading now); [I mean] blogs by authors who have a distinct style and voice.”
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Upcoming CFP deadlines

EUROPE APPFORUM 2019 June 04 – 07, closing January 18
GopherCon 2019 San Diego, July 24 – 27, closing January 31
LamdaConf June 05 – 07, closing February 01.

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A favor…

Can I ask you for a favor? If you enjoy this newsletter and 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 newsletter curator Cora for helping to make this newsletter even better!
– Richard
@rjrodger

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