Welcome to this week’s newsletter!
In this issue, we’re taking a look at how perseverance and determination can play a crucial role in speakers’ careers and lives.
Our Learn from the best section features Pat Caslin, who speaks about how illness and disability have led him to take a new, empowered perspective on life.
One of the stories from our podcast guest, Andreea Wade, is about how she persisted in her drive to become a speaker despite an early, negative experience.
In our featured blog post, Cory House writes about how he overcame debilitating social anxiety to become a public speaker, with the help of the motto, “Don’t sit around waiting to be picked. Pick yourself.”
I hope you get as much inspiration from these stories as I did.




Voxgig podcast

Andreea Wade is the founder and CEO of opening.io. Andreea is a rare combination: an event organizer and public speaker. She chats to Richard about how these two roles can clash at times. She also relates how she had a panic attack during her first public speaking experience and discusses the variety of events she curates. Have a listen.

Learn from the best

Chronically ill, very healthy
Pat Caslin, TEDx Dún Laoghaire

Eleven years ago, Pat Caslin was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting progressive multiple sclerosis. After losing his ability to walk, Pat had to make some major adjustments, like giving up golf and cycling, and starting to use a wheelchair.
Pat has replaced the things he’s lost with curiosity about himself and people, and how we think about and see the world. He tells us how this has given him a healthier, more grounded perspective on life.

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

Public speaking transformed my life…and can change yours too

Cory House

“Five years ago, I had never spoken at a conference. Actually, I’d never spoken to a group of any size, period. Like most humans, I found the prospect of speaking to a crowd terrifying…” Read on.



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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

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